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

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


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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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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780525426363
Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date: 01/28/2014
Pages: 448
Sales rank: 469,985
Product dimensions: 6.40(w) x 9.25(h) x 1.50(d)
Lexile: 960L (what's this?)
Age Range: 12 - 17 Years

About the Author

Wayne and Lori 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.

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From the Publisher

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

Customer Reviews

This Star Won't Go Out: The Life and Words of Esther Grace Earl 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 37 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This Star Won’t Go Out, a book about the life of a girl with thyroid cancer, is an inspiration to all who read it. Esther Earl, first diagnosed at the age of twelve, spent her time on earth wanting to make a difference. Along with achieving this dream on a larger scale, Esther was able to help fill the world with love and compassion. Prevalent themes throughout Esther’s story, aside from the obvious cancer aspect, are love and the want to have a significant impact on the world. This book kept you on your toes as you read, transitioning between journal entries, letters, drawings, pictures, and various dialogues from online. Combining all of these elements created a timeline of Esther’s life, but can get annoying if you’re hoping for a consistent read. I particularly enjoyed Esther’s journal entries and letters, the areas where she would speak her mind, as well as the photos that allow the reader to see that this really was just a normal teenage girl, cursed with the misfortune of cancer. Fans of The Fault in Our Stars (dedicated to Esther), Vlogbrothers, or the Harry Potter Alliance are prime candidates for this book. Esther shared a love for all things nerdy, something that many potential readers can connect with throughout the book. Upon achieving minor fame via the internet (thanks to John Green), many idolized the teenage girl with cancer, but her journal entries reveal that Esther considered her life rather dull, sleeping in till 7pm, mainly just leaving home for the hospital. For this reason, Esther’s story will hopefully not make it to the big screen like the upcoming Fault in Our Stars movie. Adapting her life to film would result in glorification, creating a story far less truthful than the reality. In reality dying is never pleasant, and those who are uneasy reading about the side effects of dying would be wise to search for a different book to read. This book easily deserves five stars, and would recommend it to anyone that wasn’t quite ready to hear the last from Esther Earl. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Buy it in hardback. This book cones alive in part with Esther's doodles and photographs, things that an ebook can't do nearly as well. This is such a beautiful book, it deserves to be read off of thinly sliced trees, just like in the "olden days". ;) Hope this helped! :)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Read this book, its beautiful and incredible and John wants you to! DFTBA
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This. Book. Is. Amazing. And beautiful. And freaking awesome.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This a collection of Esther Earls diay while she was sick with Thyroid Cancer. Introduction by award wining author John Green this book tells a story of a regular girl in a very scary situation. "Just be happy, am if you cant be happy do thing that make you happy, or do nothing with the people who make you happy" -Esther Earl For ages 10+
Kindygirl More than 1 year ago
Hi Everyone, I just finished reading This Star Won't Go Out last night and I thought it was absolutely wonderful. What an inspiration. It is uniquely written and beautifully illustrated by Ester herself. Loved it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book so far
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Dear Esther, Hey, Star. I never met you, but after reading this book many times, i feel like i have known you my whole life. You are SOOO inspirational, and you lived a wonderful, yet short, life. You taught me to face each problem with a smile on my face and to know that things will get better. Most of all, thought, you taught me to LOVE, which is something that you did very well. Rest in Awesome, Esther! Ps. DFTBA!
Chancie More than 1 year ago
By the end of this book, you will feel like Esther Earl is your own friend. It's truthful, playful, heartbreaking, and inspiring all at once. There is more filler content in it than I feel is necessary, but it's all right.
skybluepink More than 1 year ago
Ester Grace Earl is the person that the book The Fault in our Stars was inspired by. The author of that book John Green is very quick to tell you though that the book is NOT based on her, just inspired. This book is about Ester and her fight with thyroid cancer. She was only 14 when she was diagnosed and lived to be 16. In this book we see entries from her journal she kept, letters to family members, and messages from her Caring Bridge Page. We also see stories her family/friends have added about her. Ester wanted to help others and one day have something published. She loved to draw and write. Her dream came true after her death. Ester had a lot of online friends since she was unable to spend a lot of time with people in person. These friends are more like family and are still healing from the loss of Ester. Ester was such a strong and mature teenager. I know someone that is an adult with cancer and is not handling it anywhere near the way Ester handled hers. She was mature and wise well beyond her years. This book is a pure testament that we have no idea how much we affect other people. Everyone loved Ester and miss her greatly. We can all learn to be there for others the way Ester was for strangers and friends alike.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The girl on the cover, Ester, looks a lot like dana from the tv show the goldbergs.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wow... just wow.. I feel so lucky when I read this book. R.I.P Esther!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was awesome and inspiring to me if u ever want a god book to read this is your book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is the most amazing book I have ever read in my life. Esther stayed brave in the face of death, and for that, she is one of the bravest people I have heard of yet. RIP Esther. And to every single child out there with cancer, just know that I care. You are all amazing.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is so amazing, i literlly cry every time i think about it. In fact i'm crying right now
ashleyjellison More than 1 year ago
This book is a collection of Esther Earl's journal entries, her parents' blog entries, and basically anything that has to do with Esther.      Esther has a way of writing that is very moving. She writes about her life, but she doesn't blur the edges. Everything she says is how it happened; it's real. She herself is real. She got drunk. She wants to have some sort of relationship with a guy. She kept secrets from her parents. And all those things are included. They aren't omitted because it would make Esther seem like a "bad" daughter. Instead, they are there and present and show how relate-able she is.      Esther changed so many lives and the book explains that. Everything she has done, or inspired people to do is there and it is amazing to read about. Think about your favorite person who has a biography that is just somewhat fascinating. Now up the interesting tidbits by about two hundred percent and you have TSWGO.      I loved reading the chats and conversations Esther had with her friends in their online group, Catitude. I loved seeing how the friendships grew so strong so that nothing could break them. This book probed even the deepest bonds between people and exposed them to the world (that sounds awful, but trust me, it turned out great).      The book explains how Esther loved so wholly and deeply. Everyone who knew her mentions that at some point when they wrote. She seems like someone I would have loved to meet.      Other side. Yes, I have read some of the reviews that say "I just don't see what is so remarkable about Esther." And I understand where you are coming from, even if I do not agree in this particular case, because, wow, this girl did so much in her life, just by living. She inspired so many and she wanted to help as much as she could and more. But, I get what you reviewers are saying. I used to read magazine articles saying, "Sixteen-year-old runs marathon for her dad, who passed away due to ________" and I always said to myself, "I ran a marathon when I was fifteen. Where's my article?" But the fact remains that you have to blow on the flame a bit. You have to be good enough at what you do to inspire someone who has influence. Which Esther did. Both by making her own YouTube videos and by meeting John Green, Andrew Slack, Paul deGeorge, and many more. She was so good at loving and encouraging and living that she inspired some "top people". Therefore, she is known. If you want to be known for something, get out into the world and do something. Something inspirational, preferably. Robbing a bank will not get you millions of fans. Hopefully.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Oh esther.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a really good book that is a true story. This book inspired John green to write the fault in our stars. But in the print book there are hand writen notes and doodles that don't show up very well on the nook. Also if you have the nook simple touch the color pictures are in black and white.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really want this but i will probably get it in hardcover i saw it in a bookstore
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this book! It is amazing! It is sort of sad though. I couldn't put it down! I highly recommend it! -Amy :)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you read this book, you will see another example of someone who was beautifully flawed Rest in Awesome, Esther Earl
Anonymous More than 1 year ago