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With every new season of The Bachelor, The Bachelorette, and even more of the series’ adjacent franchises, comes the promise of one of the most dramatic seasons yet. Sometimes, that tease comes to fruition — and tonight’s first finale episode will likely be one of the most shocking two hours of TV longtime fans of the series have seen in quite a long time. Watching the reality TV show and bearing witness to all the drama is one thing. But being in the Bachelor bubble or investigating the franchise’s storied history is something else entirely.
From former leads and contestants to Bachelor scholars, we’ve compiled a list of books that provide every member of Bachelor Nation with a close look into the reality TV phenomenon that’s lasted nearly 20 years. Books like Amy Kaufman’s Bachelor Nation take a deep dive into the franchise’s history, tactics production uses on contestants, and the untold stories that never make it to the “After the Final Rose” episodes.
Then there are first-hand accounts, like Rachel Lindsay’s Miss Me with That, in which the former Bachelorette lead reveals what her historic role in the franchise meant, and how she paved her own path once she happily married the recipient of her final rose, Bryan Abasolo. These books have practically everything a devoted fan of The Bachelor could want. Take a look at some of the best Bachelor Nation books that break down the franchise.