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...

    [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...

    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...

    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...

    [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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    There is something about the prelude to imminent scandal that hooks me to a novel. Only in books though since I don't watch much TV or have an interest in real-life drama.The fact remains that I did not expect to be so drawn into this story as I was! Esther Hicks (or Essie) bec...

    This should be called The Book of Excess. It has every, and I mean EVERY, major YA novel and/or After School Special type of melodramatic plot point going on, all stuffed into a mere 300ish pages and distributed between three different characters/narrators. It?s like a relentless BOG...

    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...

    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...

    4.5 illusion is on the outside while reality is what is within stars My reviews can be seen here: https://yayareadslotsofbooks.wordpres... Essie is the daughter of a powerful rich family who make their fortune through the use of reality TV, featuring a religious theme. She and her ...

    For its gorgeous cover and fascinating author profile, this book took me forever to finish. What started out as simply compelling devolved into a convoluted slog. There were so (too?!) many important issues present in this story that deserved more complex exploration than they were giv...

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

    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. ...

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

    Well this was quite a surprise. I normally don't read books that revolve around religion, because I'm not a religious person and it just doesn't interest me. But I do love reading books that revolve around a celebrity-type main character dealing with the public and the media and all th...

    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 ...

    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 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...

    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?...

  • 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...

    [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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    There is something about the prelude to imminent scandal that hooks me to a novel. Only in books though since I don't watch much TV or have an interest in real-life drama.The fact remains that I did not expect to be so drawn into this story as I was! Esther Hicks (or Essie) bec...

    This should be called The Book of Excess. It has every, and I mean EVERY, major YA novel and/or After School Special type of melodramatic plot point going on, all stuffed into a mere 300ish pages and distributed between three different characters/narrators. It?s like a relentless BOG...

    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...

    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...

    4.5 illusion is on the outside while reality is what is within stars My reviews can be seen here: https://yayareadslotsofbooks.wordpres... Essie is the daughter of a powerful rich family who make their fortune through the use of reality TV, featuring a religious theme. She and her ...

    For its gorgeous cover and fascinating author profile, this book took me forever to finish. What started out as simply compelling devolved into a convoluted slog. There were so (too?!) many important issues present in this story that deserved more complex exploration than they were giv...

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

    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. ...

    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...

    [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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    There is something about the prelude to imminent scandal that hooks me to a novel. Only in books though since I don't watch much TV or have an interest in real-life drama.The fact remains that I did not expect to be so drawn into this story as I was! Esther Hicks (or Essie) bec...

    This should be called The Book of Excess. It has every, and I mean EVERY, major YA novel and/or After School Special type of melodramatic plot point going on, all stuffed into a mere 300ish pages and distributed between three different characters/narrators. It?s like a relentless BOG...

    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...

    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...

    4.5 illusion is on the outside while reality is what is within stars My reviews can be seen here: https://yayareadslotsofbooks.wordpres... Essie is the daughter of a powerful rich family who make their fortune through the use of reality TV, featuring a religious theme. She and her ...

    For its gorgeous cover and fascinating author profile, this book took me forever to finish. What started out as simply compelling devolved into a convoluted slog. There were so (too?!) many important issues present in this story that deserved more complex exploration than they were giv...

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

    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. ...

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

    Well this was quite a surprise. I normally don't read books that revolve around religion, because I'm not a religious person and it just doesn't interest me. But I do love reading books that revolve around a celebrity-type main character dealing with the public and the media and all th...

    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 ...

  • Marialyce
    Oct 04, 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...

    [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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    There is something about the prelude to imminent scandal that hooks me to a novel. Only in books though since I don't watch much TV or have an interest in real-life drama.The fact remains that I did not expect to be so drawn into this story as I was! Esther Hicks (or Essie) bec...

    This should be called The Book of Excess. It has every, and I mean EVERY, major YA novel and/or After School Special type of melodramatic plot point going on, all stuffed into a mere 300ish pages and distributed between three different characters/narrators. It?s like a relentless BOG...

    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...

    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...

    4.5 illusion is on the outside while reality is what is within stars My reviews can be seen here: https://yayareadslotsofbooks.wordpres... Essie is the daughter of a powerful rich family who make their fortune through the use of reality TV, featuring a religious theme. She and her ...

  • 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...

    [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...

  • Carol (Bookaria)
    Sep 25, 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...

