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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 (107 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.

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Reviews for This Star Won't Go Out:

"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

Lori and Wayne Earl are the parents of the late Esther Earl and founders of the nonprofit organization This Star Won’t Go Out (, 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.

Product Details

  • File Size: 23756 KB
  • Print Length: 445 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0141354038
  • Publisher: Dutton Children's (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: #16,963 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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61 of 64 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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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book January 29, 2014
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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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars YOU WILL NOT BE PREPARED FOR THE EMOTIONS February 1, 2014
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This book is just wonderful. I really loved the way that it was set up and organized. It's so refreshing to read the story of such a beautiful-on-the-inside-and-outside person. I would be so proud if this were the story of my generation (Esther was born less than four months after me.

It's so hard not to read the date and remember what I was doing that day. Esther's perspective gives you so much joy that it hurts so much to read her write about her uncertainties and her pain. It has made me analyze myself and question who I want to be. Esther makes it all look so easy. She stands in the face of death and still continues to be a loving person who finds the joy in life when there is so much pain. Also, Esther writes very well, even as a young girl. Esther will live on forever in these words that her parents have collected and published.

Congratulations on becoming an author. Rest in awesome, Esther.

To everyone else, DFTBA.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Tribute To A Girl Full Of Life! May 22, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I always pride myself on giving honest reviews and this one, although difficult, will be no different.

Firstly, I don't think this would harm anyone to read this book, and for young teens especially I feel it could do them a great deal of good to learn how life has no forever promises.

I found Esther to be a normal, happy, very bubbly young girl; very full of life as most teens are. She was dealt an extremely cruel blow by dying of cancer at such a tender age, and that very fact broke my heart for her, her friends and family. No one, no matter what age should die of cancer, particularly one so young!

But as a literary book? No, for me this part didn't come together. It was extremely broken, disjointed, and difficult to read as much of it was normal teen chit chat that we all did when young. I also felt, and could be wrong, that the printing of this book was more to make a posthumous wish of Esther's come true. If that was the case, the gesture was a very beautiful one. However, I wish Esther had grown up and then written her book in her very own way. But that is the point. Esther was not given the chance.

Read the book. You will gain something from it, but don't have great expectations of mature literary prose. Look for the beauty of a teen growing up amidst absolute chaos of never knowing what will beset her next and the grace with which she handles it.

My review is for not only Esther and her family, but for every Mother, Father or family who have lost an Esther. There are far too many.

Hug the ones you love!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars love her story
this is written in a series of blog posts. love her story, love her.
Published 1 day ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Sad but beautiful
The book was well written for her age but some of what she wrote I truly couldn't get my head around but that could be because of my age. Read more
Published 6 days ago by LovelyCat4
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
What an amazing story and representation of Esther's life and the light she brought to SO many people!
Published 7 days ago by Bill
3.0 out of 5 stars Touching story!
It was a very touching story although hard to '
Get into it because of the real life article that she personally wrote
Published 8 days ago by Christina
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly recommended.
This star won't go out was a touching and moving biography of a young girl (Esther Earl) who dies of thyroid cancer. Read more
Published 8 days ago by Paula Wiktorowicz
5.0 out of 5 stars My sons loves this book and shares it with others.
My sons loves this book and shares it with others.
Published 8 days ago by Reviewer in VA
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome read
Beautiful. Esther Grace was an angel..her love for those around her will make you want to reach out,forgive,an love with everything you have..I give it 5stars
Published 10 days ago by Wendy Gallup
5.0 out of 5 stars Esther's Grace
The book is about the indomitable human spirit which is strengthened by love from family, friends. The book is the Bible's Job, Frank Capra's "It's a Wonderful Life" and Anne... Read more
Published 11 days ago by Benjamin Pimentel
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspiration for John Green--Fantastic Remembrance of a Young Girl
Heard about this at a library staff day--the publisher recommended it highly. I wasn't disappointed. Read more
Published 11 days ago by N. Quinby
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book
I bought it as a gift for a friend, and she loved it!
Published 11 days ago by Doc
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