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“Made my Bachelor-loving heart very happy.” —Rachel Lynn Solomon, author of Today Tonight Tomorrow

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.

About The Author

Photograph by James Mangle

Bethany Mangle is the author of the Prepped and All the Right Reasons. She was born in Korea and raised in New Jersey in a household full of books, sheet music, and dog hair. She currently lives and writes in Mississippi. Visit her at BethanyMangle.com.

Product Details

  • Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books (February 15, 2022)
  • Length: 304 pages
  • ISBN13: 9781534499058
  • Grades: 9 and up
  • Ages: 14 - 99
  • Lexile ® HL780L The Lexile reading levels have been certified by the Lexile developer, MetaMetrics®

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Raves and Reviews

"Bethany Mangle writes with a fresh, fun voice and an excellently deadpan sense of humor. All The Right Reasons made my Bachelor-loving heart very happy."

– Rachel Lynn Solomon, author of Today Tonight Tomorrow

"Never have I rooted so hard for such a wonderful mother and daughter relationship! Julia and Cara are absolutely adorable and real and I love them so much! This is one of the cutest, funnest, and most delightful YA's I've read in a long time!"

– Ellen Oh, co-founder of WeNeedDiverseBooks, editor of Thousand Beginnings and Endings, and author of the Prophecy series

"Fans of the typical reality television drama will enjoy the portrayal of this fictional show, which features everything from contestants with memorable introductory gimmicks to the traditional, universally despised villain who somehow sticks around until the finale. The backdrop of the show doesn’t overshadow the complex, realistic relationship between Cara and her mom, or the difficulties of navigating new family dynamics. Secondary characters are fleshed out well and details about the show’s production will satisfy those who want to know how real reality television is. Above all, this unconventional rom-com will have readers laughing at ­everything from Cara’s creative rating scales to the banter with her unexpected love ­interest. VERDICT Hand this to fans of ­Maurene Goo and Amy Spalding, reality TV ­lovers, or anyone who loves a happy ending."

– School Library Journal

"A standout romance, as easy to binge as any reality show—but with smarter dialogue and way more genuine heart."

– Booklist

"For those who are curious about the behind-the-scenes elements of reality TV, the novel offers plenty of detail and gives a sense of the tedious nature of the process and the deliberate manufacturing of drama. Mangle deftly handles the tensions and hurt of a family post-divorce and the authenticity of a mother-daughter relationship....Fluffy and fun."

– Kirkus Reviews

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