Me and Earl and the Dying Girl by Jesse Andrews
This winner of the 2012 Cybil Award for Young-Adult Fiction and the 2013 Westchester Fiction Award is about Greg Gaines, a socially invisible senior who only has one friend, Earl. Greg and Earl spend their time playing video games and making their own movies. Then Greg’s mother forces him to befriend Rachel, who has leukemia. However, when Rachel decides to stop her treatment, Greg and Earl must give up their invisible status and make a stand.
The Probability of Miracles by Windy Wunder
Sixteen-year-old Cam Cooper has spent the last seven years in and out of hospitals, but her mother and half-sister won’t accept that Cam’s cancer is terminal. So they decide to move 1,500 miles away to Promise, Maine, a town known for the miraculous events that occur there. Cam wants none of it, but she can’t deny the strange things that happen in Promise. I’d tell you more, but I don’t want to give anything away.
As you may know The Fault in our Stars was dedicated to Esther Earl, a sixteen-year-old girl who passed away from cancer in 2010. Today, the book This Star Won’t Go Out: The Life and Words of Esther Grace Earl has been released. This book is a collection of journals, fiction, letters and sketches of the late Ester Grace Earl. If you are looking for other non-fiction titles like This Star Won’t Go Out, here are a couple you might want to check out.
Poster Child: A Memior by Emily Rapp
Emily Rapp was born with a congenital defect that required her to have her left foot amputated at the age of four. She also became the smiling, indefatigable poster child for the March of Dimes, spending her childhood traveling around the country making appearances and giving pep talks. Emily writes about her trouble finding artificial legs that can keep up with her activity level and how her disability has impacted her entire life.
Autobiography of a Face by Lucy Grealy
At age nine, Lucy Grealy was diagnosed with a potentially terminal cancer. After a surgery in which doctors removed a third of her jaw, she returned to school to face the cruel taunts of her classmates. She writes movingly about what it’s like to want to be loved for who you are and at the same time desperately wanting to be perfect, a contradiction everyone will be able to relate to.
You might also check out This Star Won’t Go Out: The Life and Words of Esther Grace Earl, out at the end of January; John Green dedicated TFIOS to Esther Grace, who died at the age of 16 from cancer. As always, Don’t forget to join the HPB Book Club in reading The Fault in our Stars this month, and be on the look out for the movie, scheduled to be released this June.