Title: Bachelor Nation: Inside the World of America's Favorite Guilty Pleasure
Author: Amy Kaufman
Publisher: Dutton 2018
Genre: Nonfiction - Media
Rating: 4/5 stars
Reading Challenges: Perpetual - Nonfiction Adventure; Seasonal Series - Lemonade; I Love Libraries
Bachelor Nation is the first behind-the-scenes, unauthorized look into the reality television phenomenon. Los Angeles Times journalist Amy Kaufman is a proud member of Bachelor Nation and has a long history with the franchise--ABC even banned her from attending show events after her coverage of the program got a little too real for its liking. She has interviewed dozens of producers, contestants, and celebrity fans to give readers never-before-told details of the show's inner workings: what it's like to be trapped in the mansion "bubble"; dark, juicy tales of producer manipulation; and revelations about the alcohol-fueled debauchery that occurs long before the fantasy suite.
I heard Amy Kaufman do an interview on Here to Make Friends (a Bachelor podcast). I was intrigued by the premise of the book even more than the books written by former contestants. I dove into this one headfirst and didn't stop reading until the end. In speaking to a ton of people formerly involved in the show, she gained a very interesting perspective. I was at times horrified and intrigued. A very interesting take on the show.
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