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This Star Won't Go Out: The Life and Words of Esther Grace Earl Hardcover – Unabridged, January 28, 2014
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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
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
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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
awesome young lady now...
reasons I loved this book was the fact that Esther Grace Earl is a real person, therefore cancels out almost all possibility that she would be a Cancer Kid, a lifeless figure made of his/her disease that many authors fall back on while creating (or attempting to create) a meaningful story that turns into another Cancer Book. But if Esther Grace Earl was anything, she was not a Cancer Kid. She was YouTube Esther, Gone Too Soon Esther, Funny Esther, and she was Esther that had to deal with unspeakable hardship too early on. An Esther Grace Earl that should have gotten more years. More infinite days. And this book is a Striking Reminder that there is an infinity of Should Have Gotten Mores out there. Esther Grace Earl is only one of them. And even though she didn't live as long as this artsy, cat loving, amazing girl should have lived, this star, the star of Esther Grace Earl, will not go out.