The Book of Essie

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 phenome A debut novel of family, fame, and religion that tells the emotionally stirring, wildly captivating story of the seve...

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Title:The Book of Essie
Author:Meghan MacLean Weir
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Genres:Fiction
ISBN:B075PV4J5T
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Kindle Edition
Number of Pages:336 pages pages

The Book of Essie Reviews

  • JanB
    Jul 24, 2018

    4.5 stars, rounded up. Praise the lord! How quick we are to judge people, even if (or especially) when we don't know them. This is even more the case where celebrities are concerned?we think we know the people we see on television or read about in magazines, yet quite often the...

    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 t...

    4.5 Stars! I finally finished another BOTM book in the same month I got it! I read this as a buddy read with the #essiebuddies on Instagram and it's really sparked some great stories and outlooks on mega churches and religious experiences! Essie is a seventeen year old girl. Her ...

    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 relentle...

    BE STILL, MY HEART. I think it's fitting that I finished this book, just now, on my way to the beach. It's a place that makes me slightly uncomfortable but fascinates me nonetheless. It's a place where the land and sea and sky all meet to create a cleansing experience, both physical...

    [3.5 stars] I thought this book was very addictive, especially towards the beginning. The premise alone is very intriguing and I really wanted to know what was going to happen. But after about the 2/3 mark of the story, it kind of went exactly where I was expecting, and by the end I w...

    Why I Love It by Troian Bellisario Alright, confession time: I am NOT a fan of reality television. I?m sorry, but I just don?t get it. So when I began reading The Book of Essie, a story about a 17-year-old woman who?s spent her whole life on a reality TV show, I was worried t...

    This was an extremely addicting story that covered a lot of really heavy topics (tw: sexual assault, teen pregnancy, abuse, religion), but honestly overall it felt like TOO MUCH was happening. I?d definitely say it?s worth a read if the subject matter interests you, but I personall...

    Interesting concept, I did enjoy the idea of the book better than the execution. It had all the makings for an excellent read. However I did not fully buy into the characters and storyline, it was all too contrived, with too many themes thrown at you, it was hard to care about the main...

    To begin with, this book intrigued me because it comes with a really special and time-equivalent plot: We follow a religious, American family who are also starring in their own, national reality tv show. The contrast between the religious , unmaterialistic life and the glittery reality...

    Essie has been living her entire life under the glare of TV cameras. She?s the youngest of 6 kids on a reality TV show called 'Six for Hicks'. Her father is an evangelical minister and her mother is the woman behind the man, a devout and demure wife and mother. At least in front of t...

  • Kimmery Martin
    May 22, 2018

    4.5 stars, rounded up. Praise the lord! How quick we are to judge people, even if (or especially) when we don't know them. This is even more the case where celebrities are concerned?we think we know the people we see on television or read about in magazines, yet quite often the...

    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 t...

    4.5 Stars! I finally finished another BOTM book in the same month I got it! I read this as a buddy read with the #essiebuddies on Instagram and it's really sparked some great stories and outlooks on mega churches and religious experiences! Essie is a seventeen year old girl. Her ...

    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 relentle...

    BE STILL, MY HEART. I think it's fitting that I finished this book, just now, on my way to the beach. It's a place that makes me slightly uncomfortable but fascinates me nonetheless. It's a place where the land and sea and sky all meet to create a cleansing experience, both physical...

    [3.5 stars] I thought this book was very addictive, especially towards the beginning. The premise alone is very intriguing and I really wanted to know what was going to happen. But after about the 2/3 mark of the story, it kind of went exactly where I was expecting, and by the end I w...

    Why I Love It by Troian Bellisario Alright, confession time: I am NOT a fan of reality television. I?m sorry, but I just don?t get it. So when I began reading The Book of Essie, a story about a 17-year-old woman who?s spent her whole life on a reality TV show, I was worried t...

    This was an extremely addicting story that covered a lot of really heavy topics (tw: sexual assault, teen pregnancy, abuse, religion), but honestly overall it felt like TOO MUCH was happening. I?d definitely say it?s worth a read if the subject matter interests you, but I personall...

    Interesting concept, I did enjoy the idea of the book better than the execution. It had all the makings for an excellent read. However I did not fully buy into the characters and storyline, it was all too contrived, with too many themes thrown at you, it was hard to care about the main...

    To begin with, this book intrigued me because it comes with a really special and time-equivalent plot: We follow a religious, American family who are also starring in their own, national reality tv show. The contrast between the religious , unmaterialistic life and the glittery reality...

    Essie has been living her entire life under the glare of TV cameras. She?s the youngest of 6 kids on a reality TV show called 'Six for Hicks'. Her father is an evangelical minister and her mother is the woman behind the man, a devout and demure wife and mother. At least in front of t...

    I enjoyed this book though I didn?t find it to be as ?special? as I?d hoped. Full review to follow. ...

    A solid debut with a timely message. ...

    I'm here for the rainbow holographic foil. ...

    I don?t think I could shout from any more rooftops how much I LOVED #TheBookOfEssie by @meghanmacleanweir - I devoured the entire book in about half a day yesterday... centered around a teen from an evangelical religious family with their own reality show (a la Duggar family) when lo...

    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 ...

    still contemplating this one, but tw for sexual assault/rape ...

    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 char...

    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! ...

    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 ou...

    This cover is beautiful, as was The Book of Essie. I devoured this book and loved every minute of it! Essie, the daughter of a reality show preacher, is the beloved star of the show and has grown up in front of the cameras. When her mom finds out she's pregnant at 17, she begins to cra...

    I was super disappointed by this book. For the heavy subject matter this book deals in, the tone feels much too light. On top of that, characters don't really act (and react) like real people. I went into this with expectations it was adult literary fiction, but it read like YA, with t...

    4.5 Stars. Damn that was good. ...

    The Book of Essie is a timely, engrossing, beautifully written story about a pregnant teenager from a famous televangelist family. I was immediately hooked by the premise and the questions it raises: How will Essie's family react when they find out and how will they manage the scandal?...

  • Katharine
    Jun 23, 2018

    4.5 stars, rounded up. Praise the lord! How quick we are to judge people, even if (or especially) when we don't know them. This is even more the case where celebrities are concerned?we think we know the people we see on television or read about in magazines, yet quite often the...

    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 t...

    4.5 Stars! I finally finished another BOTM book in the same month I got it! I read this as a buddy read with the #essiebuddies on Instagram and it's really sparked some great stories and outlooks on mega churches and religious experiences! Essie is a seventeen year old girl. Her ...

    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 relentle...

    BE STILL, MY HEART. I think it's fitting that I finished this book, just now, on my way to the beach. It's a place that makes me slightly uncomfortable but fascinates me nonetheless. It's a place where the land and sea and sky all meet to create a cleansing experience, both physical...

    [3.5 stars] I thought this book was very addictive, especially towards the beginning. The premise alone is very intriguing and I really wanted to know what was going to happen. But after about the 2/3 mark of the story, it kind of went exactly where I was expecting, and by the end I w...

    Why I Love It by Troian Bellisario Alright, confession time: I am NOT a fan of reality television. I?m sorry, but I just don?t get it. So when I began reading The Book of Essie, a story about a 17-year-old woman who?s spent her whole life on a reality TV show, I was worried t...

    This was an extremely addicting story that covered a lot of really heavy topics (tw: sexual assault, teen pregnancy, abuse, religion), but honestly overall it felt like TOO MUCH was happening. I?d definitely say it?s worth a read if the subject matter interests you, but I personall...

    Interesting concept, I did enjoy the idea of the book better than the execution. It had all the makings for an excellent read. However I did not fully buy into the characters and storyline, it was all too contrived, with too many themes thrown at you, it was hard to care about the main...

    To begin with, this book intrigued me because it comes with a really special and time-equivalent plot: We follow a religious, American family who are also starring in their own, national reality tv show. The contrast between the religious , unmaterialistic life and the glittery reality...

    Essie has been living her entire life under the glare of TV cameras. She?s the youngest of 6 kids on a reality TV show called 'Six for Hicks'. Her father is an evangelical minister and her mother is the woman behind the man, a devout and demure wife and mother. At least in front of t...

    I enjoyed this book though I didn?t find it to be as ?special? as I?d hoped. Full review to follow. ...

    A solid debut with a timely message. ...

    I'm here for the rainbow holographic foil. ...

    I don?t think I could shout from any more rooftops how much I LOVED #TheBookOfEssie by @meghanmacleanweir - I devoured the entire book in about half a day yesterday... centered around a teen from an evangelical religious family with their own reality show (a la Duggar family) when lo...

    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 ...

    still contemplating this one, but tw for sexual assault/rape ...

    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 char...

    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! ...

    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 ou...

    This cover is beautiful, as was The Book of Essie. I devoured this book and loved every minute of it! Essie, the daughter of a reality show preacher, is the beloved star of the show and has grown up in front of the cameras. When her mom finds out she's pregnant at 17, she begins to cra...

    I was super disappointed by this book. For the heavy subject matter this book deals in, the tone feels much too light. On top of that, characters don't really act (and react) like real people. I went into this with expectations it was adult literary fiction, but it read like YA, with t...

