A collection of the journals, fiction, letters, and sketches of the late Esther Grace Earl, who passed away in 2010 at the age of 16.

This is me and my twin brother, Ori. Like most things in life, having a twin has both disadvantages and advantages. Two minutes after I was born, I received an instant life partner. I almost never had to go somewhere alone, and when my family moved I always knew someone at school. But, those things made me a bit unapproachable, and it was also a bit tiresome to be with the same person all day, every day.This caused us to bicker and fight without cease for many years, and even though we lived together, I couldn’t have said we were close.

I don’t know exactly what happened, or when something changed, but around the time we started seventh grade, which for us meant going to high school, the distance between us slowly got smaller and smaller. Even though we had known each other practically during our whole existence, I had just discovered Ori. I learned more about him in the past two years than I have in the twelve before that: he’s a superb baker; he is really funny, and I know people say this about everyone, but Ori is more than your average class clown, he can make everyone laugh like crazy; he likes to watch or read series and discuss them; and, he has a thing for cats.

 It is still sometimes a bother to spend nearly all of my time in the same building with him, but now we have a great relationship. Having a sibling is not the same as having a friend, and usually when you are young you don’t have that much in common with them because of the age difference. But, I have tons to talk and do with Ori, and the fun never has to end, because we reside in the same house. I am so grateful to have such an amazing twin.

I love you so much Ori! You have no idea what you mean to me!

To my best friend,

Every friend I’ve ever had has left me behind after exactly eleven months. Except for you. I’ve been blessed enough to have you in my life for a long time now, and the day we met is one of the best days of my life. Thank you for listening to me when nobody else would. Thank you for being there when I was at my loneliest. Thank you for letting me cry on your shoulder when I felt like I was going to drown in my tears. Thank you for helping me to smile in the face of failure, of loss, and of extreme, heart-wrenching grief. I love you, little sister.

thehpalliance:

This image is not for Rita Skeeter’s benefit.
Rita Skeeter doesn’t get it. Love doesn’t have to be a tabloid headline. Love doesn’t even have to be romantic. 
In Harry Potter, platonic love saves the wizarding world. Mothers put their lives on the line. Teachers protect their students at all costs. Friends live and die for friends.
Harry loves Hermione. Hermione loves Harry. Their friendship is powerful. Their friendship is important. Their friendship is not scandalous.
It doesn’t have to be.
On Esther Day, we celebrate family, friendship, and love. Learn more and join us as we count down to August 3rd.

Esther Day is August 3. Don’t forget, you can submit a message of love right here. 

thehpalliance:

This image is not for Rita Skeeter’s benefit.

Rita Skeeter doesn’t get it. Love doesn’t have to be a tabloid headline. Love doesn’t even have to be romantic. 

In Harry Potter, platonic love saves the wizarding world. Mothers put their lives on the line. Teachers protect their students at all costs. Friends live and die for friends.

Harry loves Hermione. Hermione loves Harry. Their friendship is powerful. Their friendship is important. Their friendship is not scandalous.

It doesn’t have to be.

On Esther Day, we celebrate family, friendship, and love. Learn more and join us as we count down to August 3rd.

Esther Day is August 3. Don’t forget, you can submit a message of love right here

“The Fault in Our Stars” is at its core a love story between two teenagers. My sister never got to have a relationship like that. She got to experience just a few weeks of being 16. Witnessing a life and a romance she could have had made me feel unbearably sad and yet, oddly, uplifted. It’s as if, through Hazel, my sister is able to continue having new experiences. As if she got a sequel.

Evangeline Earl, Esther’s older sister, in her beautiful op-ed in the Washington Post

TO EVERYONE

THANK YOU FOR BEING NERDFIGHTERS AND DECREASING WORLD SUCK!

I LOVE YOU GUYS so much on here and what you’re doing - incredible!  

THANK YOU AND I LOVE YOU TO ALL THE FANDOMS!

To my best friend Liam. We’ve been though so much as friends. You’re the only person who knows how to make me feel better and how to make me laugh. We’ve been friends for almost five years and I’ve never told you how much you mean to me. You’re the best thing that has ever happened to me and I wouldn’t trade you for a million dollars. You mean the world to me and I don’t know what I would do without you. You’re my best friend and I love you so much. 

Mum ♥

I just wanted to thank my love for being cool, for loving me (wich is really hard sometimes ) and for giving me hope in every situation. I LOVE YOU MUM! ♥

"Maybe I’ll tell my mother at anger that I hate her. I sometimes do the same with my friends. But when my friends get angry at me, mom will always love me more than ever before, because she knows she’s actually my only star on the sky."

I love everything about you mother, mostly your flaws that you hate. I simply love them.

(Te rog sa il pui pe google traducere. )
te iubesc mult.

Meet Esther Earl!

This Star Won’t Go Out

my-patronus-is-a-star:

Being in Spain, the This Star Won’t Go Out copy I’ve just ordered will take more than a week to arrive, but I’m already dying to read it! The few quotes of Esther I’ve read have already inspired me so much, and, even though I know I’m going to cry non-stop when I read it -in fact, just reading the things the TSWGO website says has made me cry-, I just can’t wait.

Please please please arrive soon!

Found this ad floating around on the web!  Did you know that TSWGO’s audio version by Brilliance features Esther’s parents reading their own parts of the book? And John reading his intro?!

Found this ad floating around on the web!  Did you know that TSWGO’s audio version by Brilliance features Esther’s parents reading their own parts of the book? And John reading his intro?!

I made this video to vocalize my love and appreciation toward Esther Earl. I hope you will take the time to read and enjoy this book.

Such an amazing little girl, my daughter resembles Esther so much that when my Autumn showed me Esther’s picture it brought tears to my eyes. Blessings to her family, such an amazing story.

Thank you,
Monica

if you see me grinning from
my blue Volks
running a yellow light
driving straight into the sun
I will be locked in the
arms of a
crazy life

One For The Shoeshine Man
- Charles Bukowski