The Diary of a Young Girl – Review

The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank

Genre: Autobiography

Published by Bantam in 1947

Pages: 352

Rating: 4.1/5 on Goodreads

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Anne Frank’s extraordinary diary, written in the Amsterdam attic where she and her family hid from the Nazis for two years, has become a world classic and a timeless testament to the human spirit. Now, in a new edition enriched by many passages originally withheld by her father, we meet an Anne more real, more human, and more vital than ever. Here she is first and foremost a teenage girl—stubbornly honest, touchingly vulnerable, in love with life. She imparts her deeply secret world of soul-searching and hungering for affection, rebellious clashes with her mother, romance and newly discovered sexuality, and wry, candid observations of her companions. Facing hunger, fear of discovery and death, and the petty frustrations of such confined quarters, Anne writes with adult wisdom and views beyond her years. Her story is that of every teenager, lived out in conditions few teenagers have ever known.

In my eyes:

This is the most distinguished coming-of-age story in a dark chapter of the Holocaust. Since it is a diary, the story unveils chronologically to give a crystally clear insight of how a girl of thirteen has changed during a period while they were in hiding.

The problems she had described throughout the book, may seem petty things to concentrate about, as she had paid attention to all trivial details such as daily chores, treatments of her family towards her. But, for an adolescent girl who’s in hiding, it is different, since she has to limit herself to a few perches for a long period of almost two and a half years. Imagine if you had to shut yourself in an apartment for two and a half years, it will most likely drive you crazy. Isn’t it? Hence in this situation Anne and her family manage to survive, courtesy paying their attention into learning and hobbies.

Anne develops her habit of writing and sticks in to it, dreaming about becoming a successful writer. It’s heartbreaking that she couldn’t since she had to leave this world in the repercussions of the Holocaust. You cannot stop yourself from feeling worse when you go on reading her book, since you already know that she had died, as she has proven her potential to become a prominent writer. It’s so bad that we lost the opportunity of reading a series of novels from Anne Frank.

This story contains two parallel characteristics, as I conceive, a sense of individuality and a universality. Individuality in the sense that she had describes her own self in these conditions; whereas universality as it applies to every adolescent who lived in such conditions.

It’s enlightening to witness the metamorphosis of her from a stubborn, young girl into a perceiving, teenager with wisdom. At the beginning, she cried her eyes out for every tiny thing. But in the end, she finds words to describe her newly found sexuality, attraction towards a boy who was living in the same attic and also to tolerate this and speak of them frankly with whomever she clashes. From the beginning, since she is this sassy girl who does not hold any thought in, and speaks her heart out, you begin to like her though you won’t share her views about some areas. After about twenty pages no matter in which age you are, you feel the frequency of your heart-beating synchronizes with that of Anne’s, and you also get threatened when they face dangerous circumstances, worrying about the instinctive questions that arouse in your mind. Will they be found by the Gestapo, or will they get punished? Is this that fatal moment?

She is sometimes not so discerning about other people who live with her in the attic, mostly about the members of her own family, but it may be because of the mental conditions of all people living in such anguish. It may also be because she was not mature enough to understand other people’s struggles and how they reacted to them.

I strongly recommend this book to any teenager and above, but for the ones who are above teenage I need to suggest you to look in to the story in a teenager’s perspective.

The main reason for me to strongly recommend this book is that, this is the best story, written about World War II, which give a vivid revelation about that time’s conditions, on how people suffered, how some suddenly turned into robbers, mostly about how they survived.

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