The Bachelor meets Gilmore Girls in this laugh-out-loud young adult romance about a girl who joins her mother on a reality dating show for single parents—only to fall for a contestant’s son.
Cara Hawn’s life fell apart after her father cheated on her mother and got remarried to a woman Cara can’t stand. When Cara accidentally posts a rant about her father online, it goes viral—and catches the attention of the TV producers behind a new reality dating show for single parent families.
The next thing Cara and her mother know, they’ve been cast as leads on the show and are whisked away to sunny Key West where they’re asked to narrow a field of suitors and their kids down to one winning pair. All of this is outside of Cara’s comfort zone, from the meddling producers to the camera-hungry contestants, especially as Cara and her mother begin to clash on which suitors are worth keeping around. And then comes Connor.
As the son of a contestant, Connor is decidedly off-limits. Except that he doesn’t fit in with the cutthroat atmosphere in all the same ways as Cara, and she can’t get him out of her head. Now Cara must juggle her growing feelings while dodging the cameras and helping her mom pick a bachelor they both love, or else risk fracturing their family even more for the sake of ratings. Maybe there’s a reason most people don’t date on TV.
Title: All the Right Reasons
Author: Bethany Mangle
Publication Date: February 15, 2022
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance
I so enjoyed the reality tv experience, the humor, and the variety of characters this book had to offer!
As I mentioned, I really loved the reality tv show portion of this book. It showed how people can be manipulated and things can be twisted for good tv. It reminded me of ONE TO WATCH with a family/single parent twist to it. It was like reading an episode of The Bachelor and I loved that!
Also, I loved getting to know all the crazy characters this book introduces. The three Mikes were good at their job and gave a great insight into the reality tv industry. Ray and Sabrina were so sweet and thoughtful that I wanted to hug them by the end. And a few of the other contestants were just entertaining to have around.
Overall, this was a lovely ode to all those kids who have had to suffer through divorce and just wanted the best for their family in the end. While we’re not all perfect, happiness is attainable for each and every person no matter your circumstance.
Disclaimer: I voluntarily read and reviewed a gifted and advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
Bethany Mangle writes young adult contemporary fiction, but her tastes as a reader are extremely varied. She has a particular love of fantasy and science fiction. When she isn’t writing, she enjoys baking questionable cakes and spoiling her dog.
Her debut novel, PREPPED, was published in 2021. Her second, ALL THE RIGHT REASONS, releases Spring 2022. Bethany is represented by Jennifer Wills and Nicole Resciniti of The Seymour Agency.