Book Review: One to watch by Kate Stayman

One to watch is a classic case of scrambled thoughts. I didn’t get this book at all and because of that It is definitely not something that I enjoyed. To be honest the book is a giant juxtaposition not knowing which side to be on. I know there might be a whole bunch of people who loved this book and has a strong affection for this book. Which means that those people would be sharpening their knives on hearing what I have to say about this book. So I am going to brave it out.

One to Watch Official Synopsis

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 anti-fat 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.

One to Watch RWAT Take

The odd thing is that I love the narration style and the story developments. The author has definitely used a pretty creative narrating style. It was fun to watch the story progress through mail transcripts, chat logs and news articles. It was brilliant and perfectly suited to the story. So that is amazing and something that I can’t overlook or stop from mentioning.

So what was wrong with the book? The basic plot? I mean, I seriously didn’t get what the book was trying to say. I didn’t see the whole point or the central line of the book. Did the book wanted to tell us that you did not need a love partner to complete you? or that if you compromise or wait enough you can get a love interest? or that obese person cannot get a partner without struggle? or society is cruel to obese person? what exactly was the message? because it was all over the place. It was like you are saying one thing and then doing completely opposite. I struggled to make sense of all of it. At one end the book shows an obese character being judged but how could you show that when your central character itself is doing that to herself and you can barely see anybody else being more cruel than herself. Lets assume its about love, then again at one end you are saying you don’t need somebody to be happy and then you show the character unhappy and chasing love in the end. What is happening?

Oh lord I feel like I need to rant a lot, but it can’t be done without spoilers. So you can catch my rants in my character rant for this book


In conclusion this book is totally out of my grasp. I didn’t see the basic point of the book. The core theme just was so all over the place that each incident was a contradiction to what was being said and preached. While the book has got the best and the most creative narration and story telling technique, the basic story plot and its weakness, overshadowed its goodness for me.

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