    [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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    There is something about the prelude to imminent scandal that hooks me to a novel. Only in books though since I don't watch much TV or have an interest in real-life drama.The fact remains that I did not expect to be so drawn into this story as I was! Esther Hicks (or Essie) bec...

  • Ana
    Nov 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...

    [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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    There is something about the prelude to imminent scandal that hooks me to a novel. Only in books though since I don't watch much TV or have an interest in real-life drama.The fact remains that I did not expect to be so drawn into this story as I was! Esther Hicks (or Essie) bec...

    This should be called The Book of Excess. It has every, and I mean EVERY, major YA novel and/or After School Special type of melodramatic plot point going on, all stuffed into a mere 300ish pages and distributed between three different characters/narrators. It?s like a relentless BOG...

    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...

    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...

    4.5 illusion is on the outside while reality is what is within stars My reviews can be seen here: https://yayareadslotsofbooks.wordpres... Essie is the daughter of a powerful rich family who make their fortune through the use of reality TV, featuring a religious theme. She and her ...

    For its gorgeous cover and fascinating author profile, this book took me forever to finish. What started out as simply compelling devolved into a convoluted slog. There were so (too?!) many important issues present in this story that deserved more complex exploration than they were giv...

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

    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. ...

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

    Well this was quite a surprise. I normally don't read books that revolve around religion, because I'm not a religious person and it just doesn't interest me. But I do love reading books that revolve around a celebrity-type main character dealing with the public and the media and all th...

    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 ...

    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 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...

    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?...

    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 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 ...

    ?It may be silly, but it gives me hope, this army of strangers that have sworn to stand up against slut-shaming and homophobia and bigotry.? The Book of? These books of women and young girls, named or unnamed!!! This is the third such book I?ve read this year, along...

  • 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...

    [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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    There is something about the prelude to imminent scandal that hooks me to a novel. Only in books though since I don't watch much TV or have an interest in real-life drama.The fact remains that I did not expect to be so drawn into this story as I was! Esther Hicks (or Essie) bec...

    This should be called The Book of Excess. It has every, and I mean EVERY, major YA novel and/or After School Special type of melodramatic plot point going on, all stuffed into a mere 300ish pages and distributed between three different characters/narrators. It?s like a relentless BOG...

    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...

    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...

    4.5 illusion is on the outside while reality is what is within stars My reviews can be seen here: https://yayareadslotsofbooks.wordpres... Essie is the daughter of a powerful rich family who make their fortune through the use of reality TV, featuring a religious theme. She and her ...

    For its gorgeous cover and fascinating author profile, this book took me forever to finish. What started out as simply compelling devolved into a convoluted slog. There were so (too?!) many important issues present in this story that deserved more complex exploration than they were giv...

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

    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. ...

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

    Well this was quite a surprise. I normally don't read books that revolve around religion, because I'm not a religious person and it just doesn't interest me. But I do love reading books that revolve around a celebrity-type main character dealing with the public and the media and all th...

    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...

    [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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    There is something about the prelude to imminent scandal that hooks me to a novel. Only in books though since I don't watch much TV or have an interest in real-life drama.The fact remains that I did not expect to be so drawn into this story as I was! Esther Hicks (or Essie) bec...

    This should be called The Book of Excess. It has every, and I mean EVERY, major YA novel and/or After School Special type of melodramatic plot point going on, all stuffed into a mere 300ish pages and distributed between three different characters/narrators. It?s like a relentless BOG...

    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...

    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...

    4.5 illusion is on the outside while reality is what is within stars My reviews can be seen here: https://yayareadslotsofbooks.wordpres... Essie is the daughter of a powerful rich family who make their fortune through the use of reality TV, featuring a religious theme. She and her ...

    For its gorgeous cover and fascinating author profile, this book took me forever to finish. What started out as simply compelling devolved into a convoluted slog. There were so (too?!) many important issues present in this story that deserved more complex exploration than they were giv...

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

    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. ...

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

    Well this was quite a surprise. I normally don't read books that revolve around religion, because I'm not a religious person and it just doesn't interest me. But I do love reading books that revolve around a celebrity-type main character dealing with the public and the media and all th...

    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 ...

    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 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...

    [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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    There is something about the prelude to imminent scandal that hooks me to a novel. Only in books though since I don't watch much TV or have an interest in real-life drama.The fact remains that I did not expect to be so drawn into this story as I was! Esther Hicks (or Essie) bec...

