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...

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Overview

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.

Learn more about Esther at tswgobook.tumblr.com.

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Sixteen-year-old Esther Grace Earl succumbed to cancer in 2010, but her star continues to beam light to others. Since then, she has inspired a charity organization, numerous events and online communities, and several books. In fact, John Green (who provides an introduction here) dedicated his 2011 bestselling novel The Fault in Our Stars to her memory. This collection of Esther's letters, journals, fiction, and sketches is supplemented with photos and essays by her parents and friends. An uplifting testimony to the power of life.

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04/01/2014
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
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781480585454
  • Publisher: Brilliance Audio
  • Publication date: 1/28/2014
  • Format: CD
  • Sales rank: 643,289
  • Age range: 12 - 14 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 5.60 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet 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 (tswgo.org), 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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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 5, 2014

    This Star Won¿t Go Out, a book about the life of a girl with thy

    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. 

    14 out of 16 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 28, 2014

    Read this book, its beautiful and incredible and John wants you

    Read this book, its beautiful and incredible and John wants you to!
    DFTBA

    7 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 13, 2014

    @supposed to be great

    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! :)

    6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 30, 2014

    Amazing

    DFTBA <3 Rest in awesome, esther.

    6 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 28, 2014

    Awesome

    This. Book. Is. Amazing. And beautiful. And freaking awesome.

    6 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 29, 2014

    The life and words of Esther Grace Earl

    I love this book!

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 14, 2014

    Hi Everyone, I just finished reading This Star Won't Go Out las

    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!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 12, 2014

    AMAZING!!!!

    I love this book! It is amazing! It is sort of sad though. I couldn't put it down! I highly recommend it!
    -Amy :)

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 4, 2014

    Amazing

    Amazing book. DFTBA

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 5, 2014

    What is it about

    Looks really good

    1 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 25, 2014

    Taylor

    Mia this is our emergency book......

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 22, 2014

    Amazing

    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+

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  • Posted July 28, 2014

    This book is a collection of Esther Earl's journal entries, her

    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 &quot;bad&quot; 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 &quot;I just don't see what is so remarkable about Esther.&quot; 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, &quot;Sixteen-year-old runs marathon for her dad, who passed away due to ________&quot; and I always said to myself, &quot;I ran a marathon when I was fifteen. Where's my article?&quot; 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 &quot;top people&quot;. 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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 9, 2014

    Free pink ipad

    Kiss your hands three times then post this on three different reveiws tgen look ynder your pillow

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 16, 2014

    This star won't go our!

    Oh esther.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 29, 2014

    Free pink iPad

    Kiss your hands three times post this on three different reviews and look under your pillow.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 13, 2014

    Good book, but get it in print.

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 6, 2014

    Hola me llamo alicia

    Como te llamas de donde eres?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 19, 2014

    French the llama

    I really want this but i will probably get it in hardcover i saw it in a bookstore

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 27, 2014

    If you read this book, you will see another example of someone w

    If you read this book, you will see another example of someone who was beautifully flawed

    Rest in Awesome, Esther Earl

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