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One to Watch

A Novel
Written by: Kate Stayman-London
Narrated by: Kristen Sieh
Length: 11 hrs and 42 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (16 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

USA Today best seller

Real love...as seen on TV. 

A plus-size bachelorette brings a fresh look to a reality show in this razor-sharp, “thoroughly charming” (Hillary Clinton) debut.

“Relatable, incredibly smart...an extraordinary debut.” (Jasmine Guillory, New York Times best-selling author of The Wedding Date and The Proposal)

Bea Schumacher is a devastatingly stylish plus-size fashion blogger who has amazing friends, a devoted family, legions of Insta followers - and a massively broken heart. 

Like the rest of America, Bea indulges in her weekly obsession: the hit reality show Main Squeeze. The fantasy dates! The kiss-off rejections! The surprising amount of guys named Chad! But Bea is sick and tired of the lack of body diversity on the show. Since when is being a size zero a prerequisite for getting engaged on television? 

Just when Bea has sworn off dating altogether, she gets an intriguing call: Main Squeeze wants her to be its next star, surrounded by men vying for her affections. Bea agrees, on one condition - under no circumstances will she actually fall in love. She’s in this to supercharge her career, subvert harmful beauty standards, inspire women across America, and get a free hot air balloon ride. That’s it. 

But when the cameras start rolling, Bea realizes things are more complicated than she anticipated. She’s in a whirlwind of sumptuous couture, internet culture wars, sexy suitors, and an opportunity (or two, or five) to find messy, real-life love in the midst of a made-for-TV fairy tale. 

In this joyful, wickedly observant debut, Bea has to decide whether it might just be worth trusting these men - and herself - for a chance to live happily ever after.

©2020 Kate Stayman-London (P)2020 Random House Audio

What the critics say

“Bea Schumacher is an irresistible heroine, and One to Watch will win you over just as quickly. Its clever skewering of reality TV tropes is balanced by a sweet sincerity and a real belief in true romance. The Bachelor should be so lucky as to land a Bea of its own.” (Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan, best-selling authors of The Royal We and The Heir Affair)

“A delicious and whip-smart page-turner about the complication of being a complicated woman in the world today.” (Jo Piazza, best-selling author of Charlotte Walsh Likes to Win)

“One to Watch is a powerful story about the love we have for ourselves and others. It’s a vibrant, tender, stylish, sexy, and outrageously joyful book, and I couldn’t bear to put it down for one second.” (Hannah Orenstein, author of Love at First Like

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LOVE THIS BOOK!

I really enjoyed this book. I couldn’t stop listening to it. The narrator did an excellent job!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2020-07-17

Thoroughly enjoyed from start to finish

Kristen Sieh— I give you a standing ovation! Wonderful narration, truly. This was a delightful story matched perfectly with superb narration. I’ve returned several audibles due to distracting narrators, but this was a one woman show worth listening to. This audible made me into those crazy people who start talking to the screen at movie theaters— just that good. Kate Stayman-London— you take your reader/listener on a vivid rollercoaster ride of fun. I smiled the whole book through. Thank you both!

Take a chance, you’ll not regret it. Great book.

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  • Zoe Clarke
  • 2020-07-26

Fun, well-performed summer/beach read

While this is a modern romance about a young woman finding love, don’t make the mistake of dismissing this book as just another one of the sappy and poorly-written romances that flood the market each summer. This book has a depth and complexity that goes beyond the ‘pretty girl who doesn’t realise how pretty she is until a man shows her’ trope that is so often seen in this genre. The plot is fast-paced, and is told from a variety of perspectives, which both maintains your interest and reflects the multitude of ways we receive information in the modern age.

As a plus size woman, I found the book particularly relatable, so much so that, at times, I found myself tearing up a little at descriptions of situations so familiar to my own experience. The book accurately portrays how plus size women are treated, the comments we face on a daily basis, and how this (often unconsciously) affects how even the most confident among us experience the world - all without being preachy.

Having said that, you don’t have to be plus size to enjoy this book. While the main character’s size is an ever-present context, the issues she faces are not so different to those of most young women, making this a relatable and enjoyable read for anyone who appreciates this genre.

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  • Jessi
  • 2020-07-10

A great read!!

This book was funny, positive and kept gripped for the next chapter. I loved the story line and the twists and turns. I felt that Bea’s character was totally relatable and you couldn’t help but root for her and her shooters! I found myself laughing out loud with it’s one liners. I also loved the narration by Kristen Sieh-she really brought the book to life. This is a great summer read/listen!

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  • Carmen
  • 2020-08-10

High School Social Media Drama

If you like listening to someone read imagined texts, emails and podcast commentary with a gushing, high school girl's drama queen delivery, you'll love it. It was irritating, but the narrator did nail it. I listened to an interview where the author said it took about 2 years for her to write it. Seriously? Two years to basically cut and paste stuff from social media about The Bachelorette and change a few words? The story line had promise (the first plus-sized lead of Bachelorette), but it quickly got lost in the author's desperation to be relevant in the emptiness that is social media.

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  • K. Confair
  • 2020-07-21

OMG!!! This was one of the best books I've heard

OMG!!! This book will take you through the highs and lows of Bea's very public journey to find love. By going on a reality show, you see her transformation all the while coming to terms with her curves and perceptions about her body type. I laughed and cried listening to this book and I will do it again. I was caught at the beginning and was kept entertained and hooked on the story throughout. Kristen Sieh did a fantastic job in her narrations. I would recommend this to anyone.

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  • WNG
  • 2020-07-09

I found a new author!

This is the first book I've read by this author. it was very good. I found myself rooting for Bee and a few guys.But one guy stuck out to me early on. And I was right! Like another reader said, I didn't want this book to end. Good story line, and I liked the performance of the reader, Kristen Sieh as well.

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  • P.H.
  • 2020-08-10

Great if you’re into bachelorette reruns

We read this for our book club and while the premise sounded interesting, it could not have been more unoriginally copied straight from the bachelorette. The only difference was a fuller figured lead. Mildly entertaining but overall disappointing.

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  • UURev
  • 2020-08-09

WOW!!!

what an awesome powerful story of a fierce fat femme. all women should read this book (and men lol). it was the best book I've read in a long while and I cannot wait to find more by this author!

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  • Laurel McKee
  • 2020-08-09

Love, love, loved the Narrator

I have never written a review here, but I just finished this book and the narration was incredible. Kristen Sieh brought these delightful characters to life, and made me love the story that much more. Researching everything else she’s narrated now.... and would gladly listen to more by Stayman-London, too 😊

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  • 2020-08-05

Loved it!!

I loved this book. Unfortunately, this book was super true, in a good wsy though. There were parts that made me laugh, cry, and say OMG Bea!! What were you thinking!?! It was a light and fun read with romance thrown in and the totally true feelings that many of us experience about ourselves and our self worth.