    This should be called The Book of Excess. It has every, and I mean EVERY, major YA novel and/or After School Special type of melodramatic plot point going on, all stuffed into a mere 300ish pages and distributed between three different characters/narrators. It?s like a relentless BOG...

    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...

    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...

    4.5 illusion is on the outside while reality is what is within stars My reviews can be seen here: https://yayareadslotsofbooks.wordpres... Essie is the daughter of a powerful rich family who make their fortune through the use of reality TV, featuring a religious theme. She and her ...

    For its gorgeous cover and fascinating author profile, this book took me forever to finish. What started out as simply compelling devolved into a convoluted slog. There were so (too?!) many important issues present in this story that deserved more complex exploration than they were giv...

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

    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. ...

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

    Well this was quite a surprise. I normally don't read books that revolve around religion, because I'm not a religious person and it just doesn't interest me. But I do love reading books that revolve around a celebrity-type main character dealing with the public and the media and all th...

    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 ...

    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 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...

    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?...

    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 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 ...

    ?It may be silly, but it gives me hope, this army of strangers that have sworn to stand up against slut-shaming and homophobia and bigotry.? The Book of? These books of women and young girls, named or unnamed!!! This is the third such book I?ve read this year, along...

    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...

  • Kelli
    Sep 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...

    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...

    [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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    There is something about the prelude to imminent scandal that hooks me to a novel. Only in books though since I don't watch much TV or have an interest in real-life drama.The fact remains that I did not expect to be so drawn into this story as I was! Esther Hicks (or Essie) bec...

    This should be called The Book of Excess. It has every, and I mean EVERY, major YA novel and/or After School Special type of melodramatic plot point going on, all stuffed into a mere 300ish pages and distributed between three different characters/narrators. It?s like a relentless BOG...

    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...

    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...

    4.5 illusion is on the outside while reality is what is within stars My reviews can be seen here: https://yayareadslotsofbooks.wordpres... Essie is the daughter of a powerful rich family who make their fortune through the use of reality TV, featuring a religious theme. She and her ...

    For its gorgeous cover and fascinating author profile, this book took me forever to finish. What started out as simply compelling devolved into a convoluted slog. There were so (too?!) many important issues present in this story that deserved more complex exploration than they were giv...

  • 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...

    [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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    There is something about the prelude to imminent scandal that hooks me to a novel. Only in books though since I don't watch much TV or have an interest in real-life drama.The fact remains that I did not expect to be so drawn into this story as I was! Esther Hicks (or Essie) bec...

    This should be called The Book of Excess. It has every, and I mean EVERY, major YA novel and/or After School Special type of melodramatic plot point going on, all stuffed into a mere 300ish pages and distributed between three different characters/narrators. It?s like a relentless BOG...

    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...

    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...

    4.5 illusion is on the outside while reality is what is within stars My reviews can be seen here: https://yayareadslotsofbooks.wordpres... Essie is the daughter of a powerful rich family who make their fortune through the use of reality TV, featuring a religious theme. She and her ...

    For its gorgeous cover and fascinating author profile, this book took me forever to finish. What started out as simply compelling devolved into a convoluted slog. There were so (too?!) many important issues present in this story that deserved more complex exploration than they were giv...

    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...

    [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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    There is something about the prelude to imminent scandal that hooks me to a novel. Only in books though since I don't watch much TV or have an interest in real-life drama.The fact remains that I did not expect to be so drawn into this story as I was! Esther Hicks (or Essie) bec...

    This should be called The Book of Excess. It has every, and I mean EVERY, major YA novel and/or After School Special type of melodramatic plot point going on, all stuffed into a mere 300ish pages and distributed between three different characters/narrators. It?s like a relentless BOG...

    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...

    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...

    4.5 illusion is on the outside while reality is what is within stars My reviews can be seen here: https://yayareadslotsofbooks.wordpres... Essie is the daughter of a powerful rich family who make their fortune through the use of reality TV, featuring a religious theme. She and her ...

    For its gorgeous cover and fascinating author profile, this book took me forever to finish. What started out as simply compelling devolved into a convoluted slog. There were so (too?!) many important issues present in this story that deserved more complex exploration than they were giv...

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

    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. ...

