Bachelor Nation by Amy Kaufman

Bachelor Nation

The first definitive, unauthorized, behind-the-scenes cultural history of the Bachelor franchise, America's favorite guilty pleasureFor fifteen years and thirty-five seasons, the Bachelor franchise has been a mainstay in American TV viewers' lives. Since it premiered in 2002, the show's popularity and relevance has only grown--more than eight million viewers tuned in to see the conclusion of the most recent season of The Bachelor.The iconic reali...

Details Bachelor Nation

TitleBachelor Nation
Release DateMar 6th, 2018
GenreNonfiction, Culture, Pop Culture

Reviews Bachelor Nation

  • Malia
    Now that I've outed myself as a Bachelor viewer, I might as well embrace it and fully delve into it. You can't watch this show without being a little critical, or at least I can't. That being said, there's light-hearted snark and then there's mocking. I felt this book fell into the later category. Kaufman is building a career as an author on the Bachelor, so I felt she was often a little too mean about everything involved in the show, including i...
  • Renee (
    My secret is out....I'm a Bachelor Fan! Of course, my immediate family and a few friends know I love The Bachelor and Bachelorette shows but it's not something I regularly admit to watching. I know I'm not alone since I've been seeing comments for this book pop up on Goodreads from others who start off by saying The Bachelor is their guilty pleasure show. And a secret. Well, Amy Kaufman has now put our #BachelorNation obsession into coherent word...
  • Danielle (The Blonde Likes Books)
    Well, now that I've outed myself as a Bachelor fan, I'll say that I was hoping for more behind the scenes gossip and drama, but unfortunately that's not what I got. The book itself was a little boring, and I found myself zoning out while reading it.
  • Vanessa (splitreads)
    This was a fun ride, mostly because Kaufman is a good narrator. She is authoritative/journalistic at times (aka getting us some dirt and behind-the-scenes info, teaching us some Bachelor history, walking us through what it is like to be on this show). And... she is a total fan at other times. I definitely flew through this on audio and enjoyed every minute. I am Bachelor trash, but whatever, Kaufman gets me.
  • Julie
    Read this review on Julie's BookshelfI’m going to lead into this one by saying… Amy, you are HILARIOUS, like really hilarious. From page one Amy had me beyond entertained and this book read as if I was engaging in a conversation with a friend. How many times did I find myself giggling you ask? Well, as if it was an interruption, my dear husband asked me on one too many occasions why I was laughing while my nose was in this book. It's seriousl...
  • Alanna Why
    I skim-read this in 90 minutes at Chapters this afternoon while sipping a Starbucks tea latte because I am secretly B-A-S-I-C. I started watching The Bachelor in high school when I was very sad because watching pretty people cry can make you feel really good about yourself if you are in A Bad Place. Since then, I have dipped in and out of being a member of Bachelor Nation. Often, I will watch only watch the show if someone else in my life happens...
  • Ashley
    I guess I set my expectations too high for this book, because my only thought when I finished reading it was “is that it?”For a book that’s supposed to be about what happens behind the scenes of The Bachelor, it revealed surprisingly little. This could be because I regularly read recaps and blog posts by former contestants, from which Kaufman seems to have drawn much of her material. The only interviews she scored for the book were with con...
  • Eve
    This was a fairly interesting read! I was hoping for more detailed and scandalous dirt, but the author sounds like she did her due diligence in trying to get people to open up. She conducted a ton of interviews with people who were willing to talk, and I really commend her research efforts for this book!Honestly, most of what is revealed in the book will come as no surprise to Bachelor fans unless you really buy into the romance it tries to sell,...
  • Stephanie (That's What She Read)
    This was a lot of fun. I had low expectations because I listen to a few Bachelor podcasts with contestant interviews (I know! I know!) and I thought I mostly understood the setup. Wrong! There was so much I learned from this book. Amy is a great and funny narrator. Each chapter is separated by a celebrity essay on why they're a fan, including Diablo Cody, Amy Schumer and Paul Scheer. I recommend this person to any fan of the Bachelor franchise.
  • Tara - Running 'n' Reading
    If you're reading this post, chances are high that you are a fan of The Bachelor franchise; "fan" may be an exaggeration, but this includes those of you who watch episodes and clips, here and there, so that you can snark on either The Bachelor or The Bachelorette, and their corresponding potential loves, with your friends. 'We don’t want to see them getting married. We just want to see them getting proposed to, because the idea of someone wanti...
  • Jen
    3.5/5 - Rounded up, because it's a book about The Bachelor, duh. Overall, this was a quick, interesting read even if it didn't really reveal as many salacious secrets as I had hoped. I enjoyed the history behind the franchise (erect nipples on The Dating Game what?! Mall Masters - yes!) as well as the celebrity takes on why they love The Bachelor in between chapters (where were Jenny Mollen and Jason Biggs?). It felt like Kaufman wrote this book ...
  • Carmen
    3.5 StarsI've often said that I'd like to see some scholarly work written about The Bachelor franchise. I've never been a devoted fan, but I have been watching more regularly since Chris Soules's stint as the Bachelor. I watch with a critical eye, but I'm not going to lie. I also watch because somehow this frothy confection lets me relax in ways that other programming doesn't, but let's be honest. The whole concept of The Bachelor is just ridicul...
  • Vicki
    This book was full of so many "real-talk" moments that had NOTHING to do with the Bachelor - so many thoughtful musings and statements about love, relationships, gender roles/expectations, and wedding culture. The parts about the creator and pre-cursors to the show dragged, but otherwise, this was a fantastic read.
