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Tuesday Walk of Shame is back after last week’s (necessary) Star-Wars-induced hiatus (did you hear, the new movie is “so good“?). I’ve taken over Kris’s series again this week to discuss Sean Lowe’s book For the Right Reasons. As Kris has shared previously, there is a whole library of Bachelor books just waiting to be explored, and we’re here to let you know which ones are most worth reading, as the member of Bachelor Nation you are.
Do you remember Sean Lowe? If you’re a hardcore Bachelor fan, I’m sure you do… he was possibly one of the most popular Bachelors ever (but, you know, the dreamy and perfect Ben Higgins is obviously going to take over this title shortly). Despite the fact that Sean dealt with a difficult season of The Bachelor (aren’t they all?), he still came out at the end looking overall like a class act – which is not usually the case.
But on to his book… as I’ve already mentioned, it was titled For the Right Reasons, and this title was possibly my favourite part of the book. This phrase is one that is thrown around pretty casually and liberally on any season of the Bachelor, and I originally thought that Sean was maybe just being the stereotypical Bachelor guy that he can often come across as by titling his book this way. But within the first few pages, Sean came clean, letting all of us know that he may not have been on the show “for the right reasons”. He originally went on The Bachelorette for a good story and an adventure. He wasn’t closed to finding love, but he didn’t really expect it to happen this way.
Sean Lowe, the golden boy, wasn’t originally in the Bachelor game for what are typically known as “the right reasons”.
This is a revelatory statement as far as Bachelor Nation is concerned. Fans and contestants alike are constantly speculating about whether everyone on the show is there “for the right reasons”. The fact that Sean was so open to admitting to the fact that he might not have originally been focused on the right things shows that this is probably the case for most contestants. Does anyone actually expect to find love on this show? They all say they do, but who really knows. I respect Sean all the more for raising this point. And in the end, does it really matter whether he expected to find love? Because the fact is that he did.
This book was a relatively quick read – especially for someone like me who has trouble putting down a book before it is finished. I can’t say I read it in one sitting, but it certainly wasn’t difficult. Sean shared some behind-the-scenes knowledge about what it’s really like to be a contestant on The Bachelorette, or to be The Bachelor, but he didn’t have the same level of shock factor in the things he shared as Courtney Robertson did in her book I Didn’t Come Here To Make Friends (which I reviewed a few weeks ago for this series). The parts of the book that I actually found the most interesting ones were mostly at the beginning. I really enjoyed learning more about Sean’s backstory and how he ended up on a reality TV dating show. Once he got into talking about the show itself, I found myself wishing he’d be as candid as Courtney was… though perhaps his experience was just a bit more sterile than hers.
I did enjoy hearing about a couple of the small behind-the-scenes discussions that he had with some of the contestants. These were not big moments by any means, but hearing about how he needed to check in with Catherine about faith the night before he proposed to her, or that AshLee had brought up doing a newlyweds show once they were married and this was a red flag for him was interesting. Speaking of which, I find it fairly hypocritical that AshLee’s idea was a turn-off for him at the time (and he gave it as the reason he actually let her go), but as soon as the next reality show opportunity came his way, he jumped all in on Dancing with the Stars. In addition to this, he and Catherine are constantly doing appearances on different TV shows. I question whether he was actually honest about not wanting to be in the spotlight.
Aside from this point, Sean has a very likeable voice throughout the memoir (as he did throughout his time as the Bachelor). I think that this book is pretty much what you would expect from Sean Lowe. It’s not shocking, but it does have some interesting insights into the whole strange experience of falling in love on a reality show, and I enjoyed the look at Sean’s life as a normal guy before he was The Bachelor.
To help you quantify just how good this book actually is, here is a score for the book using our Rating System:
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