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This Star Won't Go Out: The Life and Words of Esther Grace Earl (utgåvan 2014)

av Esther Earl (Författare)

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"A memoir told through the journals, letters, and stories of young cancer patient Esther Earl."--
Medlem:BookishPhoenix21
Titel:This Star Won't Go Out: The Life and Words of Esther Grace Earl
Författare:Esther Earl (Författare)
Info:Dutton Books for Young Readers (2014), Edition: Illustrated, 448 pages
Samlingar:read, tan bookshelf, Ditt bibliotek
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This Star Won't Go Out: The Life and Words of Esther Grace Earl av Esther Earl

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A lot of people are really, really missing the point of this book. And that's an absolute shame. So let me set something straight here, because these overly positive reviews and these overly negative reviews are making me quite irate.

You're not supposed to read this book because Esther was some sort of god-child who loved all whom she crossed paths with, or parted oceans, or whatever.

You're not supposed to read this book because she "is" Green's Hazel.

You're not supposed to read this book because you pity Esther Earl.

You're not supposed to read this book because it's "brilliantly written" (let me tell you right off the bat - it's not).

This book is the documentation of a girl's life. A life that was tragically cut short. That is this books *entire purpose for being*. When you hold this book, you are holding somebody's life in your hands. I'm not saying that metaphorically. I'm saying that literally. And as the pages tick down, closer and closer to the spine, you're seeing the end of that life. This is what makes this book brilliant. Esther wasn't an amazing writer - she certainly had the seeds of becoming one, as seen in her short fiction stories at the end of the book, but you need to remember that she was practically a kid at the end of her life. Esther's story is, sadly enough, not so different from those of other children afflicted with terminal cancer.

But what sets Esther apart from other kids is that this book is, quite simply, her.

Look at your copy of TSWGO. You are literally holding Esther's life in your hands. Her memory continues because of your purchase or your rental. I know that it sounds like I'm repeating myself, and that's because I am. I need to drive this point into your head like a nail. Understand. Drink this in.

All of her childhood drawings, all of her innermost thoughts, this book is a raw, emotional journey through the life of a girl stricken with a terrible sickness. You can't get much more real than reality. This is the heart of the book. This is what makes the book worth reading.

Did TSWGO probably help TFIOS' sales? Probably. Does that mean John Green didn't legitimately care about Esther? God, no. I want to dispel that too, as I seem to be encountering this line of thought in the reviews. That is such a toxic way of thinking that it almost makes me sick.

"Yeah, but if she didn't meet John Green, this book would have never been published." And? What is your point? Does that somehow make this book any less poignant? Because it was backed by money?

I realize that this review has been me loosely rambling about the reviews of this book more than the book itself, and for that, I apologize. All I can really say is that it is a grave mistake to go into this book with pessimism, martyrism, or just plain doubt. You're not going to get a literary masterpiece, but you're going to get something very coarse and real, something that I think a lot of people would benefit from reading. ( )
  Dendy | Jan 20, 2021 |
This book was heart breakingly beautiful. I cried near the end. ( )
  Teri_O | Nov 11, 2020 |
I had been wanting to read this book for a long time. Not that I have much of a connection to Esther, but because I have a connect to John Green. I read some reviews and they are very mixed. I have mixed feelings as well.

I do agree that if not for John Green, no one would care. I honestly would not have picked up this book and read it if he had no part in it. That’s awful to say but it is incredibly true.

My heart does break when children die of disease and cancers. They are too innocent and young to deserve such pain. But this book doesn’t show me or any other reader anything new or different. They are just journal entries. Journal entries and bible quotes and website updates. Nothing so deserving of a book so large it makes my arm fall asleep while I read it. It’s all relatively generic.

I’m not completely heartless in the fact that I do feel for the family. It’s heartbreaking. I get it. I don’t know what I expected, but it was more then what I got.
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  Shahnareads | Oct 22, 2019 |
The story, This Star Won't Go Out, is about a girl named Esther Grace Earl who gets diagnosed with Thyroid cancer at the age of 12. In the book, it explains what it is like living with cancer. The author has taken Esther's diary and made it into a book so that people can see how she felt and dealt with living with this condition. Throughout the book, there are pictures and diary entries and sometimes her parents would say a little something too. As said by the words of Esther and her family, they had to deal with big transitions once she got cancer. They were limited on many things, such as going places and doing things. Doing simple things often took more work than normal. After dealing with cancer for many years, Esther Grace Earl sadly passed away in 2010 at the age of 16. The doctors tried for many years to help Esther get well, but her condition took over. The family was at a loss, but will always remember her.

In my opinion, the book was really well written, even though most of it was a diary of a young girl. The book was very detailed about what everyone was going through. I really enjoyed reading her diary and getting to see how a girl at that age dealing with such a thing was thinking. One thing I didn't like was that there were some boring reviews of other people talking about Esther. I feel like that really wasn't necessary to be placed in the book. The reviews could've been added at the end. Overall, it was a good book and definitely for someone into non-fiction stories. ( )
  AleynaG.G1 | Oct 23, 2018 |
I'll try to keep this simple, since those that LOVE!!! this book and LOVE!!!, The Fault in Our Stars, will be totally clueless about why everyone else doesn't LOVE!!! this book. Despite the credit being given to Esther Earl for this book, it is clearly packaged and enhanced by others. Yes, the nominal author was a gifted, attractive, personable, white girl with a particularly supportive family and an incurable disease. She was also much more "normal" than those people who have canonized would possibly concede. It's really too bad a "normal" person can't be appreciated for just being another human being. That should be enough...even without dying young. ( )
  larryerick | Apr 26, 2018 |
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