Regine's Book

A Teen Girl's Last Words

  • Interest Level: Grade 9 - Grade 12
  • Reading Level: Grade 8

Regine’s blog about living with Leukemia gained a huge following, and eventually became this book. She writes openly about emotional and physical aspects of her 15-month struggle to recover, and explains how her disease impacts her life. In the course of her illness, Regine has photography exhibits, goes to concerts, enjoys her friends & family, and advocates for registering as a blood and bone marrow donor. She was a typical teenager with an amazing will to live; and the lessons she learned have relevance for all of us. She died at home on December 3, 2009 with her family and cat by her side.

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Interest Level Grade 9 - Grade 12
Reading Level Grade 8
Genre Young Adult
Publisher Lerner Publishing Group
Imprint Zest Books ™
Language English
Publication Date 2019-08-01
Text Type Narrative Nonfiction
BISACS YAN006140, YAN024030, YAN051050
Features Awards, Foreword, and Reviewed

Author: Regine Stokke

Regine Stokke began to blog about her day-to-day life shortly after she was diagnosed with leukemia in 2008. Regine's stated purpose with her posts was to give people a sense of "what it's like to live with" such a serious illness, and her blog became an almost instant classic. It was first adapted into book form in 2010, and became a bestseller in Norway. Regine was also a very gifted photographer, and had her photos exhibited at both the 2009 and 2010 Nordic Light photography festivals in Kristiansund.


  • ForeWord Magazine Book of the Year Award Bronze, Commended, 2014
  • YALSA Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adult Readers Nominee, Nominated, 2014


Booklist Online

“[A]n inspiring read for a new audience for this moving title that was originally published in Regine’s Norway.”—Booklist

Publishers Weekly

“[A] rare, valuable window into life with a terminal illness.”—Publishers Weekly

Kirkus Reviews

“A heartfelt and visually appealing window into Regine’s last year.”—Kirkus Reviews

School Library Journal

“®eaders will find themselves rooting for Regine until the end.”—School Library Journal