I think the majority of women have battled with their self image for most of their lives. Some feel too big. Some feel too small. Some wish they had larger breasts. Some wish they had a smaller butt. Being introduced to Bea felt like a homecoming in so many ways. As a fashion blogger, she is a picture of confidence and fierceness, but still is plagued by those moments of doubt. I felt like she was relatable in every sense of the word. I loved how Kate showed us all the hidden scary parts that we, as women, try to hide. All of the insecurities and ugly thoughts we have about ourselves and the harsh journey of loving who we are as a whole. I mean, yeah, we don't all experience those moments on a reality TV show but you get the picture! One to Watch somehow manages to capture all of the trials and tribulations of being a "bigger girl" in a "size 0" world and transforms them into small triumphs and victories.
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When they finally got to her house, she thought they wouldn’t even make it to the bed; he threw her against the wall so hard and ripped the damn dress off her. No one had ever wanted her that much.
“Abyssinia says that when you sabotage yourself in love, you dig two graves.”
“Mom, that’s Confucius, and he wasn’t talking about love, he was talking about revenge.”
“I developed my romantic side when I got a little older—I read Gone with the Wind so many times the pages started falling out.”
“And now you’re looking for your real-life Rhett!”
“Hopefully he won’t be a war profiteer, but I did always love how Scarlett and Rhett were each other’s equals. Their fire, their tenacity, their intellect—I hope to find all that in a partner.”
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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.