The Book of Essie

The Book of Essie

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Esther Ann Hicks 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, how much is she willing to sacrifice to win her own freedom?
Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, [2018]
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2018
ISBN: 9780525520313
0525520317
9780525436072
0525436073
Characteristics: 319 pages ; 22 cm

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B_Strong
Dec 05, 2018

I picked up this book because...and I hate to admit this...but I watch The Duggar’s (19 kids and Counting, Counting On) and am grossly fascinated by their fundamentalist lifestyle.

But this book isn’t a trashy guilty pleasure. It’s very well written and really touches on what it means to love, and what really makes a family.

3.75 stars.

And as a PS I really home one of the Duggar girls pulls a stunt like what is described in this book...without the bad stuff. Basically I want a fake wedding and a tell all book.

JCLS_Ashland_Kristin Oct 29, 2018

A very compelling debut novel. I loved the narrative from multiple points of view, the reality show theme, and the commentary about sexual violence & the media's response to it.

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CoMoReader
May 25, 2018

The Book of Essie is a very compelling story that pulls together many timely topics. Teenage Essie is a smart, relatable young woman who deals with pregnancy, family and friendship while living on the set, so to speak, of her family’s reality TV show. This is a quick read, yet tough issues are not oversimplified. Recommended for both adults and teens.

OPL_AmyW Apr 07, 2018

Especially compelling in today's world of reality TV, The Book of Essie is a story about religion, family, and the secrets that can tear us apart - no matter the smiling face we show the world. Readers should beware of their own triggers before opening the cover. While the ending allows readers to feel a sense of completion when finishing the novel, it felt a little too rushed and unrealistic to me. These characters deal with serious issues that leave a lasting psychological impact. I'm not sure the author fully considered that.

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