One to Watch by Kate Stayman-London

Sharp writing, an emotional roller coaster, and a HEA with all the feels.

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Bea doesn’t believe she deserves love, which is why when she is offered the chance to star in the new season of the reality TV series MAIN SQUEEZE she has no problem saying yes.

How could she say no? It will give her the popularity she needs to leverage her influencer career and she can’t get hurt, her heart is already broken.

Bea quickly learns that she is not a person who take love lightly and her heart can be heart in more ways than she can imagine. When suitors vocalize her worst fears, that her weight makes her unloveable, she must choose to live like those comments don’t hurt, or learn that her happily ever after will only come when she loves herself.

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ONE TO WATCH has taken the top spot in my books to watch for summer 2020. Although it is still a close race between it and THE TROUBLE WITH HATING YOU. Slayman-London writes a universally likable, complicated, caring character in Bea. I loved the slow burn romance, appreciated the diverse cast of characters that went beyond color bringing awareness to non-gender-conforming lives, non-conforming romance, and asexuality.

The writing is fresh and told in a series of texts, emails, podcasts, chats and prose. Some of my favorite characters were from the fandoms that pop up around reality tv.

This was so much more than a book about a traditional HEA. This is the HEA every person, especially women who have been marginalized, need to experience.

There is so much more to say about this book, but I will have to recover from my book hangover to express.

I will however share some of my favorite lines from this book:

After years of practice, Bea thought she’d mastered the art of being large and invisible at the same time–“

“Bea knew she wasn’t looking for an ending–not really. She was looking for a beginning.”

“Linus isn’t exaggerating,” Gwen responded. “No one in history has been that disappointed to see Chris Evans.”

And the number one line(s)

Marin[11:04pm] Yesssssss I love this plan!! Watch as much Rosa Diaz as possible and become a queer woman so you never have to date men again!!

Bea [11:06pm] Is that how queerness works?

Marin [11:06pm] Listen, was I born gay, or did Julia Stiles in 10 Things I hate About You *make* me gay? It’s literally impossible to know.

Do yourself a favor and read this book.

I received a copy through NETGALLEY for a fair review. I was not paid for my opinions. All thoughts are my own.

If you would like to purchase a copy, click the Amazon link below. I am an Amazon Affiliate, so if you click on the link and make a purchase I will receive a portion of the sale.

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