  • Di
    I cannot believe I wasted my time to read this book. It was supposed to be a behind the scenes take on The Bachelor and The Bachelorette. I did not learn anything new. It reaffirmed my thoughts that the show manipulates their contestants, and edits. No surprise. No juicy details.
  • Sarah at Sarah's Book Shelves
    [3.5 stars]Thank you to Dutton Books and Netgalley for an advanced copy of this book.I’m an unapologetic fan of The Bachelor and am fascinated by all the behind-the-scenes drama. So, I’m almost the perfect reader for this book (my downfall is that I already know a lot of this stuff from reading Reality Steve). Kaufman investigates The Bachelor‘s cultural place in America, how producers get contestants to give them good TV, how and why conte...
  • Shelley
    This was kind of a random pick. I went into it thinking “I’ve never seen a full season of The Bachelor,” but then realized that I’ve never even seen a full episode. I love reality TV, and I’ve watched full seasons of Finding Prince Charming and the Tila Tequila dating shows, but I just don’t like straight romance that much. I have watched Unreal too, and I admit I was mostly curious to see how much of that show accurately portrayed th...
  • Basic B's Guide
    The most dramatic season ever!Bachelor Nation is a juicy fast read. Have you ever wondered why so many people (including yourself) keep watching the show? I think this book would be great for both fans and haters. It explains why so many people love to hate or hate to love this show. First and foremost, Amy Kaufman is a fan. She doesn’t bash, she may poke some fun, but she gives the facts. I enjoyed the alternating chapters with a celebrity’s...
  • Lauren Pierce
    This book wasn’t nearly as good as I wanted it to be. I skim read this book and skipped whole sections. There are some interesting tidbits about how the show works, but I was hoping for more humor to balance out the darker aspects of the show. The author needs to stop shortening words (for example “mansh” instead of “mansion”). A book called “Most Dramatic Ever” is a much more entertaining read about the Bachelor.
  • Jenn
    I can’t believe I read this book. I can’t believe I’ve gone down the bachelor rabbit hole. Whatevs - it was fun! If you watch or hate watch this show, you’ll love learning what goes into making it and why it is such a cultural phenom. You’ll even learn why feminists like me find themselves obsessed and ashamed for getting sucked in.
  • Jill
    This book was really fun and well-written. Amy Kaufman is both a journalist and a huge Bachelor fan, making her narration both authoritative and fun to follow along. You’ve probably already read about the juiciest bits of the book online, but it’s still illuminating to give the whole thing a read.
  • Leah P
    I really enjoyed this book, I’d give it 3.5 stars. I’m a fan of the show, follow the author on twitter and listen to several bachelor podcasts. What I liked most was that there WAS still new information out there to be shared, and I devoured every new piece of gossip. It was the perfect fun, light read.
  • Trianna
  • Ali LaFleur
    Yep, I read this.
  • Sara
    Sometimes I just want to read fluff, and this book was exactly that. Fun and informative with a little bit of psychology and gossip thrown in for good measure. I listened to this as an audio book. So, just like the show where I multi-task while watching, I was able to multi-task while listening, which is exactly what I needed right now!
  • Susan Bazzett-Griffith
    Should I be embarrassed that I pre-ordered this book before it came out and then saved it to read in a one day sitting when I very much needed a distracting pick me up? Probably, but I'm not. It was a fun read- more academically inclined with whole chapters of history of other television dating shows (and this part is honestly what made me give the book 3 vs 4 stars...*yawn*) and less salacious dirt than I'd hoped for (👎), BUT still enough Bac...
  • Gail
    Fans of "The Bachelor" franchise ought to enjoy "Bachelor Nation." Like the show, the book is artfully crafted, composed in a style that makes it easy to overlook annoyances (like Kaufman's Millennialisms) and keep going, with content just interesting enough to justify investing another hour. Even though neither the behind-the-scenes details nor the critical insights Kaufman digs up surprise, they're somehow not boring for their predictability - ...
  • Booksandchinooks (Laurie)
    First of all I have to say I’m not a regular watcher of The Bachelor/Bachelorette series but I was intrigued enough to read this book. The author has some inside knowledge of the show through her reporting about the series and having been invited to some Bachelor events. She also did interviews with former contestants and employees of the show for her book. Through the years we have heard the gossip about editing, manipulation, excessive drinki...
  • Allegra Poschmann
    Perhaps my expectations were too high for this book, but I expected it to be a more incisive take on the wildly popular television franchise. Instead, the book lands somewhere between editorialized non-fiction (memoir?), an armchair psychologist's fever dream and a handful of pages recapping a select few (like 5) former contestants experiences on the show. I understand The Bachelor has a robust legal team and forces its contestants to sign insane...
  • Stephanie
    What does one do to slake their need for ridiculous(ly entertaining) pseudo-romance reality dating games while The Bachelor is between seasons? Read an unauthorized tell-all written by someone who so clearly understands that compulsion, obviously!Kaufman's book certainly isn't The Bach, but it is engaging and has some interesting tidbits thrown in for good measure. Bachelor Nation doesn't contain anything groundbreaking (or at least not for someo...
  • Sarah Elizabeth
    This was an interesting sociological examination of The Bachelor franchise. The author clearly did her research over several years, and was intimately familiar with each season and iteration of the show. There were interviews with contestants from various seasons, references to their books, conversations with previous production crew, and access to behind the scenes documents and procedures. The psychology and sociology behind The Bachelor franch...