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The Book of Essie

Tekijä: Meghan MacLean Weir

Muut tekijät: Robbie Daymond (Kertoja)

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Young Adult Fiction. Young Adult Literature. HTML:FINALIST FOR THE 2018 NEW ENGLAND BOOK AWARD
"Both timelessly beautiful and unbelievably timely."??Chris Bohjalian, New York Times bestselling author of Midwives and The Flight Attendant
A captivating novel of family, fame, and religion that tells the 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 wi
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Näyttää 1-5 (yhteensä 37) (seuraava | näytä kaikki)
Ooooooh, I love this book! If I could give it 6/5 stars, I would.

Seventeen year old Esther Hicks is the last child of Jethro and Celia Hicks, and one of the stars of the reality tv show, Six for Hicks, which follows Essie and her family through her father’s Evangelical ministry. But when a life altering situation threatens the family’s multi-million dollar livelihood, as well as Essie’s way of life, she concocts a plan that will not only set her up for life, but free her from the stronghold she calls her family. In order to make the plan work, she must convince complete stranger, 18-year-old Roark Richards to marry her, within the next couple weeks. Roark and his family will benefit tremendously if he goes through with this arrangement, but his own secret may take them all down.

On the surface, this book sounds easy-peasy and without much depth, but as the pages turn (and they will fly by), there is so much to this book it is hard to put into words. Fraught with undertones of evil, religion, family drama, sexual identity, and lies, Meghan MacLean Weir writes an absolutely beautiful story about love and motherhood, friendship, and justice.

The Book of Essie is written from three perspectives: Essie’s, Roark’s, and Liberty Bell’s, a journalist who unwittingly has more in common with Essie than many know.

The eloquent way Weir writes this book without vulgarity or harsh language and instead with grace, and honesty, one hardly knows they are actually reading about rape and incest.

So. Freaking. Good. Absolutely powerful.

*I listened to this book on Audible (which was fabulous) and before I finished it, I purchased the hardcover to keep in my personal library. ( )
  LyndaWolters1 | Apr 3, 2024 |
I really thought I would like this book more than I did. It didn't unfold in as interesting a way as I thought it might - and was fairly predictable. I watched a lot about the familys in the news that this book takes inspiration from - and I feel like it could have been more daring - I also feel like the characters could have been better developed. I don't think it is characterized as YA but it felt a bit like some YA books that I have read. It would be a good book to read during travel. ( )
  alanna1122 | Oct 8, 2023 |
Just as she turns seventeen, Essie discovers she is pregnant. Because her family are stars of a hit reality show and her father is an evangelical preacher, how to handle this delicate turn of events becomes a complicated discussion between not only her family but the entire production team. While her mother scrambles to locate a suitable young boy to foist upon her in marriage, Essie quietly orchestrates her own plan — first, to escape, and second, revenge.

Definitely a page turner as I completed it in less than two days. The reader cannot help but notice the stark similarities between this fictional family and another, well-known über-religious family who have their own reality show, and who are also surrounded by scandal and cover-ups. There were a few moments when the direction of the book had me convinced I would be soon chucking it against the wall, but thankfully that didn't happen. Some aspects, such as the ending, seem slightly unrealistic, but overall it was a worthwhile read. ( )
  ryner | Sep 6, 2023 |
Me, falling asleep: "I'm excited to get on the train tomorrow so I can keep reading my book."
Me: "That book is so good."
Also me: "What's that book about again?"

I loved this book so much!!! ( )
  whakaora | Mar 5, 2023 |
Reason Read: f2f bookclub selection January 2023
This has been done, nothing new here. It was easy to read, the story line pulls you along. It's a novel full of political correctness. ( )
  Kristelh | Jan 24, 2023 |
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And the king loved Esther above all the women, and she obtained grace and favour in his sight more than all the virgins; so that he set the royal crown upon her head, and made her queen.
ESTHER 2:17

Then Esther the queen answered and said, If I have found favour in thy sight, O king, and if it please the king, let my life be given me at my petition, and my people at my request:
For we are sold, I and my people, to be destroyed, to be slain, and to perish.
ESTHER 7:3-4
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On the day I turn seventeen, there is a meeting to decide whether I should have the baby or if sneaking me to a clinic for an abortion is worth the PR risk.
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Young Adult Fiction. Young Adult Literature. HTML:FINALIST FOR THE 2018 NEW ENGLAND BOOK AWARD
"Both timelessly beautiful and unbelievably timely."??Chris Bohjalian, New York Times bestselling author of Midwives and The Flight Attendant
A captivating novel of family, fame, and religion that tells the 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 wi

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