Knowing that I had been on kind of a rom-com bender, a friend of mine recommended One to Watch as a must-read. I’m so glad she did because to be entirely honest, I tend not to prioritize reading romance books about straight people. Whoops. Luckily, the glowing rec and the concept encouraged me to give it a shot.
One to Watch is about Bea, a plus-size fashion blogger who is chosen to be the star of the reality show Main Squeeze after criticizing the show’s lack of body diversity. Main Squeeze is an obviously fictionalized version of The Bachelor, wherein a cast of suitors vie for Bea’s affections—multiple intriguing potential love interests, a few villains, plenty of ridiculous dates, and a rabid and vocal viewer-base (hilariously scattered across the book via group chat excerpts, blogs, Twitter reactions, and more).
There’s a lot to love about One to Watch, including its sharp commentary on our fatphobic culture, its behind-the-scenes depictions of the entertainment industry, and how it legit keeps you guessing which of these guys, if any, is the actual endgame love interest for Bea. Seriously, I changed my mind at least three different times as I was reading. On top of being a lot of fun, it’s also earnest and ultimately joyful. It’ll hit you right in the feels if you’ve ever doubted you’re ‘worthy’ of love. —Anna Borges, senior health editor
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