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This Star Won't Go Out: The Life and Words of Esther Grace Earl [Kindle Edition]

Esther Earl , Lori Earl , Wayne Earl , John Green
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (175 customer reviews)

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Book Description

New York Times Bestseller!
 
“This moving read will have you reaching for the tissues and smiling with delight….Stunningly alive on the page, Esther shows that sometimes the true meaning of life—helping and loving others—can be found even when bravely facing death.” –People Magazine, 4 stars

In full color and illustrated with art and photographs, this is a collection of the journals, fiction, letters, and sketches of the late Esther Grace Earl, who passed away in 2010 at the age of 16. Essays by family and friends help to tell Esther’s story along with an introduction by award-winning author John Green who dedicated his #1 bestselling novel The Fault in Our Stars to her.

Learn more about Esther at tswgobook.tumblr.com.


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From School Library Journal

Gr 7 Up—Through letters, journal entries, blog posts, stories, poems, and drawings, readers get to know the life and times of Esther Grace Earl, the young woman to whom John Green dedicated The Fault in Our Stars (Penguin, 2012). Although she died from cancer in 2010 at only 16, Esther (known affectionately as "Star" by her family) was a prolific writer, a "nerdfighter," a "Harry Potter" enthusiast, and a deeply spiritual person. She inspired—and continues to inspire—several online communities and a dedicated Internet fan base. This unique title will be appreciated by fans of John Green and those looking for an uplifting and emotional tear-jerker.—Kiera Parrott, School Library Journal

From Booklist

Esther was 16 when she died from complications of thyroid cancer in 2010. By that time, she’d become a fixture among the Nerdfighters, a community dedicated to intellectualism and creativity, created by YA author John Green and his brother, composer Hank Green, via their popular YouTube channel, the Vlogbrothers. She loved Harry Potter–themed “wizard” rock music and Doctor Who, and she was part of Catitude, a group that ran the Project for Awesome, a Nerdfighter charity campaign. John Green dedicated The Fault in Our Stars (2012) to Esther, and in his introduction to this memoir, he notes that while he’s proud of Fault’s success, “the one person I most want to read it never will.” Featuring essays from friends, family, and doctors and curated by her parents, this collection—part autobiography, portfolio of her fiction and drawings, and photo album—is a touching eulogy, and it fulfills her dream to be an author. An intimate portrait of a vibrant, deeply engaged teen, this title reveals the power of the internet as a mode for connection, which comes through with each reproduced chat session and blog post. As the Nerdfighters say, rest in awesome, Esther. Grades 7-12. --Courtney Jones

Product Details

  • File Size: 23756 KB
  • Print Length: 445 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0141354038
  • Publisher: Dutton Books for Young Readers (January 28, 2014)
  • Sold by: Penguin Group (USA) LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00DGZL22G
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #73,864 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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69 of 72 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars WHEN I GROW UP: I want to be an author (p. 29) January 28, 2014
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
While Esther Grace Earl never did get to grow up, her family and friends did make her dream of becoming an author come true.

I have no idea how to review a book like this. I personally loved it. Yes, it was sad- but it was also full of joy and love. The book is a compilation of journal entries, posts, letters, pictures etc. from Esther, her friends and family as she deals with both living and dying from cancer. I was struck by how much love and admiration this young girl inspired in those around her. I think it is an amazing tribute that her family went on to make this book happen. And I love the idea that everyone who reads this book will contribute to Esther's wish to be an author 'someday'.

The book is filled with real stories from the daily life of a teenaged girl- some are sad, some are funny- it runs the entire range. It was easy to be drawn in and feel as if I were getting to know Esther myself.

There are some very sad, depressing parts of this story- for me, it was a real tearjerker but I couldn't put it down. This is not a novel and it does not read like one. This story is told in bits and pieces from many sources. It made me think alot about what would be left behind at the end of my life, how my story would read.

John Green (The Fault in Our Stars) writes a lovely introduction. Esther was very involved on the internet. Even though her physical world became somewhat limited due to her illness, she managed to expand virtually where she could not physically. She garnered a large and close-knit community of friends and support through the internet.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This book saved my life February 6, 2014
Format:Hardcover
I never ever (and I mean never EVER) write reviews for books on Amazon. I mean, there are so many people that write reviews for books that I just feel like they get lost in the vast abyss of book reviews, never to see the light of day or ever reach those who want an honest review of the book you just read. With that said, I shall now bring forth to you my very first Amazon book review. Bear with me, for I am about to embark on an unknown journey.