    4.5 Stars. Damn that was good. ...

    The Book of Essie is a timely, engrossing, beautifully written story about a pregnant teenager from a famous televangelist family. I was immediately hooked by the premise and the questions it raises: How will Essie's family react when they find out and how will they manage the scandal?...

    Essie Hicks, at seventeen, is the youngest child of the hit religious reality television show "Six for Hicks". Being brought up in the limelight has its complications, challenges, and shortcomings especially when Essie finds herself unwed and pregnant; a publicity nightmare. This debut...

    *my BOTM pick for June Box* ...

    This review and others can be found on my blog! TW: child sexual assault and mentions of homophobia and racism What can I say? I really liked this book. While it was a bit slower than I wanted and it didn?t tie up how I might have liked, I still really liked it. Why? Because I ...

    4.25 stars. Really, really good! Okay so there are three things I love a lot in life: 1. Religious drama 2. Reality television 3. Books that have NO CHILL and are ABSOLUTELY fictionalizing something that really happened THIS BOOK HAS THEM ALL! So, if you know anything ab...

    How far would you go to gain freedom and control over your life? The answer for Essie Hicks is: as far as it takes. Essie is the sixth child of a famous Evangelical preacher who is the subject of a long-standing reality TV show. She came of age in the spotlight, her whole life engin...

    This book hooked me from the very beginning, and I gobbled it up in just a few sittings. As someone who is fascinated by families like the Duggars, this was a compelling read. Essie and Roarke were by far my favorite, and I rooted for them until the very end. I was captivated by both t...

  • Chris
    Feb 02, 2018

    4.5 stars, rounded up. Praise the lord! How quick we are to judge people, even if (or especially) when we don't know them. This is even more the case where celebrities are concerned?we think we know the people we see on television or read about in magazines, yet quite often the...

    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 t...

    4.5 Stars! I finally finished another BOTM book in the same month I got it! I read this as a buddy read with the #essiebuddies on Instagram and it's really sparked some great stories and outlooks on mega churches and religious experiences! Essie is a seventeen year old girl. Her ...

    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 relentle...

  • Monica
    Aug 08, 2018

    4.5 stars, rounded up. Praise the lord! How quick we are to judge people, even if (or especially) when we don't know them. This is even more the case where celebrities are concerned?we think we know the people we see on television or read about in magazines, yet quite often the...

    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 t...

    4.5 Stars! I finally finished another BOTM book in the same month I got it! I read this as a buddy read with the #essiebuddies on Instagram and it's really sparked some great stories and outlooks on mega churches and religious experiences! Essie is a seventeen year old girl. Her ...

    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 relentle...

    BE STILL, MY HEART. I think it's fitting that I finished this book, just now, on my way to the beach. It's a place that makes me slightly uncomfortable but fascinates me nonetheless. It's a place where the land and sea and sky all meet to create a cleansing experience, both physical...

    [3.5 stars] I thought this book was very addictive, especially towards the beginning. The premise alone is very intriguing and I really wanted to know what was going to happen. But after about the 2/3 mark of the story, it kind of went exactly where I was expecting, and by the end I w...

    Why I Love It by Troian Bellisario Alright, confession time: I am NOT a fan of reality television. I?m sorry, but I just don?t get it. So when I began reading The Book of Essie, a story about a 17-year-old woman who?s spent her whole life on a reality TV show, I was worried t...

    This was an extremely addicting story that covered a lot of really heavy topics (tw: sexual assault, teen pregnancy, abuse, religion), but honestly overall it felt like TOO MUCH was happening. I?d definitely say it?s worth a read if the subject matter interests you, but I personall...

    Interesting concept, I did enjoy the idea of the book better than the execution. It had all the makings for an excellent read. However I did not fully buy into the characters and storyline, it was all too contrived, with too many themes thrown at you, it was hard to care about the main...

    To begin with, this book intrigued me because it comes with a really special and time-equivalent plot: We follow a religious, American family who are also starring in their own, national reality tv show. The contrast between the religious , unmaterialistic life and the glittery reality...

    Essie has been living her entire life under the glare of TV cameras. She?s the youngest of 6 kids on a reality TV show called 'Six for Hicks'. Her father is an evangelical minister and her mother is the woman behind the man, a devout and demure wife and mother. At least in front of t...

    I enjoyed this book though I didn?t find it to be as ?special? as I?d hoped. Full review to follow. ...

    A solid debut with a timely message. ...

    I'm here for the rainbow holographic foil. ...

    I don?t think I could shout from any more rooftops how much I LOVED #TheBookOfEssie by @meghanmacleanweir - I devoured the entire book in about half a day yesterday... centered around a teen from an evangelical religious family with their own reality show (a la Duggar family) when lo...

    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 ...

    still contemplating this one, but tw for sexual assault/rape ...

  • Sarah
    Mar 09, 2018

    4.5 stars, rounded up. Praise the lord! How quick we are to judge people, even if (or especially) when we don't know them. This is even more the case where celebrities are concerned?we think we know the people we see on television or read about in magazines, yet quite often the...

    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 t...

    4.5 Stars! I finally finished another BOTM book in the same month I got it! I read this as a buddy read with the #essiebuddies on Instagram and it's really sparked some great stories and outlooks on mega churches and religious experiences! Essie is a seventeen year old girl. Her ...

    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 relentle...

    BE STILL, MY HEART. I think it's fitting that I finished this book, just now, on my way to the beach. It's a place that makes me slightly uncomfortable but fascinates me nonetheless. It's a place where the land and sea and sky all meet to create a cleansing experience, both physical...

    [3.5 stars] I thought this book was very addictive, especially towards the beginning. The premise alone is very intriguing and I really wanted to know what was going to happen. But after about the 2/3 mark of the story, it kind of went exactly where I was expecting, and by the end I w...

    Why I Love It by Troian Bellisario Alright, confession time: I am NOT a fan of reality television. I?m sorry, but I just don?t get it. So when I began reading The Book of Essie, a story about a 17-year-old woman who?s spent her whole life on a reality TV show, I was worried t...

    This was an extremely addicting story that covered a lot of really heavy topics (tw: sexual assault, teen pregnancy, abuse, religion), but honestly overall it felt like TOO MUCH was happening. I?d definitely say it?s worth a read if the subject matter interests you, but I personall...

    Interesting concept, I did enjoy the idea of the book better than the execution. It had all the makings for an excellent read. However I did not fully buy into the characters and storyline, it was all too contrived, with too many themes thrown at you, it was hard to care about the main...

    To begin with, this book intrigued me because it comes with a really special and time-equivalent plot: We follow a religious, American family who are also starring in their own, national reality tv show. The contrast between the religious , unmaterialistic life and the glittery reality...

    Essie has been living her entire life under the glare of TV cameras. She?s the youngest of 6 kids on a reality TV show called 'Six for Hicks'. Her father is an evangelical minister and her mother is the woman behind the man, a devout and demure wife and mother. At least in front of t...

    I enjoyed this book though I didn?t find it to be as ?special? as I?d hoped. Full review to follow. ...

    A solid debut with a timely message. ...

    I'm here for the rainbow holographic foil. ...

    I don?t think I could shout from any more rooftops how much I LOVED #TheBookOfEssie by @meghanmacleanweir - I devoured the entire book in about half a day yesterday... centered around a teen from an evangelical religious family with their own reality show (a la Duggar family) when lo...

    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 ...

  • Jessica Sullivan
    Jun 21, 2018

    4.5 stars, rounded up. Praise the lord! How quick we are to judge people, even if (or especially) when we don't know them. This is even more the case where celebrities are concerned?we think we know the people we see on television or read about in magazines, yet quite often the...

    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 t...

    4.5 Stars! I finally finished another BOTM book in the same month I got it! I read this as a buddy read with the #essiebuddies on Instagram and it's really sparked some great stories and outlooks on mega churches and religious experiences! Essie is a seventeen year old girl. Her ...

    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 relentle...

    BE STILL, MY HEART. I think it's fitting that I finished this book, just now, on my way to the beach. It's a place that makes me slightly uncomfortable but fascinates me nonetheless. It's a place where the land and sea and sky all meet to create a cleansing experience, both physical...

    [3.5 stars] I thought this book was very addictive, especially towards the beginning. The premise alone is very intriguing and I really wanted to know what was going to happen. But after about the 2/3 mark of the story, it kind of went exactly where I was expecting, and by the end I w...

    Why I Love It by Troian Bellisario Alright, confession time: I am NOT a fan of reality television. I?m sorry, but I just don?t get it. So when I began reading The Book of Essie, a story about a 17-year-old woman who?s spent her whole life on a reality TV show, I was worried t...

    This was an extremely addicting story that covered a lot of really heavy topics (tw: sexual assault, teen pregnancy, abuse, religion), but honestly overall it felt like TOO MUCH was happening. I?d definitely say it?s worth a read if the subject matter interests you, but I personall...

    Interesting concept, I did enjoy the idea of the book better than the execution. It had all the makings for an excellent read. However I did not fully buy into the characters and storyline, it was all too contrived, with too many themes thrown at you, it was hard to care about the main...

