28 May 2014
This Star Won't Go Out
Earl, Esther. This Star Won't Go Out: The Life and Words of Esther Grace Earl. Dutton Juvenile, 2014.
With the movie based on John Green's novel The Fault in Our Stars coming out this year, it's appropriate that a collection of the writings of the girl to whom the book was dedicated would be published. This book would be very popular among my students if I were able to purchase a copy.
Unlike other memoirs of terminally ill children, I didn't actually enjoy this book much. The book truly is a scrapbook collection of photos and writings by Esther, rather than a memoir by her parents or loved ones of her progression through the disease. It's a good book, but it didn't hold my attention the way other memoirs have.
Recommended for: teens
Red Flags: none
Overall Rating: 4/5 stars