Teen Becomes Author after Dying of Cancer
Publish Date : Sunday 2 February 2014 - 12:17
Esther Earl, the teen who inspired John Green's 'The Fault in Our Stars,' is the author of the new book, 'This Star Won't Go Out.' She died in at 16 in 2010 of thyroid cancer.
According to USA Today, were it not for the Internet, novelist John Green might never have met and become friends with Esther Earl, who died of thyroid cancer at the age of 16.
But before she did, she inspired Green's best-selling 2012 novel aimed at teens, 'The Fault in Our Stars.'
Now, four years after her death, Esther's book, 'This Star Won't Go Out: The Life and Words of Esther Grace Earl' , compiled with her parents' help, is being published. Green wrote the introduction.
The 431-page book, built around Esther's diary, e-mails, blogs and videos, is the story of a bright and funny girl, diagnosed with cancer at 12, coming to terms with mortality.
But it's also the story of what her parents, Lori and Wayne Earl, both teachers at Quincy (Mass.) College, came to see as the brighter side of the Internet and how, at its best, it connects people.
They know that parents of teens worry, with good reason, about the Internet's dark side.
But Wayne, 55, who teaches philosophy and is an ordained Congregational minister, says, "We always trusted Esther who became kind of our guide to the Internet."
The book recalls how in 2009, Esther, tethered to an oxygen tank, met Green for the first time in real-life.