    To begin with, this book intrigued me because it comes with a really special and time-equivalent plot: We follow a religious, American family who are also starring in their own, national reality tv show. The contrast between the religious , unmaterialistic life and the glittery reality...

    Essie has been living her entire life under the glare of TV cameras. She?s the youngest of 6 kids on a reality TV show called 'Six for Hicks'. Her father is an evangelical minister and her mother is the woman behind the man, a devout and demure wife and mother. At least in front of t...

    I enjoyed this book though I didn?t find it to be as ?special? as I?d hoped. Full review to follow. ...

    A solid debut with a timely message. ...

    I'm here for the rainbow holographic foil. ...

    I don?t think I could shout from any more rooftops how much I LOVED #TheBookOfEssie by @meghanmacleanweir - I devoured the entire book in about half a day yesterday... centered around a teen from an evangelical religious family with their own reality show (a la Duggar family) when lo...

    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 ...

    still contemplating this one, but tw for sexual assault/rape ...

    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 char...

    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! ...

    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 ou...

    This cover is beautiful, as was The Book of Essie. I devoured this book and loved every minute of it! Essie, the daughter of a reality show preacher, is the beloved star of the show and has grown up in front of the cameras. When her mom finds out she's pregnant at 17, she begins to cra...

    I was super disappointed by this book. For the heavy subject matter this book deals in, the tone feels much too light. On top of that, characters don't really act (and react) like real people. I went into this with expectations it was adult literary fiction, but it read like YA, with t...

    4.5 Stars. Damn that was good. ...

    The Book of Essie is a timely, engrossing, beautifully written story about a pregnant teenager from a famous televangelist family. I was immediately hooked by the premise and the questions it raises: How will Essie's family react when they find out and how will they manage the scandal?...

    Essie Hicks, at seventeen, is the youngest child of the hit religious reality television show "Six for Hicks". Being brought up in the limelight has its complications, challenges, and shortcomings especially when Essie finds herself unwed and pregnant; a publicity nightmare. This debut...

    *my BOTM pick for June Box* ...

    This review and others can be found on my blog! TW: child sexual assault and mentions of homophobia and racism What can I say? I really liked this book. While it was a bit slower than I wanted and it didn?t tie up how I might have liked, I still really liked it. Why? Because I ...

    4.25 stars. Really, really good! Okay so there are three things I love a lot in life: 1. Religious drama 2. Reality television 3. Books that have NO CHILL and are ABSOLUTELY fictionalizing something that really happened THIS BOOK HAS THEM ALL! So, if you know anything ab...

    How far would you go to gain freedom and control over your life? The answer for Essie Hicks is: as far as it takes. Essie is the sixth child of a famous Evangelical preacher who is the subject of a long-standing reality TV show. She came of age in the spotlight, her whole life engin...

  • Maxwell
    Jun 21, 2018

    4.5 stars, rounded up. Praise the lord! How quick we are to judge people, even if (or especially) when we don't know them. This is even more the case where celebrities are concerned?we think we know the people we see on television or read about in magazines, yet quite often the...

    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 t...

    4.5 Stars! I finally finished another BOTM book in the same month I got it! I read this as a buddy read with the #essiebuddies on Instagram and it's really sparked some great stories and outlooks on mega churches and religious experiences! Essie is a seventeen year old girl. Her ...

    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 relentle...

    BE STILL, MY HEART. I think it's fitting that I finished this book, just now, on my way to the beach. It's a place that makes me slightly uncomfortable but fascinates me nonetheless. It's a place where the land and sea and sky all meet to create a cleansing experience, both physical...

    [3.5 stars] I thought this book was very addictive, especially towards the beginning. The premise alone is very intriguing and I really wanted to know what was going to happen. But after about the 2/3 mark of the story, it kind of went exactly where I was expecting, and by the end I w...

  • Jamie Rosenblit
    Jun 12, 2018

    4.5 stars, rounded up. Praise the lord! How quick we are to judge people, even if (or especially) when we don't know them. This is even more the case where celebrities are concerned?we think we know the people we see on television or read about in magazines, yet quite often the...

    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 t...

    4.5 Stars! I finally finished another BOTM book in the same month I got it! I read this as a buddy read with the #essiebuddies on Instagram and it's really sparked some great stories and outlooks on mega churches and religious experiences! Essie is a seventeen year old girl. Her ...

    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 relentle...

    BE STILL, MY HEART. I think it's fitting that I finished this book, just now, on my way to the beach. It's a place that makes me slightly uncomfortable but fascinates me nonetheless. It's a place where the land and sea and sky all meet to create a cleansing experience, both physical...

    [3.5 stars] I thought this book was very addictive, especially towards the beginning. The premise alone is very intriguing and I really wanted to know what was going to happen. But after about the 2/3 mark of the story, it kind of went exactly where I was expecting, and by the end I w...

    Why I Love It by Troian Bellisario Alright, confession time: I am NOT a fan of reality television. I?m sorry, but I just don?t get it. So when I began reading The Book of Essie, a story about a 17-year-old woman who?s spent her whole life on a reality TV show, I was worried t...

    This was an extremely addicting story that covered a lot of really heavy topics (tw: sexual assault, teen pregnancy, abuse, religion), but honestly overall it felt like TOO MUCH was happening. I?d definitely say it?s worth a read if the subject matter interests you, but I personall...

    Interesting concept, I did enjoy the idea of the book better than the execution. It had all the makings for an excellent read. However I did not fully buy into the characters and storyline, it was all too contrived, with too many themes thrown at you, it was hard to care about the main...

    To begin with, this book intrigued me because it comes with a really special and time-equivalent plot: We follow a religious, American family who are also starring in their own, national reality tv show. The contrast between the religious , unmaterialistic life and the glittery reality...

    Essie has been living her entire life under the glare of TV cameras. She?s the youngest of 6 kids on a reality TV show called 'Six for Hicks'. Her father is an evangelical minister and her mother is the woman behind the man, a devout and demure wife and mother. At least in front of t...

    I enjoyed this book though I didn?t find it to be as ?special? as I?d hoped. Full review to follow. ...

    A solid debut with a timely message. ...

    I'm here for the rainbow holographic foil. ...

    I don?t think I could shout from any more rooftops how much I LOVED #TheBookOfEssie by @meghanmacleanweir - I devoured the entire book in about half a day yesterday... centered around a teen from an evangelical religious family with their own reality show (a la Duggar family) when lo...

  • Rebecca
    Jun 17, 2018

    4.5 stars, rounded up. Praise the lord! How quick we are to judge people, even if (or especially) when we don't know them. This is even more the case where celebrities are concerned?we think we know the people we see on television or read about in magazines, yet quite often the...

    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 t...

    4.5 Stars! I finally finished another BOTM book in the same month I got it! I read this as a buddy read with the #essiebuddies on Instagram and it's really sparked some great stories and outlooks on mega churches and religious experiences! Essie is a seventeen year old girl. Her ...

    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 relentle...

    BE STILL, MY HEART. I think it's fitting that I finished this book, just now, on my way to the beach. It's a place that makes me slightly uncomfortable but fascinates me nonetheless. It's a place where the land and sea and sky all meet to create a cleansing experience, both physical...

    [3.5 stars] I thought this book was very addictive, especially towards the beginning. The premise alone is very intriguing and I really wanted to know what was going to happen. But after about the 2/3 mark of the story, it kind of went exactly where I was expecting, and by the end I w...

    Why I Love It by Troian Bellisario Alright, confession time: I am NOT a fan of reality television. I?m sorry, but I just don?t get it. So when I began reading The Book of Essie, a story about a 17-year-old woman who?s spent her whole life on a reality TV show, I was worried t...

    This was an extremely addicting story that covered a lot of really heavy topics (tw: sexual assault, teen pregnancy, abuse, religion), but honestly overall it felt like TOO MUCH was happening. I?d definitely say it?s worth a read if the subject matter interests you, but I personall...

    Interesting concept, I did enjoy the idea of the book better than the execution. It had all the makings for an excellent read. However I did not fully buy into the characters and storyline, it was all too contrived, with too many themes thrown at you, it was hard to care about the main...

    To begin with, this book intrigued me because it comes with a really special and time-equivalent plot: We follow a religious, American family who are also starring in their own, national reality tv show. The contrast between the religious , unmaterialistic life and the glittery reality...

    Essie has been living her entire life under the glare of TV cameras. She?s the youngest of 6 kids on a reality TV show called 'Six for Hicks'. Her father is an evangelical minister and her mother is the woman behind the man, a devout and demure wife and mother. At least in front of t...

    I enjoyed this book though I didn?t find it to be as ?special? as I?d hoped. Full review to follow. ...

    A solid debut with a timely message. ...

    I'm here for the rainbow holographic foil. ...

    I don?t think I could shout from any more rooftops how much I LOVED #TheBookOfEssie by @meghanmacleanweir - I devoured the entire book in about half a day yesterday... centered around a teen from an evangelical religious family with their own reality show (a la Duggar family) when lo...

    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 ...

    still contemplating this one, but tw for sexual assault/rape ...

    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 char...

    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! ...

    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 ou...

