Tuesday, May 19, 2015

For the Right Reasons by Sean Lowe (Review)

For the Right Reasons: America's Favorite Bachelor on Faith, Love, Marriage, and Why Nice Guys Finish First
by Sean Lowe
Non-Fiction / Memoir
Available February 2015
Thomas Nelson
272 pages



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 risqué 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.

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My Thoughts
I confess, I have been a fan of The Bachelor and The Bachelorette since the very beginning. I've been fed up a time or two and sworn that I would never again watch, but I always get sucked back in. Of course, I was excited to see that Sean Lowe had a book out since he truly was one of the nicest people to ever be on the show. I knew there was something different about him when I watched his seasons, so I was looking forward to reading more of his story.

For the Right Reasons probably won't win awards for the best written book. BUT that doesn't mean I didn't thoroughly enjoy it. I appreciated learning more about his family, career before becoming a reality TV "star," and his personal life. I loved getting the behind-the-scenes story about the process to becoming a contestant, insider info about how the show works, and more details about the things I watched on TV. What a fun read! 

Fans of The Bachelor franchise, fans of Sean Lowe, or anyone who's curious about the inner workings of reality TV will enjoy this book. [4 stars]

I received a free copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my fair and honest review.

About the Author
Sean Lowe, one of the three finalists on Emily Maynard's popular season of The Bachelorette, later starred in the 2013 season of The Bachelor. Credited by the New York Times for "reinvigorating the franchise," he has been voted America's favorite Bachelor and is the only one to marry his match from the show. Sean and his bride, Catherine, live in Dallas, Texas, with their two dogs, Ellie and Lola.

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