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Literary Fiction

The Book of Essie

Debut
We love supporting debut authors. Congrats, Meghan MacLean Weir, on your first novel!

by Meghan MacLean Weir

Quick take

When the teenage star of a Christian reality TV show gets pregnant, will it blow up her life, or just her ratings?

Good to know

  • Fast Read

  • Feminist

  • Family Drama

  • LGBTQ+ Friendly

Troian Bellisario is an actress who starred in the hit TV series Pretty Little Liars

Why I love it

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 to say the least. Worried, that is, until I realized that this surprisingly gritty girl was actually planning to blow up the show (and her family’s image) from ...

Synopsis

Esther Ann Hicks—Essie—is the youngest child on Six for Hicks, a reality television phenomenon. She’s grown up in the spotlight, both idolized and despised for her family’s fire-and-brimstone brand of faith. When Essie’s mother, Celia, discovers that Essie is pregnant, she arranges an emergency meeting with the show’s producers: Do they sneak Essie out of the country for an abortion? Do they pass ...