Sunday, February 9, 2014

THIS STAR WON'T GO OUT by Esther Earl with Lori and Wayne Earl

This Star Won't Go Out: The Life and Words of Esther Grace EarlAuthor John Green mentioned this book on his Facebook page and being a huge fan of THE FAULT IN OUR STARS, as well as his other books, I knew I had to read it.  John Green provided the introduction in the book, and it absolutely touched my heart.

Esther Earl was diagnosed with thyroid cancer at the age of twelve.  This is a rare type of cancer for a child.  With the help of her parents and her four siblings, she fought a hard fight, but she eventually lost that battle at age sixteen.

Esther was a dedicated nerdfighter which explains her connection to John Green.  They met at a conference for Harry Potter fans and immediately hit it off.  Esther was an aspiring writer and had a huge online presence through online journals, chat rooms, and websites.  Her courageous battle was witnessed by her online friends some of whom she eventual met IRL (in real life).

THIS STAR WON'T GO OUT is a collection of Esther's journal, letters, conversations, and sketches, as well as diary entries from her parents.  Friends, doctors, and others also contributed pieces that reflect on their relationships with this dynamic, brave young girl.  It is a touching and inspiring reading experience.

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