The Book of Essie

The Book of Essie

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
Edition Language:English
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About Meghan MacLean Weir


    The Book of Essie Reviews

  • Larry H

    4.5 stars, rounded up.Praise the lord!How quick we are to judge people, even if (or especially) when we don't know them. This is even more the case where celebrities are concerned—we think we know t...

  • Lola

    TRIGGER WARNING – Abuse.For a long time, I didn’t read stories with religious themes. Not because I was prejudiced against them. On the contrary, I tried a few when I was a teen, and they seemed t...

  • Meredith B.  (readingwithmere)

    4.5 Stars!I finally finished another BOTM book in the same month I got it! I read this as a buddy read with the #essiebuddies on Instagram and it's really sparked some great stories and outlooks on me...

  • Chris

    Every once in a while, a novel comes along that is both timelessly beautiful and unbelievably timely. The Book of Essie is such a story. Meghan MacLean Weir has given us a young heroine who is at once...

  • Maxwell

    [3.5 stars]I thought this book was very addictive, especially towards the beginning. The premise alone is very intriguing and I really wanted to know what was going to happen. But after about the 2/3 ...

  • Rose (Traveling Sister)

    BE STILL, MY HEART.I think it's fitting that I finished this book, just now, on my way to the beach. It's a place that makes me slightly uncomfortable but fascinates me nonetheless. It's a place where...

  • JanB

    Essie has been living her entire life under the glare of TV cameras. She’s the youngest of 6 kids on a reality TV show called 'Six for Hicks'. Her father is an evangelical minister and her mother is...

  • Book of the Month

    Why I Love Itby Troian BellisarioAlright, confession time: I am NOT a fan of reality television. I’m sorry, but I just don’t get it. So when I began reading The Book of Essie, a story about a 17-y...

  • Vanessa

    Interesting concept, I did enjoy the idea of the book better than the execution. It had all the makings for an excellent read. However I did not fully buy into the characters and storyline, it was all...

  • Carol (Bookaria)

    There is something about the prelude to imminent scandal that hooks me to a novel.Only in books though since I don't watch much TV or have an interest in real-life drama. The fact remains that I did ...