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“Calm candor and beauty amidst attrocities, Anne Frank’s diary has moved millions around the world, past and present, with it’s honesty, depth, and poignancy. (Personally, it was Anne’s diary that motivated me to write my own journal as a young girl and I continue to write faithfully, ever since....”see full review » see other reviews »
““Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl” follows the true story of a young Jewish girl living in the time of the Holocaust. Thirteen year old Anne Frank receives a blank diary for her birthday. Naming her diary “Kitty”, Anne thoughtfully writes about the struggles of growing up and confides in her diary more than anything. With the threat of her sister, Margot, being taken away by the Nazis, the Franks flee to a hideaway they call the “Secret Annexe”. For the next two years, Anne has to learn how to live under one roof with seven other people. She talks of the many hardships of living in gruesome conditions and being comepletely cut off from the rest of the world. In genuine, thorough descriptions, Anne explains the thoughts, feelings, and experiences she goes through during the time she spends in the Secret Annexe.
“Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl” informs the reader of how stressful and terrifying life was for the Jews during the Holocaust. In her diary, Anne describes her thoughts and feelings in an extremely realistic manner that makes the reader feel emotionally charged during some parts of the book. Her descriptive way of writing allows the reader to easily connect with her. Anne’s overall writing style is beyond incredible for someone of such a young age. She uses outstanding vocabulary and grammar, never failing to intrigue the reader with her words. If Anne Frank had survived World War II, she surely would have grown up to be a bestselling author someday. Although her diary may seem uninteresting and tedious to some, it is important to keep in mind that a diary is supposed to contain the personal thoughts and feelings of the writer. It is not required to be an action-packed thriller, wrote to grasp the reader’s attention. Anne had not given much thought to the possibility of her diary being published and read by millions of people around the world. Completely unaware of this, she wrote about what she felt, thought, and experienced, which is what makes her diary so genuine and relatable. Anne’s last entry was on August 1st, 1944, three days before the Gestapo found her in the Secret Annexe. Anne was oblivious to the fact that her hiding place would soon be found, but her diary ended in the perfect way. Her last words keep the reader thinking long after finishing the book.
“Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl” is greatly recommended for teenage girls, especially those who are fond of historical novels or autobiographies. Anne Frank’s diary proves that teen girls of the olden days are quite similar to teen girls of today. Anne has to face several of the typical challenges of being a teenage girl, such as self-esteem issues, emotional experiences, and physical growth. Many young girls today go through the same struggles. Anne explains her thoughts on certain topics in the perspective of a teen girl, which is what makes her so lovable and relatable for young female readers.”
“A classic and must-read for anyone interested in the time period.”Mrs. Wolf wrote this review 9 days ago. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“This book was about a Jewish girl living in the time of the holocaust. She lived in a secret annex for 2 years. My favorite part of the story was when she would talk about Peter. I liked it because she was very descriptive. The main person is Anne frank. She is a spunky girl but she has nobody to talk to so she writes a lot in her diary. I liked this book but at times it was boring. I think any one would like this book and I think it is important for people to read this book because it tells a story about how living in the holocaust was like. ”Lily Smith wrote this review 10 days ago. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Although at first I wasnt completely enthralled in this book, by the end I absolutely loved it! At first, you can tell Anne is a naive thirteen year old girl who had not really let the reality of the war sink in yet. She is still consumed in her friends and her schooling.
Then the Frank's had to go into hiding. Anne is scared, and clings to her mum and sister- although mostly her father. They are brought to a 'Secret Annex,' which is mostly how it sounds. They are forced into hiding along with another family known as the Van Daans. Throughout the book Anne continues to attempt to make light of things. Her and her mother argue a lot, and she grows immensly close to her father. For a lot of the book the Van Daan's son Peter and Anne do not speak much, seeing as Peter and Margot( Annes older sister) are closer in age. At one point they allow another man Mr Dussel to live with them, bringing it to a grand total of eight living in their annex.
As the book goes you can see Anne maturing and learning better how to act in certain situations. As I read along I found myself stopping and marking entire passages to look back at and better ponder. There were a lot of situations where things may have seen dark and hard, but she looked at everything with a smile in mind. The hardest part of reading this book was the fact that she constantly talked about after the war; talking about beginning school again, knowing she would choose more mature friends once they were out.
I knew all the while she wasnt going to be free again. She talked about publishing her journal sometimes, and she wanted to call it "The Secret Annex." Being a writer was a major aspiration of hers. She had many short stories she would write along side her journal.
Towards the end of the book every passage was so smartly written. The way she spoke about her newfound feelings toward Peter Van Daan -this was also hard to read about, because despite either of their feeling I knew neither of them survived- was so mature, speaking about what love was through adults eyes. She said she was not in love, but she did love Peter.
She wrote how she knew what a silly girl she had been just two years ago, and feels she had matured so much. The last entree was the longest one of all, and she spoke about how she knew her flaws and hated them. It was a complete rant about herself and how she could improve. It was heartwrenching seeing this written, wishing she hadnt worried so much. Wishing she wouldnt have had to grow up so quckly.
This book was silly, cute, touching, and hard to read. Its not that the language she used was rough, but just the thought of how it ends was enough to make it a difficult read.”
“This book gives a true insight to the life of Anne and the time period she lived in. The holocaust was a very significant time in history.”Destini Randolph wrote this review 12 days ago. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“This heart wrenching true story of a young girl who tell her story through her diary entries of her experience in the Holocaust is one that will keep the reader's attention and where they cannot put the book down. I would recommend this book to middle school aged children. It would be a great book to do a report on or for a history lesson. This book could also be used in therapy for older client's who are interested in history and need to gain a faster reading time or comprehension or reading and writing responses or many more things.”Kaitlyn Cline wrote this review 2 weeks ago. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Amazing book! That's really all I can say about it.”Sarah T wrote this review 2 weeks ago. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“This is a must-read; despite the controversy over the unedited version, I do think it is appropriate and should lead to great conversations between mothers and daughters”Carol Willette Bachofner wrote this review 2 weeks ago. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Shelfari: Diary of Anne Frank
Biographies and Autobiographies are always an interesting read that makes you feel like you are gaining information. Having the character telling the story be your age and be writing it in a diary just makes it all the much better! Therefore, I am rating the Diary of Anne Frank a 3 out of 5. If you want to read a true story straight from World War II with no exaggerations or sugar coating, this book is definitely for you. Anne, a young girl who is outspoken and very interested in the world (typical for someone who is growing up). Margot is Anne’s sister who is very smart and bright and respectful. All the adults feel she is so much more mature than Anne (though they are only two years apart). Annes parents are very firm and don’t care about nurturing the children as much as they do making sure they will grow up to be successful. Anne is a “daddy’s girl” and get’s along much better with her father as you would find out by sending her mother out of her room during prayers. The other family staying with the Franks are the Van Dussels. They just happen to have a young boy just a few years older than Anne who she soon takes a liking to. The climax of the story is at the start when the family goes into hiding. From there on out, the story is just about struggling to survive in hiding and what life is like locked up in the Secret Annexe. The theme of The Diary of Anne Frank is about growing up and knowing what is truly important in life. Anne starts her journey in the Secret Annexe as a loud child who misses hanging out with her friends and the boys. By the end of the book, she realizes what she really enjoys doing, and though she misses her friends still and misses the outside world, she learns how to make the best of it by reading and learning. So if you are looking for a book with a real life story that makes you think about what is important in life, that tells you about an era you may not be very familiar with, and just makes you more thankful for what you have, the Diary of Anne Frank is definitely the book for you.”