Got a package from Merica!!! How cool is this!!!
This is for you, Esther! love love love :)
By the time Esther Grace Earl died from thyroid cancer at age 16, she had touched an online community with her video blog, documenting her hopes and fears. She also inspired bestselling young adult author John Green’s novel “The Fault in Our Stars." A movie based on the book came out on Friday.
Esther’s parents, Lori and Wayne Earl, saw the new movie and think it captured Esther’s message. Wayne Earl says:
"I was with Esther when we thought we were gonna lose her, and I remember being in the hospital and thinking, you know, she’s bleeding from the lungs and she’s gonna die, and the nurses don’t seem to be overwhelmed by this, and I’m sobbing, and I’m with Esther, and she told me, ‘Daddy, I don’t want you to be sad, you know, when I die.’ And I said, ‘I can’t promise that. She said, ‘But you’ve got to promise me you’re gonna go on.’ I said, ‘I absolutely will, because you’ve modeled that for me.’ You know, you see that portrayed, and I just — you know, all she ever wanted to do was make a difference and have a boyfriend and kiss him without poisoning him with the chemo. She just wanted to love somebody, and I think the message of the movie and the book and her life are the same: that if you have one person to love, if one person loves you, then that’s got to be enough."
My school is having a “book fair” today, where some students have made boards with books they recommend, while the rest if the school comes through and looks at the boards. Of course, what better book could I recommend than TSWGO?
Students were encouraged to write down books they may be interested in reading this summer, and quite a few have already written down TSWGO, and there’s still one more grade that has to come through yet after lunch.
And of course they set me up next to a board for TFIOS, and I’ve had a lot of fun talking with them between the waves of people coming through. None of them had ever heard about Esther before except maybe in a snippet of an interview with John, so it’s been amazing to be able to share her story with them as well as all of the people who have walked through so far.
Not only has This Star Not Gone Out, it’s only going to continue to grow brighter. Esther’s love lives on through her story, and it DOES live on.
Rest in awesome, Esther, and DFTBA.
finally bought my copy of “this star won’t go out: the life and words of esther grace earl”. i’ve been meaning to buy it for months now and kept waiting til i had the money (and this time never really came but i still bought it anyway). if you don’t know esther or her story, i strongly encourage you to learn more about her book
My mom and I went to see TFIOS opening day, we cried like babies. Here’s our project for Esther photo with the two of us.