    This cover is beautiful, as was The Book of Essie. I devoured this book and loved every minute of it! Essie, the daughter of a reality show preacher, is the beloved star of the show and has grown up in front of the cameras. When her mom finds out she's pregnant at 17, she begins to cra...

    I was super disappointed by this book. For the heavy subject matter this book deals in, the tone feels much too light. On top of that, characters don't really act (and react) like real people. I went into this with expectations it was adult literary fiction, but it read like YA, with t...

  • Jen
    Aug 08, 2018

    4.5 stars, rounded up. Praise the lord! How quick we are to judge people, even if (or especially) when we don't know them. This is even more the case where celebrities are concerned?we think we know the people we see on television or read about in magazines, yet quite often the...

    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 t...

    4.5 Stars! I finally finished another BOTM book in the same month I got it! I read this as a buddy read with the #essiebuddies on Instagram and it's really sparked some great stories and outlooks on mega churches and religious experiences! Essie is a seventeen year old girl. Her ...

    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 relentle...

    BE STILL, MY HEART. I think it's fitting that I finished this book, just now, on my way to the beach. It's a place that makes me slightly uncomfortable but fascinates me nonetheless. It's a place where the land and sea and sky all meet to create a cleansing experience, both physical...

    [3.5 stars] I thought this book was very addictive, especially towards the beginning. The premise alone is very intriguing and I really wanted to know what was going to happen. But after about the 2/3 mark of the story, it kind of went exactly where I was expecting, and by the end I w...

    Why I Love It by Troian Bellisario Alright, confession time: I am NOT a fan of reality television. I?m sorry, but I just don?t get it. So when I began reading The Book of Essie, a story about a 17-year-old woman who?s spent her whole life on a reality TV show, I was worried t...

    This was an extremely addicting story that covered a lot of really heavy topics (tw: sexual assault, teen pregnancy, abuse, religion), but honestly overall it felt like TOO MUCH was happening. I?d definitely say it?s worth a read if the subject matter interests you, but I personall...

    Interesting concept, I did enjoy the idea of the book better than the execution. It had all the makings for an excellent read. However I did not fully buy into the characters and storyline, it was all too contrived, with too many themes thrown at you, it was hard to care about the main...

    To begin with, this book intrigued me because it comes with a really special and time-equivalent plot: We follow a religious, American family who are also starring in their own, national reality tv show. The contrast between the religious , unmaterialistic life and the glittery reality...

    Essie has been living her entire life under the glare of TV cameras. She?s the youngest of 6 kids on a reality TV show called 'Six for Hicks'. Her father is an evangelical minister and her mother is the woman behind the man, a devout and demure wife and mother. At least in front of t...

    I enjoyed this book though I didn?t find it to be as ?special? as I?d hoped. Full review to follow. ...

    A solid debut with a timely message. ...

    I'm here for the rainbow holographic foil. ...

    I don?t think I could shout from any more rooftops how much I LOVED #TheBookOfEssie by @meghanmacleanweir - I devoured the entire book in about half a day yesterday... centered around a teen from an evangelical religious family with their own reality show (a la Duggar family) when lo...

    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 ...

    still contemplating this one, but tw for sexual assault/rape ...

    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 char...

    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! ...

    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 ou...

    This cover is beautiful, as was The Book of Essie. I devoured this book and loved every minute of it! Essie, the daughter of a reality show preacher, is the beloved star of the show and has grown up in front of the cameras. When her mom finds out she's pregnant at 17, she begins to cra...

  • TL
    Jun 09, 2018

    4.5 stars, rounded up. Praise the lord! How quick we are to judge people, even if (or especially) when we don't know them. This is even more the case where celebrities are concerned?we think we know the people we see on television or read about in magazines, yet quite often the...

    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 t...

    4.5 Stars! I finally finished another BOTM book in the same month I got it! I read this as a buddy read with the #essiebuddies on Instagram and it's really sparked some great stories and outlooks on mega churches and religious experiences! Essie is a seventeen year old girl. Her ...

    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 relentle...

    BE STILL, MY HEART. I think it's fitting that I finished this book, just now, on my way to the beach. It's a place that makes me slightly uncomfortable but fascinates me nonetheless. It's a place where the land and sea and sky all meet to create a cleansing experience, both physical...

    [3.5 stars] I thought this book was very addictive, especially towards the beginning. The premise alone is very intriguing and I really wanted to know what was going to happen. But after about the 2/3 mark of the story, it kind of went exactly where I was expecting, and by the end I w...

    Why I Love It by Troian Bellisario Alright, confession time: I am NOT a fan of reality television. I?m sorry, but I just don?t get it. So when I began reading The Book of Essie, a story about a 17-year-old woman who?s spent her whole life on a reality TV show, I was worried t...

    This was an extremely addicting story that covered a lot of really heavy topics (tw: sexual assault, teen pregnancy, abuse, religion), but honestly overall it felt like TOO MUCH was happening. I?d definitely say it?s worth a read if the subject matter interests you, but I personall...

    Interesting concept, I did enjoy the idea of the book better than the execution. It had all the makings for an excellent read. However I did not fully buy into the characters and storyline, it was all too contrived, with too many themes thrown at you, it was hard to care about the main...

    To begin with, this book intrigued me because it comes with a really special and time-equivalent plot: We follow a religious, American family who are also starring in their own, national reality tv show. The contrast between the religious , unmaterialistic life and the glittery reality...

    Essie has been living her entire life under the glare of TV cameras. She?s the youngest of 6 kids on a reality TV show called 'Six for Hicks'. Her father is an evangelical minister and her mother is the woman behind the man, a devout and demure wife and mother. At least in front of t...

    I enjoyed this book though I didn?t find it to be as ?special? as I?d hoped. Full review to follow. ...

    A solid debut with a timely message. ...

    I'm here for the rainbow holographic foil. ...

    I don?t think I could shout from any more rooftops how much I LOVED #TheBookOfEssie by @meghanmacleanweir - I devoured the entire book in about half a day yesterday... centered around a teen from an evangelical religious family with their own reality show (a la Duggar family) when lo...

    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 ...

    still contemplating this one, but tw for sexual assault/rape ...

    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 char...

    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! ...

    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 ou...

    This cover is beautiful, as was The Book of Essie. I devoured this book and loved every minute of it! Essie, the daughter of a reality show preacher, is the beloved star of the show and has grown up in front of the cameras. When her mom finds out she's pregnant at 17, she begins to cra...

    I was super disappointed by this book. For the heavy subject matter this book deals in, the tone feels much too light. On top of that, characters don't really act (and react) like real people. I went into this with expectations it was adult literary fiction, but it read like YA, with t...

    4.5 Stars. Damn that was good. ...

    The Book of Essie is a timely, engrossing, beautifully written story about a pregnant teenager from a famous televangelist family. I was immediately hooked by the premise and the questions it raises: How will Essie's family react when they find out and how will they manage the scandal?...

    Essie Hicks, at seventeen, is the youngest child of the hit religious reality television show "Six for Hicks". Being brought up in the limelight has its complications, challenges, and shortcomings especially when Essie finds herself unwed and pregnant; a publicity nightmare. This debut...

    *my BOTM pick for June Box* ...

  • Marie
    May 10, 2018

    4.5 stars, rounded up. Praise the lord! How quick we are to judge people, even if (or especially) when we don't know them. This is even more the case where celebrities are concerned?we think we know the people we see on television or read about in magazines, yet quite often the...

    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 t...

    4.5 Stars! I finally finished another BOTM book in the same month I got it! I read this as a buddy read with the #essiebuddies on Instagram and it's really sparked some great stories and outlooks on mega churches and religious experiences! Essie is a seventeen year old girl. Her ...

    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 relentle...

    BE STILL, MY HEART. I think it's fitting that I finished this book, just now, on my way to the beach. It's a place that makes me slightly uncomfortable but fascinates me nonetheless. It's a place where the land and sea and sky all meet to create a cleansing experience, both physical...

    [3.5 stars] I thought this book was very addictive, especially towards the beginning. The premise alone is very intriguing and I really wanted to know what was going to happen. But after about the 2/3 mark of the story, it kind of went exactly where I was expecting, and by the end I w...

    Why I Love It by Troian Bellisario Alright, confession time: I am NOT a fan of reality television. I?m sorry, but I just don?t get it. So when I began reading The Book of Essie, a story about a 17-year-old woman who?s spent her whole life on a reality TV show, I was worried t...

    This was an extremely addicting story that covered a lot of really heavy topics (tw: sexual assault, teen pregnancy, abuse, religion), but honestly overall it felt like TOO MUCH was happening. I?d definitely say it?s worth a read if the subject matter interests you, but I personall...

    Interesting concept, I did enjoy the idea of the book better than the execution. It had all the makings for an excellent read. However I did not fully buy into the characters and storyline, it was all too contrived, with too many themes thrown at you, it was hard to care about the main...

    To begin with, this book intrigued me because it comes with a really special and time-equivalent plot: We follow a religious, American family who are also starring in their own, national reality tv show. The contrast between the religious , unmaterialistic life and the glittery reality...

    Essie has been living her entire life under the glare of TV cameras. She?s the youngest of 6 kids on a reality TV show called 'Six for Hicks'. Her father is an evangelical minister and her mother is the woman behind the man, a devout and demure wife and mother. At least in front of t...

