“Regine’s Book: A teen girl’s last words” by Regine Stokee

ARC (Advance Reading Copy). First published in 2010 in Norway. Translated into English for this American edition to be published October 23, 2012. Zest Books (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt). 323 pp.

Regine was 17 years old when she was diagnosed with a very aggressive form of Leukemia in 2008. Throughout her struggles with chemo treatments, blood transfusions, a bone marrow transplant, debilitating pain, hair loss, numerous hospital stays and more, she managed to keep writing in her blog. Her entries carefully explained her diagnosis, treatment plans, and detailed the difficulties of living with a life threatening disease. Along with her struggles, she also wrote of her triumphs, hopes and dreams, with her entries running the range of emotions. Regine was also an artist, photographer and poetess, and interspersed these artistic offerings into her blog.

Despite her best efforts to live, Regine passed away at the age of 18 in 2009. One of her last wishes was for her blog to be made into a book upon her death, and her wish came true. Her 18 month fight against cancer garnered her media attention in Norway, along with thousands of blog followers, and helped her raise money for other cancer victims and furthered her request for more blood and bone marrow donors. Her blog is reproduced in its entirety, along with unpublished posts, and comments from friends, family members and blog followers.

“Regine’s Book” is a raw, emotional and honest memoir of a young girl who wanted to live, and what it meant to her to be denied this request. Regine was wise beyond her years, and her insightful comments like “It’s a bit of an art to teach yourself to appreciate the little things in life” and “What’s more important: how you look or who you are?” along with her wit, love of music and flair for life will draw in readers ages 14 and up.

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