I actually enjoyed reading this. I might not tout it as some Great American Novel, but as an entertaining escape, Ms. O'Connell gets the job done. Especially relatable if you've got a husband and kids at home...
Sarah Holmes is put to the ultimate writing challenge. Audition for the hottest reality tv show, The Stag (think The Bachelor) and make it on to the show. Once that's done, her job is to write an article about how the show is filled with bitchy desperate manhunters, and how the show is exploiting women and their inexplicable desire to nab a man even if it means humiliating herself on national television.
She does make it onto the show, and finds herself attracted to the Stag, and engages herself in conversations with these ladies, and discovers, her story may not take the path they're predetermined at all. Where is the desperation... the needy women clamoring for a man's attention... the imagined self-esteem issues that make these women undermine themselves? Where is the arrogant self-adoration that makes this guy think he IS the catch of the year?
As she competes with these women, she learns more about them, and not all is at it seems on the surface. These ladies have their own agendas, it's true, but it's not always about catching the perfect guy.
Will she be Bachelorette #1? How far will she go to get her story?
Oh, and did i mention... she's already married AND a mother?
This is a fast-paced read that delves into a women's psyche and self-worth, and exposes some truths about relationships. It was a fun book, and was much more entertaining to me than actually watching a reality show.
On an "underground" assignment to write about the reality dating show "The Stag", Sarah learns more about her own marriage and love for her husband. Also a tongue-in-check inside look at "reality" shows.
I love Chick Lit and it has to be intelligent to keep my interest. This book does that. It is about a married woman with a young son and hot husband who accepts a job assignment to go undercover as a single girl in a bachelorette TV show. The book provides the same kind of suspense created by those shows and I found myself rooting for 2 or 3 of the bachelorettes and against the shallow, catty ones. The added subplot of the undercover assignment provides more intrigue, as does the conflict with the husband and son. Recommended beach fiction.
Sarah Holmes is one of the glamorous young hopefuls competing for the heart of "The Stag" - the sexy, charming bachelor on America's hottest reality TV show. But she isn't just another bachelorette. She's an undercover reporter for "Femme" magazine, writing a juicy expose about the women desperate enough to go on TV to vie for a man and the bachelor shallow enough to view dating as a ratings game. But what she discovers is an alternate reality far more seductive than she ever expected. Caught up in a whirlwind of moonlight swims, limo rides, and champagne toasts, Sarah stops working on her article - and starts wanting to win.
There's just one problem. Sarah's also a suburban wife and mother who misses her devoted husband and baby girl back home. Just how far will she go to become Bachelorette #1?
Sarah is undercover for Femme magazine, writing a juicy exposé about the women desperate enough to go on TV to vie for a man, and the bachelor shallow enough to view dating as a ratings game. Armed with a killer wardrobe, sun-kissed highlights, and her reporter's notebook, she can't wait to find out what happens at the posh California resort when the cameras stop rolling.
What she discovers is that this alternate reality is more seductive than she ever expected. The other women aren't all brainless bimbos. And "The Stag" isn't the arrogant jerk she imagined. Caught up in a whirlwind of moonlight swims, limo rides, and champagne toasts, Sarah stops working on her article...and starts wanting to win.
There's just one problem: Sarah's really a suburban wife and mother who misses her devoted husband and baby girl back home. Just how far will she go to become Bachelorette #1?
I like chick lit and thought this was a good example. Sarah's undercover assignment as a "hen" in a "the bachelor" style TV show did not turn out as planned. She went in to ridicule the other "hens" and "the stag", but realized why and how others search for love. And how marraige does not have to change who you are.
I love watching the Bachelor and Bachelorette shows and was interested in how a reality type show would translate into a piece of fiction. Sarah Holmes is a married mom & freelance writer for a women's magazine. Her publisher asks her to go undercover on a reality show and expose it for the joke that it is. Sarah agrees. Once on location, she meets the bachelor, other contestants, and the staff. She gets caught up in the experience and her attitude towards the show and those involved shifts and changes. Needless to say, she learns more about herself than she expected. This was an entertaining read.