The Book of Essie by Meghan MacLean Weir

The Book of Essie

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 fa...


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TitleThe Book of Essie
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Release DateJun 12th, 2018
PublisherKnopf
LanguageEnglish
GenreFiction, Contemporary
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Reviews The Book of Essie

  • Chris
    1970-01-01
    Every once in a while, a novel comes along that is both timelessly beautiful and unbelievably timely. The Book of Essie is such a story. Meghan MacLean Weir has given us a young heroine who is at once authentic and courageous — and a tale that is wonderful and mysterious and relentlessly surprising.
  • Sarah
    1970-01-01
    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 ...
  • Kate
    1970-01-01
    Borderline 4-stars // I'm always really interested in books about cult culture.
  • Katie B
    1970-01-01
    Seventeen year old Essie Hicks has grown up in front of the camera. Her religious family are the stars of the hit reality program, Six for Hicks. Essie's mother, Celia, is mortified when she finds out Essie is pregnant but she comes up with a plan so the rest of the world won't find out the awful truth. Essie though has a plan of her own and she is going to enlist the help of Roarke, a boy at school who won't give her the time of day, and Liberty...
  • Terri Suda
    1970-01-01
    I can't help but sum this up as a mosh of The Duggers and V.C. Andrews Flowers in the Attic with the tone and readability of Little Fires Everywhere. A quick read - engaging, enjoyable and unique. A good beach read!
  • Debbie
    1970-01-01
    I liked this well enough to keep going, but it was extremely predictable. It is an easy fast read. Nothing challenging or special about the book. Maybe even a little on the YA side. It brushes on some serious issues, but never gets deep into them. It is more on the feelings of the characters. I left the book feeling very unsatisfied. I loved Rourke but felt the author didn't give him enough voice and brushed over his issues. Without giving any sp...
  • Erin
    1970-01-01
    This book comes out on June 12. Thanks to Beth Meister for sending me a readers copy! Really, really good!
  • Amber Garabrandt
    1970-01-01
    Summary: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...
  • Lauren
    1970-01-01
    I tend to stay away from books dealing with religion; however, there was something about The Book of Essie that intrigued me. I wanted to know more about Essie. I wanted to know more about her family's reality show as well as the many secrets hidden behind the scenes of the show. As it turns out, The Book of Essie was an engrossing, interesting read. I easily finished it in one day, but there were several times where I felt more plot/character de...
  • Joan
    1970-01-01
    I was impressed with this debut novel from Weir. It offers a penetrating look at a glitzy pastor and his family featured on a popular TV reality show. They look all put together in front of the cameras but there are devastating secrets being hidden. Being a Christian, I was concerned how Weir would handle this topic. I think she did a fine job and I appreciate how she handled all the issues.Essie, the youngest in the pastor's family, is pregnant ...
  • Robialice
    1970-01-01
    Honey Boo Boo, the Bates, Little People Big World, the chance to spy into a family a bit more average than the Kardashians has been available to us for well more than a decade now. More progressive than the Duggars, but less contentious than the Gosselins; The Book of Essie approaches the TV fundamentalist reality family in a bit of new way. The older Hicks kids have flown the coop—Caleb is planning a run for senate, but why has no one seen Lis...
  • Stephenie
    1970-01-01
    I appreciated receiving a free digital copy of The Book of Essie by Meghan Mclean Weir for my honest review. I had a hard time getting interested in this story. I kept reading this book because I was curious to see if there would be a sudden twist of excitement that I wasn't expecting. Unfortunately, that never happened.The story deals with several different issues that several characters are separately dealing with. It was too much. I couldn't b...
  • Sally Stieglitz
    1970-01-01
    The Book of Essie, Meghan MacLean WeirFirst of all, thank you to Penguin Random House for the advance copy of this book! I was immediately intrigued by the quote on the bright blue cover (why they since have changed it to artwork for the official release is unclear, but it’s much less attention grabbing now). Consequently, even before opening the book, I was captured by Essie’s story, a mix of The Scarlet Letter (yes I caught a few sly nods t...
  • Janet
    1970-01-01
    I received a DIGITAL Advance Reader Copy of this book from #NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. From the publisher --- 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 c...
  • Samantha
    1970-01-01