    I enjoyed this book though I didn?t find it to be as ?special? as I?d hoped. Full review to follow. ...

    A solid debut with a timely message. ...

    I'm here for the rainbow holographic foil. ...

  • Terri Suda
    Apr 16, 2018

    4.5 stars, rounded up. Praise the lord! How quick we are to judge people, even if (or especially) when we don't know them. This is even more the case where celebrities are concerned?we think we know the people we see on television or read about in magazines, yet quite often the...

    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 t...

    4.5 Stars! I finally finished another BOTM book in the same month I got it! I read this as a buddy read with the #essiebuddies on Instagram and it's really sparked some great stories and outlooks on mega churches and religious experiences! Essie is a seventeen year old girl. Her ...

    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 relentle...

    BE STILL, MY HEART. I think it's fitting that I finished this book, just now, on my way to the beach. It's a place that makes me slightly uncomfortable but fascinates me nonetheless. It's a place where the land and sea and sky all meet to create a cleansing experience, both physical...

    [3.5 stars] I thought this book was very addictive, especially towards the beginning. The premise alone is very intriguing and I really wanted to know what was going to happen. But after about the 2/3 mark of the story, it kind of went exactly where I was expecting, and by the end I w...

    Why I Love It by Troian Bellisario Alright, confession time: I am NOT a fan of reality television. I?m sorry, but I just don?t get it. So when I began reading The Book of Essie, a story about a 17-year-old woman who?s spent her whole life on a reality TV show, I was worried t...

    This was an extremely addicting story that covered a lot of really heavy topics (tw: sexual assault, teen pregnancy, abuse, religion), but honestly overall it felt like TOO MUCH was happening. I?d definitely say it?s worth a read if the subject matter interests you, but I personall...

    Interesting concept, I did enjoy the idea of the book better than the execution. It had all the makings for an excellent read. However I did not fully buy into the characters and storyline, it was all too contrived, with too many themes thrown at you, it was hard to care about the main...

    To begin with, this book intrigued me because it comes with a really special and time-equivalent plot: We follow a religious, American family who are also starring in their own, national reality tv show. The contrast between the religious , unmaterialistic life and the glittery reality...

    Essie has been living her entire life under the glare of TV cameras. She?s the youngest of 6 kids on a reality TV show called 'Six for Hicks'. Her father is an evangelical minister and her mother is the woman behind the man, a devout and demure wife and mother. At least in front of t...

    I enjoyed this book though I didn?t find it to be as ?special? as I?d hoped. Full review to follow. ...

    A solid debut with a timely message. ...

    I'm here for the rainbow holographic foil. ...

    I don?t think I could shout from any more rooftops how much I LOVED #TheBookOfEssie by @meghanmacleanweir - I devoured the entire book in about half a day yesterday... centered around a teen from an evangelical religious family with their own reality show (a la Duggar family) when lo...

    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 ...

    still contemplating this one, but tw for sexual assault/rape ...

    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 char...

    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! ...

  • Stacey A.  Prose and Palate
    Jun 24, 2018

    4.5 stars, rounded up. Praise the lord! How quick we are to judge people, even if (or especially) when we don't know them. This is even more the case where celebrities are concerned?we think we know the people we see on television or read about in magazines, yet quite often the...

    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 t...

    4.5 Stars! I finally finished another BOTM book in the same month I got it! I read this as a buddy read with the #essiebuddies on Instagram and it's really sparked some great stories and outlooks on mega churches and religious experiences! Essie is a seventeen year old girl. Her ...

    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 relentle...

    BE STILL, MY HEART. I think it's fitting that I finished this book, just now, on my way to the beach. It's a place that makes me slightly uncomfortable but fascinates me nonetheless. It's a place where the land and sea and sky all meet to create a cleansing experience, both physical...

    [3.5 stars] I thought this book was very addictive, especially towards the beginning. The premise alone is very intriguing and I really wanted to know what was going to happen. But after about the 2/3 mark of the story, it kind of went exactly where I was expecting, and by the end I w...

    Why I Love It by Troian Bellisario Alright, confession time: I am NOT a fan of reality television. I?m sorry, but I just don?t get it. So when I began reading The Book of Essie, a story about a 17-year-old woman who?s spent her whole life on a reality TV show, I was worried t...

    This was an extremely addicting story that covered a lot of really heavy topics (tw: sexual assault, teen pregnancy, abuse, religion), but honestly overall it felt like TOO MUCH was happening. I?d definitely say it?s worth a read if the subject matter interests you, but I personall...

    Interesting concept, I did enjoy the idea of the book better than the execution. It had all the makings for an excellent read. However I did not fully buy into the characters and storyline, it was all too contrived, with too many themes thrown at you, it was hard to care about the main...

    To begin with, this book intrigued me because it comes with a really special and time-equivalent plot: We follow a religious, American family who are also starring in their own, national reality tv show. The contrast between the religious , unmaterialistic life and the glittery reality...

    Essie has been living her entire life under the glare of TV cameras. She?s the youngest of 6 kids on a reality TV show called 'Six for Hicks'. Her father is an evangelical minister and her mother is the woman behind the man, a devout and demure wife and mother. At least in front of t...

    I enjoyed this book though I didn?t find it to be as ?special? as I?d hoped. Full review to follow. ...

    A solid debut with a timely message. ...

    I'm here for the rainbow holographic foil. ...

    I don?t think I could shout from any more rooftops how much I LOVED #TheBookOfEssie by @meghanmacleanweir - I devoured the entire book in about half a day yesterday... centered around a teen from an evangelical religious family with their own reality show (a la Duggar family) when lo...

    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 ...

    still contemplating this one, but tw for sexual assault/rape ...

    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 char...

    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! ...

    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 ou...

    This cover is beautiful, as was The Book of Essie. I devoured this book and loved every minute of it! Essie, the daughter of a reality show preacher, is the beloved star of the show and has grown up in front of the cameras. When her mom finds out she's pregnant at 17, she begins to cra...

    I was super disappointed by this book. For the heavy subject matter this book deals in, the tone feels much too light. On top of that, characters don't really act (and react) like real people. I went into this with expectations it was adult literary fiction, but it read like YA, with t...

    4.5 Stars. Damn that was good. ...

  • Larry H
    Jun 28, 2018

    4.5 stars, rounded up. Praise the lord! How quick we are to judge people, even if (or especially) when we don't know them. This is even more the case where celebrities are concerned?we think we know the people we see on television or read about in magazines, yet quite often the...

  • Ann Marie (Lit·Wit·Wine·Dine)
    Jul 09, 2018

    4.5 stars, rounded up. Praise the lord! How quick we are to judge people, even if (or especially) when we don't know them. This is even more the case where celebrities are concerned?we think we know the people we see on television or read about in magazines, yet quite often the...

    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 t...

    4.5 Stars! I finally finished another BOTM book in the same month I got it! I read this as a buddy read with the #essiebuddies on Instagram and it's really sparked some great stories and outlooks on mega churches and religious experiences! Essie is a seventeen year old girl. Her ...

    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 relentle...

    BE STILL, MY HEART. I think it's fitting that I finished this book, just now, on my way to the beach. It's a place that makes me slightly uncomfortable but fascinates me nonetheless. It's a place where the land and sea and sky all meet to create a cleansing experience, both physical...

    [3.5 stars] I thought this book was very addictive, especially towards the beginning. The premise alone is very intriguing and I really wanted to know what was going to happen. But after about the 2/3 mark of the story, it kind of went exactly where I was expecting, and by the end I w...

    Why I Love It by Troian Bellisario Alright, confession time: I am NOT a fan of reality television. I?m sorry, but I just don?t get it. So when I began reading The Book of Essie, a story about a 17-year-old woman who?s spent her whole life on a reality TV show, I was worried t...

    This was an extremely addicting story that covered a lot of really heavy topics (tw: sexual assault, teen pregnancy, abuse, religion), but honestly overall it felt like TOO MUCH was happening. I?d definitely say it?s worth a read if the subject matter interests you, but I personall...

    Interesting concept, I did enjoy the idea of the book better than the execution. It had all the makings for an excellent read. However I did not fully buy into the characters and storyline, it was all too contrived, with too many themes thrown at you, it was hard to care about the main...

    To begin with, this book intrigued me because it comes with a really special and time-equivalent plot: We follow a religious, American family who are also starring in their own, national reality tv show. The contrast between the religious , unmaterialistic life and the glittery reality...

    Essie has been living her entire life under the glare of TV cameras. She?s the youngest of 6 kids on a reality TV show called 'Six for Hicks'. Her father is an evangelical minister and her mother is the woman behind the man, a devout and demure wife and mother. At least in front of t...

    I enjoyed this book though I didn?t find it to be as ?special? as I?d hoped. Full review to follow. ...

  • KC
    Jun 20, 2018

    4.5 stars, rounded up. Praise the lord! How quick we are to judge people, even if (or especially) when we don't know them. This is even more the case where celebrities are concerned?we think we know the people we see on television or read about in magazines, yet quite often the...

    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 t...

