Thursday, April 2, 2015

For the Right Reasons Review


About the Book

The virgin Bachelor Sean Lowe reveals the challenges of finding love while championing his Christian convictions in the morally complex world of reality TV.

After"The Bachelorette"broke his heart, Sean Lowe suspected his nice guy image hurt him. The show never emphasized it, but Sean committed to living according to biblical standards of sexuality, even as producers emphasized the risque and promiscuous. A Texas boy from a Baptist home, Sean tells the story of how he went from a Division I college football player to a fan favorite on reality television, taking readers behind the scenes of"The Bachelor"and"The Bachelorette"to see the challenges of living out his values and faith and ultimately winning his true love s heart.

"For the Right Reasons"is about the journeys we all have to take in the real world, where being good is the right thing to do but sometimes doesn't seem to be enough; where betrayal is commonplace; and where that thing called perfection is actually just a cruel myth. Sean learned a few things from his two seasons on the hottest romance shows on television, and he wants others to benefit from those lessons: good does eventually win, lies will be discovered, and nice guys do ultimately finish first." (Goodreads)

My Review

I'll start by saying I didn't watch this season of the Bachelor on TV. I have only watched one season of the show so I'm not like the other devoted fans. I wanted to read this book to get perspective. To see if what is on TV could possibly be real and how a Christian would act in that type of environment. I enjoyed reading Sean's backstory on his family and growing up. Then the book started to talk about life on the Bachelorette and how he even got there which was the most interesting part in my opinion. He started off by thinking the show was a joke and well, we all know that's not what happened. The second half of the book is focused on his role as the Bachelor and how he really did fall for multiple women. At times it seemed like he was just writing things to make the reader believe what we see is real and I have a hard time believing that. Right before he proposed he had no idea who he wanted. I guess I don't understand this part. It's also funny because he says the producers would prompt them to kiss and I can't imagine having a real relationship when being prompted. He makes out with multiple woman on the show and falls for them all. Then realizes at the last second he hasn't talked to one of the woman about her faith and what she believes. I would think this would have been a main point in the fantasy suite. Anyway, I think it's great that it all worked out for them but I still have a hard time believing what we see is entirely real.

If you are a fan of the show I think you would love this book.

Three and a half stars as it did capture my attention and gave me a new perspective on the show.

"I received this book from BookLook Bloggers for free in exchange for an honest review."

1 comment:

Becky said...

I thought the Bachelorette part was the most interesting, too! I loved the book, but I'm a Bachelor superfan--t was nice to see what someone who isn't as into the franchise thought of the book :-) And yes, I would say that most of what we see on the show isn't real. I listen to Jason & Molly Mesnick's podcast (he's the Bachelor who dumped his "winner" for the runner-up), and they freely talk about how contrived certain things are.