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

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Gr 7 Up—This is the memoir of Esther Earl, a 16-year-old who suffered from terminal thyroid cancer that metastasized in her lungs. She was an inspiration for John Green's The Fault in Our Stars. Esther kept incredible notes from when she was 10 until her untimely passing at age 16. Her fears, wishes, anxieties are all revealed with incredible sincerity and depth. Esther was an amazing person and wanted everyone to share love. She wanted to be treated as a regular person, without "cancer perks." The audio version is so moving that some listeners may want to start over from the beginning as soon as they finish. Esther is unforgettable, and her voice will remain with you long after you finish the audiobook. Narrator Cristina Panifilio sounds like a teen and ably conveys Esther's struggles as she puts her deepest fears down on paper. Lori and Wayne Earl, Esther's parents, also narrate parts of the book. Both kept diaries as well, and their feelings of helplessness and compassion come through. The audio also includes the actual eulogy delivered by Wayne and comments by Esther's siblings after she died. Their sincerity and love shine through. This very witty, moving, and emotional work would be an excellent choice for anyone who needs help dealing with loss.—Ellen Frank, Jamaica High School, NY

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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)
  • Publication Date: January 28, 2014
  • Sold by: Penguin Group (USA) LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00DGZL22G
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Not Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #64,541 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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70 of 73 people found the following review helpful By Amy Y. TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 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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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By drbrydges on 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 By Brian Allyn on 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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