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--thr...
|Title||:||The Book of Essie|
|Format Type||:||Kindle Edition|
|Number of Pages||:||336 pages|
|Status||:||Available For Download|
|Last checked||:||21 Minutes ago!|
The Book of Essie Reviews
Essie is the youngest of Pastor Hick’s children, and has lived her life on television for her family’s show Six for Hicks. It doesn’t really allow for a normal childhood or life in general. Everyone thinks they know her from the show… but they know nothing- and she’s ready to change that.
Rourke is the handsome school athlete. Everyone likes him- he has the looks, grades, and talent. Unfortunately that won’t get him far without money- college is expensive and his parents are about to loos ...more
A solid debut with a timely message.
I enjoyed this book though I didn’t find it to be as “special” as I’d hoped. Full review to follow.
Themes of fame, media, reality television obsession, deceit, and familial secrecy. Well written, but with some unsurprising, contrived elements.
This is a 3.5 stars.
The synopsis immediately caught my attention and was compelling enough for me to keep going when I was largely bored with the characters. The development was slow to bring out the character's stories and that left about the first half just a bit dry for me.
The story was culturally relevant, and current with the times. The Book of Essie catches society's love affair with "reality tv" as it depicts a family of religious zealots living in front of cameras - the protagonist havi ...more
I just meant to start this tonight, not finish it in one sitting! Better review later, but if you're on ONTD I think you'd want to bump this up your queue.
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
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 too ‘‘preachy’’ for me.
So because I had bad experiences with those, I thought the theme was just, well, not for me. Little did I know, not all books exploring similar themes and topics read the same way and include the same content.
In this case, for instance, while Essie’s family is religious – clearly, ...more