I am a Nerdfighter. According to my
personal definition, this means is that I am a fan of the works of Hank and
John Green and their associates. I believe in decreasing levels of ‘world suck’and encouraging intellectualism,
creativity and general awesomeness. The
Green brothers have been a large part of Youtube culture since 2007. I started
watching their videos in the summer of 2013 and
got through all 6 years worth in about four months.
That is how I became familiar with the
story of Esther Earl. Esther was a
sixteen year old Nerdfighter. She met John at a Harry Potter convention in
Boston and the two became friends. She
also happened to be battling cancer.
Their friendship inspired John to write his number one best-seller The
Fault in Our Stars. Green makes it very
clear however that TFIOS is not Esther’s story.
This book is Esther’s story. Compiled by her parents Lori
and Wayne Earl, This Star Won’t Go Out is a scrapbook style
biography of the young author. It
includes drawings, letters and works in progress from Esther’s archives. They are pieced together with the necessary
narration from her parents, doctors and friends. Green writes an introduction
that is so heartfelt and truthful I wasn’t sure if I was going to be able to
finish the rest of the book due to the emotions it stirred.
I did, and I’m glad I did. Esther’s story is one that most of us can
relate to. She sought solace from the stress of her daily life with her
internet friends. She knew she wanted to create, to write, and experimented
with different styles. She felt at moments blessed with her life and at others
stressed and angry that it wasn’t fair. The book is extremely personal and by making
it so, very universal.
You can find This Star Won’t Go Out at most major booksellers. A
portion of the proceeds go to the
foundation of the same name started in Esther’s memory to help children and families dealing with
Courtney Lockhart lives in the west end of Ottawa with her husband and step-cat. She is polishing her skills to pursue one of her dream careers as either a costume drama character, Torchwood operative or executive assistant to a billionaire vigilante. You can follow her daily mission to DFTBA on Twitter@corastacy.