    What an interesting book! I'm not sure what my original curiosities were about it, but the book was not what I was expecting. It had an interesting sequence of events, some I didn't expect and some I hoped turned out different than they did. Essie is a likable character, who after basically being forced to say this or do that or conform with this for the show, pulls the strings to make her unexpected pregnancy play out the way Essie wants. The bo...
  • Laura
    1970-01-01
    I read this as an egalley from Penguin's First to Read. I liked this book. It looks critically at reality tv as well as extreme evangelicals. The author does a good job of including current scandals, but with a slight twist so you can't say that she is directly criticizing one particular famous family. My only criticism is that I had a hard time believing one reality tv show could last that many years. The rest of the plot was fairly plausible, t...
  • Mary
    1970-01-01
    I found this to be a very interesting read. I feel it really handled the elements of this story very well. The characters of Essie and Roarke rang very true to me. The story was fast-moving and the ending completely surprised me. Great book from a new author!
  • Erica
    1970-01-01
    I received an ARC of this novel via the First to Read Program by Penguin Random House LLC in exchange for an honest review.Esther Hicks is the youngest daughter of a highly popular televised evangelist. Most of her life has been publicized as part of the "Six for Hicks" reality show in which her father preaches fire and brimstone for sinners. When Essie becomes pregnant, her mother Celia works with the producers to find a solution that will both ...
  • Energy
    1970-01-01
    I was looking over reviews on Goodreads and quite surprised that people were upset over the portrayal of religion in this book, and I don't feel that it was a portrayal of religion, rather the portrayal of Essie's experience in her family, with their particular church. Written in alternating points of view from Essie, her fiance, and the woman who is helping Essie to tell the story, The Book of Essie is extremely well-written while touching on so...
  • Melissa Rochelle
    1970-01-01
    REALLY liked this one. This is so perfect for anyone that loves reality television that focuses on families. Perfect summer reading guilty pleasure kind of read.
  • Phillip
    1970-01-01
    Disclaimer: I received a free ecopy via First to Read in exchange for an honest review.Essie's story is both sad and compelling. I liked the backdrop that she is part of this famous family due to their reality TV show because it sets the stakes high. Adding in the family's strong religious beliefs and Essie's pregnancy out of wedlock sucked me in. The writing is really good because it made me feel creeped out as more of the situation is revealed ...
  • Vicky
    1970-01-01
    received from Netgalley. High 3-4. Really enjoyed.
  • Debbie
    1970-01-01
    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, int...
  • McYang
    1970-01-01
    Thank you NetGalley for providing an ARC in return for my unbiased review. I picked up this book thinking it would be a popcorn read - a "torn from the headlines" title from the world of reality television. It did not disappoint. Though it feels a little preachy at the end, and the mystery is not difficult to solve, it was an enjoyable read and I look forward to reading other titles by Weir in future. I will recommend to patrons who enjoy topical...
  • April
    1970-01-01
    I received a kindle version of this book by First To Read to leave a voluntary and honest review.The premise of this book was unique to me and drew me in to wanting to read it, especially because it was the debut novel of Meghan MacLean Weir. The story is about Essie and her family's reality television show that is centered around her Father, who is a preacher, her mother, and then she and her siblings. From the beginning of the story, you learn ...
  • Nichole Midgett
    1970-01-01
    First: A thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for an ARC of this work.Wow! A book that deals with so much material. I was excited to read it based on the blurb alone and after just finishing this book, I am adding this to one of my favorites so far for the year. It's hard to describe this work without giving away any of the plot. There's so much happening that is relevant to today's society and I encourage anyone who interacts with teens on a...
  • Kate Schreffler
    1970-01-01
    I really enjoyed this book, each of the characters is working through their own tragedy brought on by family members in a very public spotlight. And they all do so in unique, inspiring ways.
  • Isabella Ogbolumani
    1970-01-01
    WOW. Just, wow. This book is phenomenal. Like, I can't even. It is so, so, so important. I don't want to say that there are trigger warnings for a variety of things, but a lot of them spoil the book, so... Just be warned. And I don't usually write long reviews of books on Goodreads, but this book definitely warrants one. The best way that I can describe this book is that it follows a fictional family quite like the Duggars, and it is a multi-pers...