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

    Well this was quite a surprise. I normally don't read books that revolve around religion, because I'm not a religious person and it just doesn't interest me. But I do love reading books that revolve around a celebrity-type main character dealing with the public and the media and all th...

    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 ...

    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 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...

    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?...

    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! ...

  • 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...

    [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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    There is something about the prelude to imminent scandal that hooks me to a novel. Only in books though since I don't watch much TV or have an interest in real-life drama.The fact remains that I did not expect to be so drawn into this story as I was! Esther Hicks (or Essie) bec...

    This should be called The Book of Excess. It has every, and I mean EVERY, major YA novel and/or After School Special type of melodramatic plot point going on, all stuffed into a mere 300ish pages and distributed between three different characters/narrators. It?s like a relentless BOG...

    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...

    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...

    4.5 illusion is on the outside while reality is what is within stars My reviews can be seen here: https://yayareadslotsofbooks.wordpres... Essie is the daughter of a powerful rich family who make their fortune through the use of reality TV, featuring a religious theme. She and her ...

    For its gorgeous cover and fascinating author profile, this book took me forever to finish. What started out as simply compelling devolved into a convoluted slog. There were so (too?!) many important issues present in this story that deserved more complex exploration than they were giv...

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

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

  • 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...

    [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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    There is something about the prelude to imminent scandal that hooks me to a novel. Only in books though since I don't watch much TV or have an interest in real-life drama.The fact remains that I did not expect to be so drawn into this story as I was! Esther Hicks (or Essie) bec...

    This should be called The Book of Excess. It has every, and I mean EVERY, major YA novel and/or After School Special type of melodramatic plot point going on, all stuffed into a mere 300ish pages and distributed between three different characters/narrators. It?s like a relentless BOG...

    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...

    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...

    4.5 illusion is on the outside while reality is what is within stars My reviews can be seen here: https://yayareadslotsofbooks.wordpres... Essie is the daughter of a powerful rich family who make their fortune through the use of reality TV, featuring a religious theme. She and her ...

    For its gorgeous cover and fascinating author profile, this book took me forever to finish. What started out as simply compelling devolved into a convoluted slog. There were so (too?!) many important issues present in this story that deserved more complex exploration than they were giv...

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

    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...

    [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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    There is something about the prelude to imminent scandal that hooks me to a novel. Only in books though since I don't watch much TV or have an interest in real-life drama.The fact remains that I did not expect to be so drawn into this story as I was! Esther Hicks (or Essie) bec...

    This should be called The Book of Excess. It has every, and I mean EVERY, major YA novel and/or After School Special type of melodramatic plot point going on, all stuffed into a mere 300ish pages and distributed between three different characters/narrators. It?s like a relentless BOG...

    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...

    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...

    4.5 illusion is on the outside while reality is what is within stars My reviews can be seen here: https://yayareadslotsofbooks.wordpres... Essie is the daughter of a powerful rich family who make their fortune through the use of reality TV, featuring a religious theme. She and her ...

    For its gorgeous cover and fascinating author profile, this book took me forever to finish. What started out as simply compelling devolved into a convoluted slog. There were so (too?!) many important issues present in this story that deserved more complex exploration than they were giv...

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

    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. ...

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

    Well this was quite a surprise. I normally don't read books that revolve around religion, because I'm not a religious person and it just doesn't interest me. But I do love reading books that revolve around a celebrity-type main character dealing with the public and the media and all th...

    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 ...

    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 (SEMI-HIATUS; 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...

    [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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    There is something about the prelude to imminent scandal that hooks me to a novel. Only in books though since I don't watch much TV or have an interest in real-life drama.The fact remains that I did not expect to be so drawn into this story as I was! Esther Hicks (or Essie) bec...

    This should be called The Book of Excess. It has every, and I mean EVERY, major YA novel and/or After School Special type of melodramatic plot point going on, all stuffed into a mere 300ish pages and distributed between three different characters/narrators. It?s like a relentless BOG...

    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...

    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...

    4.5 illusion is on the outside while reality is what is within stars My reviews can be seen here: https://yayareadslotsofbooks.wordpres... Essie is the daughter of a powerful rich family who make their fortune through the use of reality TV, featuring a religious theme. She and her ...

    For its gorgeous cover and fascinating author profile, this book took me forever to finish. What started out as simply compelling devolved into a convoluted slog. There were so (too?!) many important issues present in this story that deserved more complex exploration than they were giv...

