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Shvoong Home>Books>Biographies>The Diary of a Young Girl Review

The Diary of a Young Girl

Book Review   by:monmoniku     Original Author: Anne Frank
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Anne frank is a typical teenager who lived during the holocaust period in the World War II, the period where the Jews are mistreated. The time when they are not allowed to ride cars, shop at the time of their liking, study at a non-Jewish school and so many other rules . On her 13th birthday, she received a diary from her parents. She loved it very much and started recording her life. When her sister Margot received a call up notice, they decided to hide earlier than planned(june 16, 1942).

Their hiding place is located at her dad's office. They call it the secret annex. The Frank family are not the only ones in the secret annex. They have company. The van Daans and Mr. Dussel are with them too. In the secret annex, everyone must be cautious. Anne Always experienced being compared to her sister and feels like no one ever understands her. The people living in the annex are just waiting for the war to be over. Killing time while they are there, they study languages and read book and sometimes listen to the radio.

Mrs. Frank and Mrs. Van Daan are not always getting along. The adults are not getting along, leaving the children in the annex frustrated. Anne found a friend in Peter van Daan. After getting to talk to each other every day, Anne and Peter developed feelings for each other. They always experience the fear of being discovered. And one day, one of their acquaintances gave information to the Germans and now they are discovered. Their families are torned apart and they are forced to work all day without food. Anne's mother and sister Margot died ahead of her. Anne died because of Typhus. The only living family member is Otto Frank, Anne's Father.

Meip Geise, Their family friend saw Anne's diary and kept it. She gave it to Otto Frank who decided to have the diary published because it's Anne's wish.

Somehow i can relate to Anne frank. Like how she said that ''Paper is more patient than people.´ For I too, believe that paper is more patient than people. People have the tendency to not really listen. But in a journal, you can tell your innermost thoughts without being judged.

I also agree with "The best remedy for those who are frightened, lonely or unhappy is to go outside, somewhere they can be alone, alone with the sky, nature and God. For then and only then can you feel that everything is as it should be and that God wants people to be happy amid nature's
beauty and simplicity.". Sometimes, the only way for us to be happy is to find peace and solitude. Nature calms the senses and the soul and it connects us to God.

Overall rating of the material: In a scale of 1-10, it'll be a 9. I don't like how it ends!!(well, I can't do anything about it) All in all, it is really inspiring to see a young girl face all this problems.

Other Reactions and comments: I¶d like a shorter version. It is an easy read but reading a diary bores me a little. It's a good story though.
Published: December 26, 2012   
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