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The Book of Essie - eBook

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<p>**FINALIST FOR THE 2018 NEW ENGLAND BOOK AWARD</p> <p>&quot;Both timelessly beautiful and unbelievably timely.&quot;—Chris Bohjalian, <em>New York Times</em> bestselling author of <em>Midwives</em> and <em>The Flight Attendant</em></p> <p>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.**</p> <p>Esther Ann Hicks--Essie--is the youngest child on <em>Six for Hicks,</em> 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?</p>

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Nothing like a tension-filled novel about courage in the face of intimidation and greed. A young woman raised on a religious reality show makes a break for it. The plot is creative, and the theme of escaping from abuse is consistently well-represented. Will she expose her family and break free or will she cave to the pressure not to be so dramatic? Read it!

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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?

The Book of Essie - eBook

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Is Downloadable Content Available
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Digital Reader Format
Epub (Yes)
Language
en
Publisher
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Author
Meghan MacLean Weir
ISBN-13
9780525520320
ISBN-10
0525520325

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What an incredible boo...

What an incredible book! It's very timely, and extremely well-written. I don't want to give too much away, except that as a reader, you can't help but love Essie. She's strong, she's stubborn and she's smart. I wanted to devour this book as much as possible, but then I didn't want it to end. I loved this whole book, start to finish.

Nothing like a tension...

Nothing like a tension-filled novel about courage in the face of intimidation and greed. A young woman raised on a religious reality show makes a break for it. The plot is creative, and the theme of escaping from abuse is consistently well-represented. Will she expose her family and break free or will she cave to the pressure not to be so dramatic? Read it!

Essie is 17 years old ...

Essie is 17 years old and pregnant. Her family is very religious and they have their own reality tv show, Six for Hicks. When Essie's mother finds out that Essie is pregnant, an emergency meeting is set up with the show's producers to decide what should be done. A tad predictable at times, but overall a great debut featuring religion, family, and fame.

Timely topic, but Im ...

Timely topic, but I'm conflicted by the rosy ending.

Essie is the youngest ...

Essie is the youngest child on a reality television show featuring her family's religious life. When Essie realizes that she is pregnant, she manipulates her mother into arranging a marriage to a gay boy from her high school that she barely knows. Everything Essie does, including contacting her sister who ran away years ago, is to secure her freedom from her oppressive family. In order to tell her story, Essie reaches out to Liberty, a journalist with a past just as crazy as Essie's. My biggest complaint about this book is that the author really tried to tell two stories, Essie's and Liberty's. She had them both unravel at the same pace and reveal at the same pace. The book would have been smoother and more impactful if Liberty's story was told upfront and the book focused on Essie. If this is the Book of Essie, the author should have focused more on her. Overall, I think this book will capture the imagination of teenagers, who will love the reality television aspects.

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