Have you read The Fault in Our Stars? Do you want to get to know the real-life inspiration of John Green's Hazel Grace? Then get in line to read This Star Won't Go Out by Esther Earl, with Lori and Wayne Earl.
Esther Grace, while similar in name and tenacity to Hazel Grace, tells her own story through her journal entries, correspondence, images, and experiences. John Green says, "[The Fault in Our Stars] is not about her. When the book was published, lots of reporters wanted me to talk about Esther; they wanted to know if my book was 'based on a true story.' I never really knew how to deal with these questions, and I still don't because the truth (as always) is complicated. Esther inspired the story in the sense that my anger after her death pushed me to write constantly. She helped me to imagine teenagers as more empathetic than I'd given them credit for, and her charm and snark inspired the novel, too, but the character of Hazel is very different from Esther, and Hazel's story is not Esther's. Esther's story belonged to her, and fortunately for us she was an extraordinary writer, who in these pages tells that story beautifully." (from the introduction of This Star Won't Go Out.)
Learn about living with cancer as a teen and help bring awareness to an illness that strikes far too many people. On August 3rd, celebrate Esther Day, a day that "has become a holiday that reminds us to verbalize our love for friends and family, the important people in our lives who we might not remember to say 'I love you' to very often."
To learn even more about Esther and her family, and to learn about This Star Won't Go Out Foundation, please visit the website.