"The Bachelor gave me an opportunity, but I created my own happy ending."
Rachel Lindsay originally rose to prominence as The Bachelor’s first Black Bachelorette and has since become one of the franchise’s most well-known figures – and outspoken critics. But there has always been more to Rachel than meets the eye, and in this book, she finally tells her own story, in her own words.
In wide-ranging essays, Rachel opens up about what it meant to be the first Black lead on ABC’s hit show and reveals everything about her life off-camera, from her childhood growing up in Dallas, Texas, as the daughter of a U.S. District Judge to her disastrous dating life prior to going on The Bachelor, to her career in law, and her decision to become a reality TV contestant. She also brings her sharp wit and keen intellect to weigh in on issues such as the lack of diversity in reality television and the importance of political engagement, protest, and the Black Lives Matter movement.
Told in the down-to-earth, no-nonsense voice she’s become known for, Rachel’s essays provide an intimate look at the life of one of reality TV’s most beloved stars, as well as advice and inspiration that will make her a role model for anyone who has ever struggled to find their way in love and life. As Rachel says, “contrary to popular belief, the best gift I ever received was not a wedding ring. It was the permission I gave myself to be imperfect.” And if you don’t believe her, you know the saying: miss me with that.