    4.5 Stars! I finally finished another BOTM book in the same month I got it! I read this as a buddy read with the #essiebuddies on Instagram and it's really sparked some great stories and outlooks on mega churches and religious experiences! Essie is a seventeen year old girl. Her ...

    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 relentle...

    BE STILL, MY HEART. I think it's fitting that I finished this book, just now, on my way to the beach. It's a place that makes me slightly uncomfortable but fascinates me nonetheless. It's a place where the land and sea and sky all meet to create a cleansing experience, both physical...

    [3.5 stars] I thought this book was very addictive, especially towards the beginning. The premise alone is very intriguing and I really wanted to know what was going to happen. But after about the 2/3 mark of the story, it kind of went exactly where I was expecting, and by the end I w...

    Why I Love It by Troian Bellisario Alright, confession time: I am NOT a fan of reality television. I?m sorry, but I just don?t get it. So when I began reading The Book of Essie, a story about a 17-year-old woman who?s spent her whole life on a reality TV show, I was worried t...

    This was an extremely addicting story that covered a lot of really heavy topics (tw: sexual assault, teen pregnancy, abuse, religion), but honestly overall it felt like TOO MUCH was happening. I?d definitely say it?s worth a read if the subject matter interests you, but I personall...

    Interesting concept, I did enjoy the idea of the book better than the execution. It had all the makings for an excellent read. However I did not fully buy into the characters and storyline, it was all too contrived, with too many themes thrown at you, it was hard to care about the main...

    To begin with, this book intrigued me because it comes with a really special and time-equivalent plot: We follow a religious, American family who are also starring in their own, national reality tv show. The contrast between the religious , unmaterialistic life and the glittery reality...

    Essie has been living her entire life under the glare of TV cameras. She?s the youngest of 6 kids on a reality TV show called 'Six for Hicks'. Her father is an evangelical minister and her mother is the woman behind the man, a devout and demure wife and mother. At least in front of t...

    I enjoyed this book though I didn?t find it to be as ?special? as I?d hoped. Full review to follow. ...

    A solid debut with a timely message. ...

    I'm here for the rainbow holographic foil. ...

    I don?t think I could shout from any more rooftops how much I LOVED #TheBookOfEssie by @meghanmacleanweir - I devoured the entire book in about half a day yesterday... centered around a teen from an evangelical religious family with their own reality show (a la Duggar family) when lo...

    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 ...

    still contemplating this one, but tw for sexual assault/rape ...

    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 char...

    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! ...

    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 ou...

    This cover is beautiful, as was The Book of Essie. I devoured this book and loved every minute of it! Essie, the daughter of a reality show preacher, is the beloved star of the show and has grown up in front of the cameras. When her mom finds out she's pregnant at 17, she begins to cra...

    I was super disappointed by this book. For the heavy subject matter this book deals in, the tone feels much too light. On top of that, characters don't really act (and react) like real people. I went into this with expectations it was adult literary fiction, but it read like YA, with t...

    4.5 Stars. Damn that was good. ...

    The Book of Essie is a timely, engrossing, beautifully written story about a pregnant teenager from a famous televangelist family. I was immediately hooked by the premise and the questions it raises: How will Essie's family react when they find out and how will they manage the scandal?...

    Essie Hicks, at seventeen, is the youngest child of the hit religious reality television show "Six for Hicks". Being brought up in the limelight has its complications, challenges, and shortcomings especially when Essie finds herself unwed and pregnant; a publicity nightmare. This debut...

  • Meredith B.  (readingwithmere)
    Jun 19, 2018

    4.5 stars, rounded up. Praise the lord! How quick we are to judge people, even if (or especially) when we don't know them. This is even more the case where celebrities are concerned?we think we know the people we see on television or read about in magazines, yet quite often the...

    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 t...

    4.5 Stars! I finally finished another BOTM book in the same month I got it! I read this as a buddy read with the #essiebuddies on Instagram and it's really sparked some great stories and outlooks on mega churches and religious experiences! Essie is a seventeen year old girl. Her ...

  • Brenda
    Jun 11, 2018

    4.5 stars, rounded up. Praise the lord! How quick we are to judge people, even if (or especially) when we don't know them. This is even more the case where celebrities are concerned?we think we know the people we see on television or read about in magazines, yet quite often the...

    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 t...

    4.5 Stars! I finally finished another BOTM book in the same month I got it! I read this as a buddy read with the #essiebuddies on Instagram and it's really sparked some great stories and outlooks on mega churches and religious experiences! Essie is a seventeen year old girl. Her ...

    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 relentle...

    BE STILL, MY HEART. I think it's fitting that I finished this book, just now, on my way to the beach. It's a place that makes me slightly uncomfortable but fascinates me nonetheless. It's a place where the land and sea and sky all meet to create a cleansing experience, both physical...

    [3.5 stars] I thought this book was very addictive, especially towards the beginning. The premise alone is very intriguing and I really wanted to know what was going to happen. But after about the 2/3 mark of the story, it kind of went exactly where I was expecting, and by the end I w...

    Why I Love It by Troian Bellisario Alright, confession time: I am NOT a fan of reality television. I?m sorry, but I just don?t get it. So when I began reading The Book of Essie, a story about a 17-year-old woman who?s spent her whole life on a reality TV show, I was worried t...

    This was an extremely addicting story that covered a lot of really heavy topics (tw: sexual assault, teen pregnancy, abuse, religion), but honestly overall it felt like TOO MUCH was happening. I?d definitely say it?s worth a read if the subject matter interests you, but I personall...

    Interesting concept, I did enjoy the idea of the book better than the execution. It had all the makings for an excellent read. However I did not fully buy into the characters and storyline, it was all too contrived, with too many themes thrown at you, it was hard to care about the main...

    To begin with, this book intrigued me because it comes with a really special and time-equivalent plot: We follow a religious, American family who are also starring in their own, national reality tv show. The contrast between the religious , unmaterialistic life and the glittery reality...

    Essie has been living her entire life under the glare of TV cameras. She?s the youngest of 6 kids on a reality TV show called 'Six for Hicks'. Her father is an evangelical minister and her mother is the woman behind the man, a devout and demure wife and mother. At least in front of t...

    I enjoyed this book though I didn?t find it to be as ?special? as I?d hoped. Full review to follow. ...

    A solid debut with a timely message. ...

  • Debbie
    Mar 18, 2018

    4.5 stars, rounded up. Praise the lord! How quick we are to judge people, even if (or especially) when we don't know them. This is even more the case where celebrities are concerned?we think we know the people we see on television or read about in magazines, yet quite often the...

    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 t...

    4.5 Stars! I finally finished another BOTM book in the same month I got it! I read this as a buddy read with the #essiebuddies on Instagram and it's really sparked some great stories and outlooks on mega churches and religious experiences! Essie is a seventeen year old girl. Her ...

    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 relentle...

    BE STILL, MY HEART. I think it's fitting that I finished this book, just now, on my way to the beach. It's a place that makes me slightly uncomfortable but fascinates me nonetheless. It's a place where the land and sea and sky all meet to create a cleansing experience, both physical...

    [3.5 stars] I thought this book was very addictive, especially towards the beginning. The premise alone is very intriguing and I really wanted to know what was going to happen. But after about the 2/3 mark of the story, it kind of went exactly where I was expecting, and by the end I w...

    Why I Love It by Troian Bellisario Alright, confession time: I am NOT a fan of reality television. I?m sorry, but I just don?t get it. So when I began reading The Book of Essie, a story about a 17-year-old woman who?s spent her whole life on a reality TV show, I was worried t...

    This was an extremely addicting story that covered a lot of really heavy topics (tw: sexual assault, teen pregnancy, abuse, religion), but honestly overall it felt like TOO MUCH was happening. I?d definitely say it?s worth a read if the subject matter interests you, but I personall...

    Interesting concept, I did enjoy the idea of the book better than the execution. It had all the makings for an excellent read. However I did not fully buy into the characters and storyline, it was all too contrived, with too many themes thrown at you, it was hard to care about the main...

    To begin with, this book intrigued me because it comes with a really special and time-equivalent plot: We follow a religious, American family who are also starring in their own, national reality tv show. The contrast between the religious , unmaterialistic life and the glittery reality...

    Essie has been living her entire life under the glare of TV cameras. She?s the youngest of 6 kids on a reality TV show called 'Six for Hicks'. Her father is an evangelical minister and her mother is the woman behind the man, a devout and demure wife and mother. At least in front of t...

    I enjoyed this book though I didn?t find it to be as ?special? as I?d hoped. Full review to follow. ...

    A solid debut with a timely message. ...

    I'm here for the rainbow holographic foil. ...

    I don?t think I could shout from any more rooftops how much I LOVED #TheBookOfEssie by @meghanmacleanweir - I devoured the entire book in about half a day yesterday... centered around a teen from an evangelical religious family with their own reality show (a la Duggar family) when lo...

    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 ...

    still contemplating this one, but tw for sexual assault/rape ...

    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 char...

  • Caidyn (BW Reviews; he/him/his)
    Jul 12, 2018

    4.5 stars, rounded up. Praise the lord! How quick we are to judge people, even if (or especially) when we don't know them. This is even more the case where celebrities are concerned?we think we know the people we see on television or read about in magazines, yet quite often the...

