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|
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|Number of Pages||:||336 pages|
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The Book of Essie Reviews
We all know reality TV isn't real but the idea that it's not only unreal, it's down right manipulative, strategized and fake is somewhat disappointing, even if I secretly know that the way it works. No family has been ever been more "fake" on their reality show than the Hicks family, whose "Six for Hicks" show has made them millions, and famous. (I couldn't help but think of the Duggars as I read this)
The strong willed daughter, Essie is pregnant. Just a teenager, her mother knows that this is n ...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
Emotionally-stirring and hauntingly memorable, “The Book of Essie” which I won through Goodreads Giveaways opens when pregnant seventeen-year-old Esther Anne Hicks, youngest daughter of an evangelical preacher and one of the stars of the popular and financially lucrative television show “Six for Hicks” agrees to be married rather than abort her baby. Determined not to walk into a marriage masterminded by her mother Essie concocts her own scheme using a secret and lucrative financial deal to pair ...more
Essie Hicks, at seventeen, is the youngest child of the hit religious reality television show "Six for Hicks". Being brought up in the limelight has its complications, challenges, and shortcomings especially when Essie finds herself unwed and pregnant; a publicity nightmare. This debut novel is filled with such grit, insight, maturity, and determination from such a young character. A very well written piece of fiction and although it is geared for an adult audience it will have a great appeal to ...more
Why I Love It
by Troian Bellisario
Alright, 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-year-old woman who’s spent her whole life on a reality TV show, I was worried to say the least. Worried, that is, until I realized that this surprisingly gritty girl was actually planning to blow up the show (and her family’s image) from the inside, and she had just the plan to do it.
Essie is the younges ...more
This book is so good! Glad it was my book of the month choice. I was a little Leary about it.
Essie’s family is much like the Duggars but her mother is more fame crazed. Essie has a secret that if it gets out would completely ruin her family. Roarke also has a secret that he could never tell anyone.
Together Essie and Roarke along with a new friend Liberty Bell navigate their secrets to no longer hide anything.
The Book of Essie is, if nothing else, a successful take-down of popular reality shows like 21 Kids and Counting and, well, almost everything else that airs on TLC. The story is told from the perspective of a few main characters, but the focus is on Essie — the teenage star of a popular show and daughter of fundamentalist parents; and, at the start of the novel, she has realized she is pregnant.
This novel is at its best when examining how the family reacts to this news: how the parents and produ ...more