This Star Won't Go Out 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. Photographs and essays by family and friends will 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.
I read this book over the course of this year. It's one of those books that takes time to read and digest. I don't usually read non-fiction books so this is really a first for me. Anyway, here's some of my thoughts on this book.
This book, of course, tells the short life of Esther Earl through her own words and through her family and friends. Esther's parts were simply the thoughts of a girl struggling with cancer and working around her limitations to live her life. Esther was quite limited, due to her cancer, but I think, as cliché as it sounds, she made the most of what she had. The other parts, especially her parents, felt almost like a love letter to Esther. You can really tell how much they love their daughter and how much they miss her.
This book deals a lot with cancer. Esther is shown both as a normal person who happened to have cancer and a Saint. The reader sees Esther through her own eyes and through her parents. I like that the book had both. It just shows how much perspective changes things.
I think this book shows a lot about online friendships and how much these friends can help someone, even though they are a far away. A lot of the time online friends are discredited simply because you've never me them online. This really spoke to me as I met one of my closest friends online.
Overall, This Star Won't Go Out is a story about living with and dying from cancer and making the best of the time that is given.
Anjulie Te Pohe
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