This book is beautiful. The way it is set up gives not only an impression of how Esther lived her life, but how her life affected those around her. Beginning with an extremely heart wrenching introduction by John Green (which literally caused me to sob in the book store I first found this book in), I was fascinated by how thoughtful and energetic Esther was throughout her life. I mean, regardless of the cancer taking its toll on her she never lost that spunky teenage beauty that we all remember and ponder on. She wrote beautiful letters, diary entries, and made wonderful YouTube videos which showed us that humanity and beauty are all around us.

Esther helped me realize that you have two choices: you can wallow in self pity and let yourself fade away, or you can go seek happiness wherever you are and understand that while life is not necessarily fair or understandable, we can make do with what we have, love all those who come into our lives, and provide happiness and compassion to those who need it. She was and still is a shining star. She didn't deserve to be taken away from us, but I believe that she accomplished so much in her short life that those accomplishments will echo onwards for decades to come. I had lost hope in my life before I found this book.
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book January 29, 2014
Format:Hardcover
This book is the story and experiences of Esther Earl, a girl that John knew and was a huge part of the online Nerdfighter community, who unfortunately died of cancer at just 16 in 2010. I can’t claim to have known her but her story is one that I think everyone in the community knows a little about and I just wanted to read her story in her own words, as well as from the viewpoint of the people around her.

I couldn’t review this book in the way I usually would because you cannot put a non-fiction real-life story into the same group as fiction, so this will be more of a discussion and a recommendation than a review.

From the beginning of this, I was in tears. John Green’s introduction was the most heart-warming yet devastating things that I have read. I always knew that there was a connection between Esther and The Fault in our Stars but reading this book really proved just how much Esther’s presence effected John and how her story is one that needs to be seen as complex and human, and how Hazel is not Esther, though without Esther, Hazel wouldn’t exist.

The book itself really captures the feeling of the book. Although it is sad, I like that the publisher decided on a bright cover and packaging for this book because it stops it feeling like a bleak depressing story. Of course, it is sad but the colourful pages, the inclusion of photographs, drawings and handwritten passages, make it a lot more approachable and real. Esther was a real person, a complex and unique individual and I think that this book really does reflect that and stops it being another cancer story.

One thing that was a little odd for me to read about was Esther’s faith.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful!
This was a Beautiful Memoir of an extraordinary life of a wise 16 year old that has touched so many lives. Read more
Published 1 day ago by Beedoggie
2.0 out of 5 stars Good for a Teenager to Read
If you're a teenager and not too cynical, you may like this a lot, hence two stars. As an adult reader, I did not. It's a compilation of mostly Esther's and parent diaries. Read more
Published 4 days ago by extra
5.0 out of 5 stars Got this for my 13 year old daughter, she ...
Got this for my 13 year old daughter, she loves it, reads it whenever she has time and she's not a big reader. Read more
Published 27 days ago by Stacy
5.0 out of 5 stars Bless you Esther Earl!
Her star will shine forever!
Published 28 days ago by Dwane
5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely memoir
Read this as the follow up to The fault in our Stars. This IS written by the real Esther Earl. She was delightful and a wise soul. So sad she is gone...
Published 1 month ago by Christie B. Cain
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved this book
Loved this book. I wish I had the chance to meet Esther Grace Earl, but if you read this book you will feel like you have known her, her whole short life. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Susan L. Prince
5.0 out of 5 stars The reader will fall in love with Esther
A thoughtfully put together book. The reader will fall in love with Esther, her energy, her imagination, her intellect and her love. Esther's star will never go out. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Homeschool Mom
4.0 out of 5 stars Good book but too long
This was a good book, I liked how Esther's journal entries and her parents Caring Bridge entries were incorporated together. Read more
Published 1 month ago by dtzblondie9
5.0 out of 5 stars It's a pretty standard life story that we all know how will ...
Don't read it if you look for mind blowing turn outs and all. It's a pretty standard life story that we all know how will end but it is a beautiful story, full of family and... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Camila
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
My Granddaughter LOVED this book.
Published 2 months ago by Texas Sue
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