Title: This Star Won’t Go Out: The Life and Words of Esther Grace Earl
Authors: Esther Earl; John Green; Lori & Wayne Earl
Publisher: Dutton Books – an imprint of Penguin
Publication Date: January 1, 2014
Genres: Non-fiction – Memoir
Format: Purchased Hardcover
“This Star Won’t Go Out” by Esther Earl, with Lori and Wayne Earl, introduction by John Green, is a nonfiction teen novel about Esther, a teenager with thyroid cancer. In this book it contains her innermost thoughts, her life, diary entries, entries from her parents, siblings, doctors, and author, John Green.
This book was definitely one in which you could hear the voice of Esther, and that you could see how big of a heart she truly had. It was a great read as I was able to see inside her head about her cancer, about her day to day life, and everything else in between.
The book included photographs and colored pages, making the book itself engaging and visually appealing. I think this definitely helped to draw me into reading it and it was also helpful in determining the difference between Esther’s writings and her parents’.
The content of the books was, at many times, funny, but there were also serious moments. Yes, I cried like a baby at the end because, in case you didn’t know, Miss Esther died of her cancer in 2010. She was actually the inspiration for John Green’s book, “The Fault in Our Stars“.
Overall, this book was uplifting, heartwarming, sad, but all over good. I rate it 5/5 stars.
To see the organization made in Esther’s name, visit This Star Won’t Go Out Foundation.
Accompanying video: This Star Won’t Go Out by Esther Earl Review
If you read the book, let me know what you think about it in the comments!