- Reading level: 12+ years
- Hardcover: 448 pages
- Publisher: Dutton Books for Young Readers (28 January 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0525426361
- ISBN-13: 978-0525426363
- Product Dimensions: 16.4 x 4 x 23.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #12,01,611 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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This Star Won't Go Out: The Life and Words of Esther Grace Earl Hardcover – 28 Jan 2014
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"Just so you can’t say we didn’t warn you, This Star Won’t Go Out will make you sob (unless you don’t have a soul). But it will also make you smile, as one of those rare books that will change the way you look at the world. The true story of Esther, a teen with cancer, this book is a compilation of her essays, short fiction, journal entries and family photos. You might not expect a 16-year-old with a terminal illness to be funny, but Esther is cleverly so while eschewing bitterness.
Author John Green got to know Esther after meeting her at a Harry Potter convention, and they formed a meaningful friendship. So meaningful, in fact, that he dedicated The Fault in Our Stars to her and wrote the foreword to this book. Just released, This Star Won’t Go Out is one book that will stick with you long after you finish it."
—Metro New York
About the Author
Wayne and Lori Earl are the parents of the late Esther Earl and founders of the nonprofit organization This Star Won’t Go Out (tswgo.org), whose mission it is to financially assist families struggling through the journey of a child living with cancer. To date, TSWGO has given away more than $130,000 to families in need.
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Everybody else, this is a book that makes you pause and be grateful for every little thing you get to be a part of, simply because you are alive.
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Along with writings from her journals and blog posts, and even some transcripts from her videos, there are also stories from the Catitude members who knew her best, her friends and family, other great people that got to know her like the DeGeorge brothers and Andrew Slack, and even her doctor. And yes, John Green writes the introduction and shares his memories of Esther, but that's really only a potential draw for those who only know about Esther through her inspiration on The Fault in Our Stars. The rest of us, the Nerdfighters and the potential Nerdfighters out there, are drawn to Esther. John may have introduced many of us to her, but she had a light that was all her own.
I am so happy that the Earls put this book together. That we get to read Esther's unfortunately unfinished fiction along with her diary entries is such a treat. She was an amazing writer and would have gone far, I think.
This Star Will Never Go Out!
Sadly, for Esther, and for too many children, help does not come soon enough. Esther died far too young, at the age of 16.
This book should be required reading in school, and for every adult. Esther, her parents, noted author John Green, and others tell not only of Esther's life, but of her efforts to make this world a better place. It brings home the need for better treatments for pediatric cancer, better funding (the US Government earmarks less than 4% for all childhood cancers combined).
This bittersweet story broke my heart. I cried so hard, I'd have to stop reading for my eyes were too full of tears to see. It made me so angry that a beautiful young lady, so thoughtful and incredible, had to lose her battle with cancer.
I will continue my work to raise funds in memory of Esther, and other children who have died from this monstrous disease.
You can help by visiting This Star Won't Go Out at http://tswgo.org/
My fundraising efforts can be found on St. Baldrick's page www.stbaldricks.org/participants/KristaTheBaldAvenger
I purchased the Kindle version for myself and a hardcover to send to my niece. That same day, I happened to catch a blurb about Amazon's whispersync and how it's Amazon's best kept secret, allowing readers to flip seamlessly between reading and listening to purchased books. I went back and sure enough, I was able to add whispersync to my purchase. I'm so glad I did. Listening to this book added an extra layer of texture - the narration was perfect, particularly the voice given to Esther by narrator Cristina Panfilio, and I loved that the other voices, for example her parents' were their own.
Any review or discussion of this book is probably best done in the format of a book club, because it's impossible to capture the many layers of awesomeness that this little girl gave to the world...But, I will say, that perhaps the scene that hangs in the back of my mind and stays with me the most, the scene has tugged at my heartstrings as a mom - is the scene in the airport, where 7 year old Esther, after lugging her suitcase through the airport and being scolded by her dad for being whiny, breaks down in the bathroom, leaves, and then returns to be embraced by her sister --the line that plays in my mind is that the embrace by her sister "felt so good." I loved that she let herself be held. In fact, I loved so much the relationships this little girl forged with her siblings and her parents, all so different, and all so real.
awesome young lady now...