Bachelor Nation: Inside the World of America’s Favorite Guilty Pleasure by Amy Kaufman

This is the most dramatic Bachelor Tell All Book EVER!!…sadly nope. 

Hi, I’m Amanda and I’m a “fan” of the Bachelor franchise. I use the term fan loosely because I mostly watch because of the drama, not for the romance. Based on everything that happened last season (with what Arie and the producers did to Becca), I’m thinking of taking a break from the series. Anyways, I wanted to know the dirt behind America’s favourite guilty pleasure and I thought that this was going to be the perfect book since Amy was never a contestant so there is no contract to break.

Sadly, it didn’t happen that way and it just felt like a long essay on how producers are behind reality shows. I wanted more dirt and I really wanted to see past contestants and crew members open up on what really happens behind the scenes.

Some things I learned:

  1. Contestants aren’t allow to bring books or magazines on their possible 8 week journey on the Bachelor. There is no way I could ever do that. The reason for this is that the producers want contestants to sit around all day, get bored and stir up drama about the other contestants.
  2. All those appearing on the Bachelor must sign a contract that states that the producers can use and change any material of you. Most contestants just sign the contract without reading it all.
  3. Drinks are not forced upon the contestants, but are strongly encouraged. Even producers will take shots with the contestants in order to get them to open up in their one-on-one confessions.
  4. Producers are constantly encouraging contestants to say what the producers want them to say. Some past contestants compared this to an interrogation where after a hour of saying no, they end up saying whatever they need so they can get out of the room.

So in my eyes, the book feel flat. Some chapters were really boring that I ended up just skimming through (the history of the dating game shows and the bios of the creators/producers). I wish there was more past (and more current) contestants that spoke with Amy. The biggest ones were: Nick Viall, Sean and Catherine Lowe, Desiree Siegfried and Ben Flajnik and nothing that they said came as much as a surprise.

2 calculators out of a potential 5. I would only suggest this to fans of the franchise, but go in with very low expectations. This isn’t the tell all, behind the scenes book that it was advertised to be.

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