This Star Won’t Go Out Book Review

This Star Wont Go Out


Title: This Star Won’t Go Out

Author: Esther Earl

Genre: Non Fiction/Young Adult

Publisher: Dutton Books for Young Readers

Release Date: January 28, 2014

Pages: 448

Format: E Book

Source: I own it

Buy Links: Amazon / Barnes & Noble 


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

My Review:

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.

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