    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 t...

    4.5 Stars! I finally finished another BOTM book in the same month I got it! I read this as a buddy read with the #essiebuddies on Instagram and it's really sparked some great stories and outlooks on mega churches and religious experiences! Essie is a seventeen year old girl. Her ...

    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 relentle...

    BE STILL, MY HEART. I think it's fitting that I finished this book, just now, on my way to the beach. It's a place that makes me slightly uncomfortable but fascinates me nonetheless. It's a place where the land and sea and sky all meet to create a cleansing experience, both physical...

    [3.5 stars] I thought this book was very addictive, especially towards the beginning. The premise alone is very intriguing and I really wanted to know what was going to happen. But after about the 2/3 mark of the story, it kind of went exactly where I was expecting, and by the end I w...

    Why I Love It by Troian Bellisario Alright, confession time: I am NOT a fan of reality television. I?m sorry, but I just don?t get it. So when I began reading The Book of Essie, a story about a 17-year-old woman who?s spent her whole life on a reality TV show, I was worried t...

    This was an extremely addicting story that covered a lot of really heavy topics (tw: sexual assault, teen pregnancy, abuse, religion), but honestly overall it felt like TOO MUCH was happening. I?d definitely say it?s worth a read if the subject matter interests you, but I personall...

    Interesting concept, I did enjoy the idea of the book better than the execution. It had all the makings for an excellent read. However I did not fully buy into the characters and storyline, it was all too contrived, with too many themes thrown at you, it was hard to care about the main...

    To begin with, this book intrigued me because it comes with a really special and time-equivalent plot: We follow a religious, American family who are also starring in their own, national reality tv show. The contrast between the religious , unmaterialistic life and the glittery reality...

    Essie has been living her entire life under the glare of TV cameras. She?s the youngest of 6 kids on a reality TV show called 'Six for Hicks'. Her father is an evangelical minister and her mother is the woman behind the man, a devout and demure wife and mother. At least in front of t...

    I enjoyed this book though I didn?t find it to be as ?special? as I?d hoped. Full review to follow. ...

    A solid debut with a timely message. ...

    I'm here for the rainbow holographic foil. ...

    I don?t think I could shout from any more rooftops how much I LOVED #TheBookOfEssie by @meghanmacleanweir - I devoured the entire book in about half a day yesterday... centered around a teen from an evangelical religious family with their own reality show (a la Duggar family) when lo...

    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 ...

    still contemplating this one, but tw for sexual assault/rape ...

    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 char...

    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! ...

    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 ou...

    This cover is beautiful, as was The Book of Essie. I devoured this book and loved every minute of it! Essie, the daughter of a reality show preacher, is the beloved star of the show and has grown up in front of the cameras. When her mom finds out she's pregnant at 17, she begins to cra...

    I was super disappointed by this book. For the heavy subject matter this book deals in, the tone feels much too light. On top of that, characters don't really act (and react) like real people. I went into this with expectations it was adult literary fiction, but it read like YA, with t...

    4.5 Stars. Damn that was good. ...

    The Book of Essie is a timely, engrossing, beautifully written story about a pregnant teenager from a famous televangelist family. I was immediately hooked by the premise and the questions it raises: How will Essie's family react when they find out and how will they manage the scandal?...

    Essie Hicks, at seventeen, is the youngest child of the hit religious reality television show "Six for Hicks". Being brought up in the limelight has its complications, challenges, and shortcomings especially when Essie finds herself unwed and pregnant; a publicity nightmare. This debut...

    *my BOTM pick for June Box* ...

    This review and others can be found on my blog! TW: child sexual assault and mentions of homophobia and racism What can I say? I really liked this book. While it was a bit slower than I wanted and it didn?t tie up how I might have liked, I still really liked it. Why? Because I ...

  • Lola
    Jul 17, 2018

    4.5 stars, rounded up. Praise the lord! How quick we are to judge people, even if (or especially) when we don't know them. This is even more the case where celebrities are concerned?we think we know the people we see on television or read about in magazines, yet quite often the...

    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 t...

  • Chelsea (chelseadolling reads)
    Jul 26, 2018

    4.5 stars, rounded up. Praise the lord! How quick we are to judge people, even if (or especially) when we don't know them. This is even more the case where celebrities are concerned?we think we know the people we see on television or read about in magazines, yet quite often the...

    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 t...

    4.5 Stars! I finally finished another BOTM book in the same month I got it! I read this as a buddy read with the #essiebuddies on Instagram and it's really sparked some great stories and outlooks on mega churches and religious experiences! Essie is a seventeen year old girl. Her ...

    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 relentle...

    BE STILL, MY HEART. I think it's fitting that I finished this book, just now, on my way to the beach. It's a place that makes me slightly uncomfortable but fascinates me nonetheless. It's a place where the land and sea and sky all meet to create a cleansing experience, both physical...

    [3.5 stars] I thought this book was very addictive, especially towards the beginning. The premise alone is very intriguing and I really wanted to know what was going to happen. But after about the 2/3 mark of the story, it kind of went exactly where I was expecting, and by the end I w...

    Why I Love It by Troian Bellisario Alright, confession time: I am NOT a fan of reality television. I?m sorry, but I just don?t get it. So when I began reading The Book of Essie, a story about a 17-year-old woman who?s spent her whole life on a reality TV show, I was worried t...

    This was an extremely addicting story that covered a lot of really heavy topics (tw: sexual assault, teen pregnancy, abuse, religion), but honestly overall it felt like TOO MUCH was happening. I?d definitely say it?s worth a read if the subject matter interests you, but I personall...

  • Erin *Help I’m Reading and I Can’t Get Up*
    Jul 13, 2018

    4.5 stars, rounded up. Praise the lord! How quick we are to judge people, even if (or especially) when we don't know them. This is even more the case where celebrities are concerned?we think we know the people we see on television or read about in magazines, yet quite often the...

    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 t...

    4.5 Stars! I finally finished another BOTM book in the same month I got it! I read this as a buddy read with the #essiebuddies on Instagram and it's really sparked some great stories and outlooks on mega churches and religious experiences! Essie is a seventeen year old girl. Her ...

    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 relentle...

    BE STILL, MY HEART. I think it's fitting that I finished this book, just now, on my way to the beach. It's a place that makes me slightly uncomfortable but fascinates me nonetheless. It's a place where the land and sea and sky all meet to create a cleansing experience, both physical...

    [3.5 stars] I thought this book was very addictive, especially towards the beginning. The premise alone is very intriguing and I really wanted to know what was going to happen. But after about the 2/3 mark of the story, it kind of went exactly where I was expecting, and by the end I w...

    Why I Love It by Troian Bellisario Alright, confession time: I am NOT a fan of reality television. I?m sorry, but I just don?t get it. So when I began reading The Book of Essie, a story about a 17-year-old woman who?s spent her whole life on a reality TV show, I was worried t...

    This was an extremely addicting story that covered a lot of really heavy topics (tw: sexual assault, teen pregnancy, abuse, religion), but honestly overall it felt like TOO MUCH was happening. I?d definitely say it?s worth a read if the subject matter interests you, but I personall...

    Interesting concept, I did enjoy the idea of the book better than the execution. It had all the makings for an excellent read. However I did not fully buy into the characters and storyline, it was all too contrived, with too many themes thrown at you, it was hard to care about the main...

    To begin with, this book intrigued me because it comes with a really special and time-equivalent plot: We follow a religious, American family who are also starring in their own, national reality tv show. The contrast between the religious , unmaterialistic life and the glittery reality...

    Essie has been living her entire life under the glare of TV cameras. She?s the youngest of 6 kids on a reality TV show called 'Six for Hicks'. Her father is an evangelical minister and her mother is the woman behind the man, a devout and demure wife and mother. At least in front of t...

    I enjoyed this book though I didn?t find it to be as ?special? as I?d hoped. Full review to follow. ...

    A solid debut with a timely message. ...

    I'm here for the rainbow holographic foil. ...

    I don?t think I could shout from any more rooftops how much I LOVED #TheBookOfEssie by @meghanmacleanweir - I devoured the entire book in about half a day yesterday... centered around a teen from an evangelical religious family with their own reality show (a la Duggar family) when lo...

    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 ...

    still contemplating this one, but tw for sexual assault/rape ...

    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 char...

    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! ...

    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 ou...

    This cover is beautiful, as was The Book of Essie. I devoured this book and loved every minute of it! Essie, the daughter of a reality show preacher, is the beloved star of the show and has grown up in front of the cameras. When her mom finds out she's pregnant at 17, she begins to cra...

    I was super disappointed by this book. For the heavy subject matter this book deals in, the tone feels much too light. On top of that, characters don't really act (and react) like real people. I went into this with expectations it was adult literary fiction, but it read like YA, with t...

    4.5 Stars. Damn that was good. ...

    The Book of Essie is a timely, engrossing, beautifully written story about a pregnant teenager from a famous televangelist family. I was immediately hooked by the premise and the questions it raises: How will Essie's family react when they find out and how will they manage the scandal?...

