A debut novel of family, fame, and religion that tells the emotionally stirring, wildly captivating story of the seventeen-year-old daughter of an evangelical preacher, star of the family's hit reality show, and the secret pregnancy that threatens to blow their entire world apart.Esther Ann Hicks--Essie--is the youngest child on Six for Hicks, a reality television phenomenon. She's grown up in the spotlight, both idolized and despised for her family's fire-and-brimstone brand of faith. When Essie's mother, Celia, discovers that Essie is pregnant, she arranges an emergency meeting with the show's producers: Do they sneak Essie out of the country for an abortion? Do they pass the child off as Celia's? Or do they try to arrange a marriage--and a ratings-blockbuster wedding? Meanwhile, Essie is quietly pairing herself up with Roarke Richards, a senior at her school with a secret of his own to protect. As the newly formed couple attempt to sell their fabricated love story to the media--through exclusive interviews with an infamously conservative reporter named Liberty Bell--Essie finds she has questions of her own: What was the real reason for her older sister leaving home? Who can she trust with the truth about her family? And how much is she willing to sacrifice to win her own freedom?...
|Title||:||The Book of Essie|
|Format Type||:||Kindle Edition|
|Number of Pages||:||336 pages|
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The Book of Essie Reviews
I don’t think I could shout from any more rooftops how much I LOVED #TheBookOfEssie by @meghanmacleanweir - I devoured the entire book in about half a day yesterday... centered around a teen from an evangelical religious family with their own reality show (a la Duggar family) when low and behold, the titular teen is pregnant...what can the family do to save face (and their empire), plan a wedding, of course!
This book is SO unique and well done, the voices of Essie, Rourke and Liberty all have ...more
*my BOTM pick for June Box*
Essie is the youngest of Pastor Hick’s children, and has lived her life on television for her family’s show Six for Hicks. It doesn’t really allow for a normal childhood or life in general. Everyone thinks they know her from the show… but they know nothing- and she’s ready to change that.
Rourke is the handsome school athlete. Everyone likes him- he has the looks, grades, and talent. Unfortunately that won’t get him far without money- college is expensive and his parents are about to loos ...more
If possible I would give more stars. The first half of the year is nearly over and this was the best book so far, hands down. I saw it as a recommendation in a newsletter in my email and thought, wth, sounds interesting, I'll give it a try. And couldn't stop reading.
It pulled me in from first page and didn't let go. Poor Essie and brave Essie, it was gripping to follow along as the story and her past slowly unfolded. Until the very satisfying ending.
Nothing to nitpick, glad I found it and I hop ...more
I'm here for the rainbow holographic foil.
How far would you go to gain freedom and control over your life? The answer for Essie Hicks is: as far as it takes.
Essie is the sixth child of a famous Evangelical preacher who is the subject of a long-standing reality TV show. She came of age in the spotlight, her whole life engineered by her controlling mother to present the best image of a happy family and maintain their ratings.
But when Essie becomes pregnant at age 17, she finally takes the reigns, creating an elaborate plan to escape her f ...more
I was super disappointed by this book. For the heavy subject matter this book deals in, the tone feels much too light. On top of that, characters don't really act (and react) like real people. I went into this with expectations it was adult literary fiction, but it read like YA, with three alternating first person narrators, two of whom are teenagers. There's nothing wrong with that, and I've read some excellent YA that does handle serious topics like the ones in this book very well, but the com ...more
Whoa! I am not sure I know how to put into words the way I felt after reading this book. Sick to my stomach for one thing; the subject matter is highly disturbing. Yet, at the same time, there is no denying the novel is utterly riveting. My three star rating has nothing to do with the quality of writing nor the engrossing aspect of the book. Rather, I deducted points because it is so very, very unsettling.
Certainly playing well into the times in which we live, The Book of Essie centers around a ...more