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The Book of Essie (alkuperäinen julkaisuvuosi 2018; vuoden 2019 painos)

– tekijä: Meghan MacLean Weir (Tekijä)

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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 win her own freedom?… (lisätietoja)
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Teoksen nimi:The Book of Essie
Kirjailijat:Meghan MacLean Weir (Tekijä)
Info:Vintage (2019), Edition: Reprint, 336 pages
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Seventeen year old Essie has grown up in public -- her father is an evangelical preacher, and her family has starred in a reality TV show since before she was born. But she wants out. She has a secret plan to make it happen.

This is utterly predictable YA that reads like second-rate Duggar fanfiction with the serial numbers filed off, throwing in a mix of other hot button religious community stereotypes with their historical serial numbers also filed off (most prominently ex-gay camps, incest, regretted childhood memoirs, cults, and deadly standoffs with law enforcement). The characterization is weak, the plot is unrealistic, and the implicit lessons seem somewhat questionable.

But.... it's also incredibly gripping. I devoured this book faster than anything else I've read for months, and I kept going back to it in every spare moment I had. That's a pretty neat accomplishment for its author. The excellent pacing means I'll recommend it, though only to folks who are very forgiving of the usual weaknesses of YA as a genre. ( )
  pammab | Apr 12, 2021 |
Easily one of my favorite books of 2018. I enjoyed the characters immensely and the story felt very fresh but relevant. I couldn’t put it down ( )
  thereserose5 | Mar 3, 2021 |
Seventeen-year-old Esther Anne Hicks and her family--led by her evangelical preacher father--have been part of a television show following their lives since before Esther was born. And she wants out. And she has a plan.

This was quite a page-turner for me--I wanted to know what would happen to Esther, what decisions she would ultimately make about exposing her family's secrets, and whether I was right about what that secret was. (I was. I'm not sure you're not *supposed* to know pretty much right away. But once you get just a handful of details about the Hicks family and about Esther, you'll have a suspicion, and you'll be right.) Ultimately this was an intriguing and in some ways compelling read (I especially enjoyed the portrayal of Roarke and his male friendships), but I wish there had been more about the specific ways that growing up on television affected Essie and her siblings. The fact that it is one of her older brothers who has been sexually abusing her for five years and is the father of her child seems a good "in" to an exploration of this, but he's just sort of pushed off as a "predator"--it's implied he's just a bad dude and likely a psychopath. And I certainly understand the choice to make this Esther's book and not focus on him, but it also feels a little like a glaring omission. There's this implication that this family is messed up and that the lack of privacy and constant fakery for cameras is part of that, but one of the biggest pieces of that puzzle is pretty much shrugged off. It's as if the story is only interested in the monstrousness of Essie's parents not protecting her and not interested at all in how the family got to a place where one of its children was praying on the others. And that seemed odd given that the set up to explore it was right there. But I don't mean to over emphasize this failing to bring that thematic element to the fore. I wish it had been there, but what *was* there was a fascinating read that gave me a lot to think about. And I loved the end. Worked out as it should, I thought. ( )
1 ääni lycomayflower | Jan 3, 2021 |
This sucked me in. The premise was interesting and why I wanted to read the book, but the characters were the reason I kept reading. Essie is the youngest daughter of an evangelical family with a long-running reality TV show. After she becomes pregnant, her mother decides she must get married. Only Essie has a plan to escape her family, and draws in her would-be groom, Roarke, and a reporter who has herself escaped an evangelical past, Libby, into her scheme.

Told in three POVs, each character was compelling and I wanted to know more about each and also how they would collectively resolve everything. Essie, Roarke, and Libby all have secrets and have all been hurt personally by some brand of conservative evangelical Christianity. This book was the journey of them breaking free and escaping.

While the plot was obviously inspired by the Duggars, it still felt fresh. I loved this book. It was compelling and unsettling, and my mind is still reeling from it.

Content warnings: rape, incest, homophobia, child death, child sexual abuse

Review copy courtesy of the publisher via its First to Read program. ( )
  wisemetis | Dec 6, 2020 |
Where to begin? I had deeply mixed feelings about this book. The most basic parts of the storyline--a religious family with a media empire harbors a closet full of skeletons--held a great deal of appeal for me, but my expectations for it would have been better aligned had it been marketed as a young adult novel. There were a great number of overly dramatic, hard-to-believe plot points that made it seem silly as an adult novel.

Actually, I would have much preferred the story had it been written with older characters. Essie could have been a college student, hatching the same plot with a good friend, in order to escape the clutches of a controlling, abusive family with her fortune intact. The characters never seemed young enough to be believable 17-year-olds. They were written with the observation skills and thoughts of much, much older people. Essie's resolve and determination, her calm deliberation and plot to escape, while problematic in their own ways, did not seem like the panicked, desperate flight of a trapped young girl. Roarke interacted with much older characters with the wisdom of the aged and had the caring consideration of a man well-practiced in romantic relationships with women, rather than a closeted gay kid with no romantic experience at all. I was also bothered by the frequent violent desires Roarke expressed; he repeatedly had to restrain himself from physically attacking the villain. It was an odd characterization choice, given the story had strong themes meant to denounce male violence, and it seemed very out of character for Roarke as he was otherwise written.

The author tried very hard to make Essie's situation so complicated that her only way out was to orchestrate a secret plot that would ultimately destroy her entire family and their (admittedly, undeserved) livelihood. Unfortunately, I don't think it came out very believable. Unlike the real-life girls in the Duggar family, from whose story it seems the author took a great deal of inspiration, Essie goes to a public school, leaves the house alone, has her own room, and is allowed to use computers and phones without a chaperone. Her computer use is monitored and her family's fame in the small town where they live means that her movements are often watched, too, but Essie is not trapped in the way she could have been. She could have gone to the authorities, sought the help of any of her teachers, spoken to members of the camera crew that was so often with her, or, likely, escaped in any number of other ways. Yet, she instead plotted a way to get an uncontrolled cell phone from a reporter she'd never met before, then ran around leaving a breadcrumb trail of clues better suited to an Agatha Christie novel for the reporter to follow instead of, I don't know, maybe just texting her the information?! I had a hard time understanding the need for any of the intrigues in this story once she had the darn cell phone. It was a gaping loophole.

At the heart of the story, the 'love story' between Essie and Roarke, was another odd choice. Why was Roarke gay? It had no purpose in the plot. The story would have been improved if Essie and Roarke had known each other through high school and plotted together to overthrow her family, but as written Essie drags Roarke into her family drama through scheming and manipulation; he's well-paid for his performance in their televised romance, but he was basically blackmailed into marrying her by Essie herself, not her mother. Once committed to their bargain, the two of them go through all the tumult of a romance right out of the pages of a romance novel and, in the end, admit their love for one another just minutes before their arranged marriage is to take place, but Roarke is still gay. Why? He could have been gay and still gone through with the plot without all the romantic drama, or he could have been straight and they could have actually fallen in love; or, even better, Roarke could have been bisexual, keeping nearly every plot point intact along with creating a far more sensical narrative.

In the end, I read the entire story and then rewrote the whole of it in my head, imagining it as I would have liked it to have been. Omniscient viewpoint, older characters, fully-developed imperfect villain, more visible family dynamic, less cheesy romance, and the complete removal of Liberty Bell's character and storyline. But that's just me. I hope everyone else loves it as it is. ( )
2 ääni hlkate | Oct 12, 2020 |
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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 win her own freedom?

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