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Regine's Book: A Teen Girl's Last Words (2010)

by Regine Stokke(Favorite Author)
4.17 of 5 Votes: 5
1936976013 (ISBN13: 9781936976010)
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review 1: Jesus H. Christ. You know that the blog and journal entries, photos, poems, etc. of a teen girl with leukemia is going to be sad, but I don't think anything can prepare you for reading Regine's Book. Strangely enough, I didn't cry until the very end, but it was like EPIC sobbing when it came. I have to say that I will never be free of Regine, her words, her pictures, or her story. And that is not a bad thing. Regine was so honest, so raw, so human, and the things she went through and shared with us are so insane, so unfair, so unthinkable--yet it isn't all sad. It's hard to put my thoughts into words. I think everyone should read this. It's terribly sad, but beautiful too. I think I'm a better person for having read Regine's Book, and have been reminded to be thankful... more for each day, and for my health, family, friends, and the possibility of a future. Regine wanted to live, but couldn't. The one thing she asked of her family and friends was to live and be happy. As simple as it is, it's profound too, and not always something we remember to do.
review 2: This was a powerful book. As a 24 year old with a non-terminal, disabling chronic illness who is currently bed-bound, I could relate to so many of her emotions on not being able to live life at a young age. It hit even closer because my grandma battled cancer for awhile prior to her death. It made me understand feelings she may have had.. Something I couldn't do by just asking my grandma back the. because she didn't want her imminent death acknowledged. I could only read bits at a time at first because I'd get so sad and be crying so much. About a third of the way through, I think I was done mourning my own losses this book brought up and able to read big chunks at a time.I thought the translation was excellent. There were only a few spots where I was confused, but it wasn't enough where I did not know what was meant or to interrupt reading.Other reviews say it is repetitive and more should have been done to examine topics such as "cancer privilege" and healthcare systems. First of all, chronic illness is repetitive. The only way to get across (even a little bit) what it is like to be too tired to go in your own backyard, is to repeat that fact over and over. I'm sorry some of you get tired of reading it more than a few times, but imagine how she felt living it every single day! Secondly, she has cancer, I think she deserves "cancer privilege" without examining whether it is just or not... She's going to die. I'm sure if given the option, she would choose to live to be an old lady rather than go backstage at a concert or have an art show. The same goes for people thinking she should have spent time comparing Norway's healthcare to the US. This shows how self-centered my fellow Americans tend to be. Why the US, why not Russia, Japan, or Australia? As a 17 year old faced with death, she managed to accomplish a lot, including raising awareness about donating marrow and giving a voice to thoughts many cancer patients are afraid to share out loud. For me, that is impressive enough. less
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This is a heart wrenching story of a young ladies fight for life.
Powerful look at on teen's way of coping with her illness.
"Really beautiful" basically sums up this book
Sad. Inner thoughts of a dying teenager.
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