One to Watch
by Kate Stayman-London
💄💄💄💄💄 (five stars, as rated in tubes of vibrant, red lipstick!)
If you have ever felt bad about your body, read this book. If you have NEVER felt bad about your body, read this book. If you are fat, read this book. If you are thin, read this book. If you love The Bachelor, read this book. If you’ve never watched a reality TV show in your life, read this book. If you tend not to think too much about how even the so-called “inclusive” brands only go up to size 14 or 16 despite that being literally the AVERAGE size of American women, read this book. If you’ve ever compared the “difficulties” of being skinny or tall to being plus sized as if they’re treated even remotely similarly by fashion brands or the media (guilty), then PLEASE read this book. If you have ever felt that not conforming to society’s unrealistic standards of beauty makes you less desirable or worthy of love, read this book! If you just want to read an enchanting story about a highly relatable woman looking for love and for whom you will clap and giggle and laugh and cry and root for, then, by golly, you really owe it to yourself to read this glorious, beautiful, excellent, seriously-just-can’t-put-this-thing-down masterpiece of a book.
“Everyone wanted so many things from her—to believe in herself and see her own true beauty, but not to be conceited, to know her place. Be more than your looks, but never speak out of turn. Don’t be defined by love, but remember, you’re nothing without it. Be a princess. Find your prince. You don’t need a man to complete you. Stand on your own two feet.”Kate Stayman-London, One To Watch
✨ Rep in this book: Fat protagonist, inter-racial relationship, ace supporting character
✨ Content Warnings for this book: fat shaming, fat-phobic behavior, sexual content, death of a spouse
About the Author: Kate Stayman-London
Kate Stayman-London is a novelist, screenwriter, and political strategist. She served as lead digital writer for Hillary Rodham Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign and has written for notable figures ranging from President Obama and Malala Yousafzai to Anna Wintour and Cher. When not writing or traveling, Kate can be found obsessively ranking Taylor Swift songs, laughing loudly with friends over really good bottles of wine, and of course, watching reality TV. She lives in Los Angeles. (copied from the author’s personal website)
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