    Essie Hicks, at seventeen, is the youngest child of the hit religious reality television show "Six for Hicks". Being brought up in the limelight has its complications, challenges, and shortcomings especially when Essie finds herself unwed and pregnant; a publicity nightmare. This debut...

    *my BOTM pick for June Box* ...

    This review and others can be found on my blog! TW: child sexual assault and mentions of homophobia and racism What can I say? I really liked this book. While it was a bit slower than I wanted and it didn?t tie up how I might have liked, I still really liked it. Why? Because I ...

    4.25 stars. Really, really good! Okay so there are three things I love a lot in life: 1. Religious drama 2. Reality television 3. Books that have NO CHILL and are ABSOLUTELY fictionalizing something that really happened THIS BOOK HAS THEM ALL! So, if you know anything ab...

  • Helene Jeppesen
    Aug 02, 2018

    4.5 stars, rounded up. Praise the lord! How quick we are to judge people, even if (or especially) when we don't know them. This is even more the case where celebrities are concerned?we think we know the people we see on television or read about in magazines, yet quite often the...

    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 t...

    4.5 Stars! I finally finished another BOTM book in the same month I got it! I read this as a buddy read with the #essiebuddies on Instagram and it's really sparked some great stories and outlooks on mega churches and religious experiences! Essie is a seventeen year old girl. Her ...

    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 relentle...

    BE STILL, MY HEART. I think it's fitting that I finished this book, just now, on my way to the beach. It's a place that makes me slightly uncomfortable but fascinates me nonetheless. It's a place where the land and sea and sky all meet to create a cleansing experience, both physical...

    [3.5 stars] I thought this book was very addictive, especially towards the beginning. The premise alone is very intriguing and I really wanted to know what was going to happen. But after about the 2/3 mark of the story, it kind of went exactly where I was expecting, and by the end I w...

    Why I Love It by Troian Bellisario Alright, confession time: I am NOT a fan of reality television. I?m sorry, but I just don?t get it. So when I began reading The Book of Essie, a story about a 17-year-old woman who?s spent her whole life on a reality TV show, I was worried t...

    This was an extremely addicting story that covered a lot of really heavy topics (tw: sexual assault, teen pregnancy, abuse, religion), but honestly overall it felt like TOO MUCH was happening. I?d definitely say it?s worth a read if the subject matter interests you, but I personall...

    Interesting concept, I did enjoy the idea of the book better than the execution. It had all the makings for an excellent read. However I did not fully buy into the characters and storyline, it was all too contrived, with too many themes thrown at you, it was hard to care about the main...

    To begin with, this book intrigued me because it comes with a really special and time-equivalent plot: We follow a religious, American family who are also starring in their own, national reality tv show. The contrast between the religious , unmaterialistic life and the glittery reality...

  • Vanessa
    Jul 10, 2018

    4.5 stars, rounded up. Praise the lord! How quick we are to judge people, even if (or especially) when we don't know them. This is even more the case where celebrities are concerned?we think we know the people we see on television or read about in magazines, yet quite often the...

    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 t...

    4.5 Stars! I finally finished another BOTM book in the same month I got it! I read this as a buddy read with the #essiebuddies on Instagram and it's really sparked some great stories and outlooks on mega churches and religious experiences! Essie is a seventeen year old girl. Her ...

    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 relentle...

    BE STILL, MY HEART. I think it's fitting that I finished this book, just now, on my way to the beach. It's a place that makes me slightly uncomfortable but fascinates me nonetheless. It's a place where the land and sea and sky all meet to create a cleansing experience, both physical...

    [3.5 stars] I thought this book was very addictive, especially towards the beginning. The premise alone is very intriguing and I really wanted to know what was going to happen. But after about the 2/3 mark of the story, it kind of went exactly where I was expecting, and by the end I w...

    Why I Love It by Troian Bellisario Alright, confession time: I am NOT a fan of reality television. I?m sorry, but I just don?t get it. So when I began reading The Book of Essie, a story about a 17-year-old woman who?s spent her whole life on a reality TV show, I was worried t...

    This was an extremely addicting story that covered a lot of really heavy topics (tw: sexual assault, teen pregnancy, abuse, religion), but honestly overall it felt like TOO MUCH was happening. I?d definitely say it?s worth a read if the subject matter interests you, but I personall...

    Interesting concept, I did enjoy the idea of the book better than the execution. It had all the makings for an excellent read. However I did not fully buy into the characters and storyline, it was all too contrived, with too many themes thrown at you, it was hard to care about the main...

  • Book of the Month
    Jun 01, 2018

    4.5 stars, rounded up. Praise the lord! How quick we are to judge people, even if (or especially) when we don't know them. This is even more the case where celebrities are concerned?we think we know the people we see on television or read about in magazines, yet quite often the...

    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 t...

    4.5 Stars! I finally finished another BOTM book in the same month I got it! I read this as a buddy read with the #essiebuddies on Instagram and it's really sparked some great stories and outlooks on mega churches and religious experiences! Essie is a seventeen year old girl. Her ...

    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 relentle...

    BE STILL, MY HEART. I think it's fitting that I finished this book, just now, on my way to the beach. It's a place that makes me slightly uncomfortable but fascinates me nonetheless. It's a place where the land and sea and sky all meet to create a cleansing experience, both physical...

    [3.5 stars] I thought this book was very addictive, especially towards the beginning. The premise alone is very intriguing and I really wanted to know what was going to happen. But after about the 2/3 mark of the story, it kind of went exactly where I was expecting, and by the end I w...

    Why I Love It by Troian Bellisario Alright, confession time: I am NOT a fan of reality television. I?m sorry, but I just don?t get it. So when I began reading The Book of Essie, a story about a 17-year-old woman who?s spent her whole life on a reality TV show, I was worried t...

  • Katie B
    Apr 21, 2018

    4.5 stars, rounded up. Praise the lord! How quick we are to judge people, even if (or especially) when we don't know them. This is even more the case where celebrities are concerned?we think we know the people we see on television or read about in magazines, yet quite often the...

    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 t...

    4.5 Stars! I finally finished another BOTM book in the same month I got it! I read this as a buddy read with the #essiebuddies on Instagram and it's really sparked some great stories and outlooks on mega churches and religious experiences! Essie is a seventeen year old girl. Her ...

    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 relentle...

    BE STILL, MY HEART. I think it's fitting that I finished this book, just now, on my way to the beach. It's a place that makes me slightly uncomfortable but fascinates me nonetheless. It's a place where the land and sea and sky all meet to create a cleansing experience, both physical...

    [3.5 stars] I thought this book was very addictive, especially towards the beginning. The premise alone is very intriguing and I really wanted to know what was going to happen. But after about the 2/3 mark of the story, it kind of went exactly where I was expecting, and by the end I w...

    Why I Love It by Troian Bellisario Alright, confession time: I am NOT a fan of reality television. I?m sorry, but I just don?t get it. So when I began reading The Book of Essie, a story about a 17-year-old woman who?s spent her whole life on a reality TV show, I was worried t...

    This was an extremely addicting story that covered a lot of really heavy topics (tw: sexual assault, teen pregnancy, abuse, religion), but honestly overall it felt like TOO MUCH was happening. I?d definitely say it?s worth a read if the subject matter interests you, but I personall...

    Interesting concept, I did enjoy the idea of the book better than the execution. It had all the makings for an excellent read. However I did not fully buy into the characters and storyline, it was all too contrived, with too many themes thrown at you, it was hard to care about the main...

    To begin with, this book intrigued me because it comes with a really special and time-equivalent plot: We follow a religious, American family who are also starring in their own, national reality tv show. The contrast between the religious , unmaterialistic life and the glittery reality...

    Essie has been living her entire life under the glare of TV cameras. She?s the youngest of 6 kids on a reality TV show called 'Six for Hicks'. Her father is an evangelical minister and her mother is the woman behind the man, a devout and demure wife and mother. At least in front of t...

    I enjoyed this book though I didn?t find it to be as ?special? as I?d hoped. Full review to follow. ...

    A solid debut with a timely message. ...

    I'm here for the rainbow holographic foil. ...

    I don?t think I could shout from any more rooftops how much I LOVED #TheBookOfEssie by @meghanmacleanweir - I devoured the entire book in about half a day yesterday... centered around a teen from an evangelical religious family with their own reality show (a la Duggar family) when lo...

    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 ...

    still contemplating this one, but tw for sexual assault/rape ...

    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 char...

    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! ...

    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 ou...

  • Rose (Traveling Sister)
    Jun 30, 2018

    4.5 stars, rounded up. Praise the lord! How quick we are to judge people, even if (or especially) when we don't know them. This is even more the case where celebrities are concerned?we think we know the people we see on television or read about in magazines, yet quite often the...

    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 t...

    4.5 Stars! I finally finished another BOTM book in the same month I got it! I read this as a buddy read with the #essiebuddies on Instagram and it's really sparked some great stories and outlooks on mega churches and religious experiences! Essie is a seventeen year old girl. Her ...

    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 relentle...

    BE STILL, MY HEART. I think it's fitting that I finished this book, just now, on my way to the beach. It's a place that makes me slightly uncomfortable but fascinates me nonetheless. It's a place where the land and sea and sky all meet to create a cleansing experience, both physical...