This Star Won't Go Out
By Esther Earl; with Lori and Wayne Earl
Dutton Books. 2014. 431 pgs. Biography
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.
As someone who enjoyed The Fault in Our Stars, I was intrigued when I saw this biography of Esther, whose life was the inspiration behind the novel. I was not disappointed. Esther was smart and insightful and her tidbits of wisdom are scattered throughout her correspondences and journal entries. The length may seem daunting, but the pages are not densely packed and the reading is quick.