This Star Won’t Go Out
by Esther Earl
Diagnosed with thyroid cancer at the age of twelve, Esther (Persian for ‘Star’) Earl was an exceptionally bright and talented – but very normal – teenager.
She lived a hope-filled and generous, outwardly focused life as she navigated her physical decline with grace. A cheerful, positive and encouraging daughter, sister and friend, Esther died in 2010, shortly after turning sixteen, but not before inspiring thousands through her growing online presence.
This unique memoir collects Esther’s journals, fiction, letters and sketches. Photographs and essays by family and friends help to tell Esther’s story, along with an introduction by award-winning author John Green, who dedicated his international bestseller The Fault in Our Stars to her.
‘Just be happy, and if you can’t be happy, do things that make you happy. Or do nothing with the people that make you happy.’ – Esther Earl
Her life was her book. She didn’t get to choose the ending, but the way she filled the pages makes her story irresistable. Sharing our Star – our amazing burst of sunshine – is a way of spreading the light. We are so grateful that she graced our lives, if only for a short time.
Through reading the words of this young author, we hope that others will be inspired and changed for the good, as we have been.
– John Green, author of The Fault in our Stars
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Andrew Cattanach is a regular contributor to The Booktopia Blog. He has been shortlisted for The Age Short Story Prize and was named a finalist for the 2015 Young Bookseller of the Year Award. He enjoys reading, writing and sleeping, though finds it difficult to do them all at once.
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