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

    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. ...

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

    Well this was quite a surprise. I normally don't read books that revolve around religion, because I'm not a religious person and it just doesn't interest me. But I do love reading books that revolve around a celebrity-type main character dealing with the public and the media and all th...

    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 ...

    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 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...

    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?...

    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 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...

    [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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    There is something about the prelude to imminent scandal that hooks me to a novel. Only in books though since I don't watch much TV or have an interest in real-life drama.The fact remains that I did not expect to be so drawn into this story as I was! Esther Hicks (or Essie) bec...

    This should be called The Book of Excess. It has every, and I mean EVERY, major YA novel and/or After School Special type of melodramatic plot point going on, all stuffed into a mere 300ish pages and distributed between three different characters/narrators. It?s like a relentless BOG...

    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...

  • 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...

    [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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    There is something about the prelude to imminent scandal that hooks me to a novel. Only in books though since I don't watch much TV or have an interest in real-life drama.The fact remains that I did not expect to be so drawn into this story as I was! Esther Hicks (or Essie) bec...

    This should be called The Book of Excess. It has every, and I mean EVERY, major YA novel and/or After School Special type of melodramatic plot point going on, all stuffed into a mere 300ish pages and distributed between three different characters/narrators. It?s like a relentless BOG...

    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...

    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...

    [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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

  • Gabby
    Sep 25, 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...

    [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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    There is something about the prelude to imminent scandal that hooks me to a novel. Only in books though since I don't watch much TV or have an interest in real-life drama.The fact remains that I did not expect to be so drawn into this story as I was! Esther Hicks (or Essie) bec...

    This should be called The Book of Excess. It has every, and I mean EVERY, major YA novel and/or After School Special type of melodramatic plot point going on, all stuffed into a mere 300ish pages and distributed between three different characters/narrators. It?s like a relentless BOG...

    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...

    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...

    4.5 illusion is on the outside while reality is what is within stars My reviews can be seen here: https://yayareadslotsofbooks.wordpres... Essie is the daughter of a powerful rich family who make their fortune through the use of reality TV, featuring a religious theme. She and her ...

    For its gorgeous cover and fascinating author profile, this book took me forever to finish. What started out as simply compelling devolved into a convoluted slog. There were so (too?!) many important issues present in this story that deserved more complex exploration than they were giv...

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

    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. ...

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

    Well this was quite a surprise. I normally don't read books that revolve around religion, because I'm not a religious person and it just doesn't interest me. But I do love reading books that revolve around a celebrity-type main character dealing with the public and the media and all th...

  • Jenna
    Aug 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...

    [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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    There is something about the prelude to imminent scandal that hooks me to a novel. Only in books though since I don't watch much TV or have an interest in real-life drama.The fact remains that I did not expect to be so drawn into this story as I was! Esther Hicks (or Essie) bec...

    This should be called The Book of Excess. It has every, and I mean EVERY, major YA novel and/or After School Special type of melodramatic plot point going on, all stuffed into a mere 300ish pages and distributed between three different characters/narrators. It?s like a relentless BOG...

  • 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...

    [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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    [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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    There is something about the prelude to imminent scandal that hooks me to a novel. Only in books though since I don't watch much TV or have an interest in real-life drama.The fact remains that I did not expect to be so drawn into this story as I was! Esther Hicks (or Essie) bec...

    This should be called The Book of Excess. It has every, and I mean EVERY, major YA novel and/or After School Special type of melodramatic plot point going on, all stuffed into a mere 300ish pages and distributed between three different characters/narrators. It?s like a relentless BOG...

    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...

    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...

    4.5 illusion is on the outside while reality is what is within stars My reviews can be seen here: https://yayareadslotsofbooks.wordpres... Essie is the daughter of a powerful rich family who make their fortune through the use of reality TV, featuring a religious theme. She and her ...

    For its gorgeous cover and fascinating author profile, this book took me forever to finish. What started out as simply compelling devolved into a convoluted slog. There were so (too?!) many important issues present in this story that deserved more complex exploration than they were giv...

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

    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. ...

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

    Well this was quite a surprise. I normally don't read books that revolve around religion, because I'm not a religious person and it just doesn't interest me. But I do love reading books that revolve around a celebrity-type main character dealing with the public and the media and all th...

    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 ...

    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 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...

    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?...

    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...

    [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...

    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...