Diary of a

Dying Girl

From the Journals
of Mallory Smith

Random House Children’s Books, May 7, 2024

“Illuminating and heartbreaking.”

Kirkus reviews

This collection of one girl’s real, unflinching diary entries about slowly dying from a superbug infection is an unparalleled exploration of the human spirit and what it means to truly live.

In her diary, Mallory confronted it all — the highs and lows of young love, the complexities of sex, the daily battles with a relentless illness, and the universal quest of navigating human existence. “Diary of a Dying Girl” is filled with hundreds of entries penned with raw honesty in which she creates poetry out of prosaic experiences.

This is the poignant, true story of a young woman who refused to be defined by physical or mental health issues. Her light and her life, her insights about embracing vulnerability, finding strength in adversity, and seeking joy in the smallest moments, are shared here in her own words to encourage everyone to live life to the fullest, as she did, even as she was dying.

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