The Diary of A Young Girl

The Diary of A Young Girl

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Discovered in the attic in which she spent the last years of her life, Anne Frank's remarkable diary has become a world classic--a powerful reminder of the horrors of war and an eloquent testament to the human spirit.

In 1942, with the Nazis occupying Holland, a thirteen-year-old Jewish girl and her family fled their home in Amsterdam and went into hiding. For the next two years, until their whereabouts were betrayed to the Gestapo, the Franks and another family lived cloistered in the "Secret Annexe" of an old office building. Cut off from the outside world, they faced hunger, boredom, the constant cruelties of living in confined quarters, and the ever-present threat of discovery and death. In her diary Anne Frank recorded vivid impressions of her experiences during this period. By turns thoughtful, moving, and surprisingly humorous, her account offers a fascinating commentary on human courage and frailty and a compelling self-portrait of a sensitive and spirited young woman whose promise was tragically cut short.

Praise for The Diary of a Young Girl

"A truly remarkable book." -- The New York Times

"One of the most moving personal documents to come out of World War II." -- The Philadelphia Inquirer

"There may be no better way to commemorate the fiftieth anniversary of the end of World War II than to reread The Diary of a Young Girl, a testament to an indestructible nobility of spirit in the face of pure evil." -- Chicago Tribune

"The single most compelling personal account of the Holocaust . . . remains astonishing and excruciating." -- The New York Times Book Review

"How brilliantly Anne Frank captures the self-conscious alienation and naïve self-absorption of adolescence." -- Newsday
Publisher: New York : Bantam, 1993.
Copyright Date: ©1952
ISBN: 9780553296983
0553296981
Characteristics: xiv, 283 pages : facsimiles, illustrations, photographs, portraits ; 18 cm.

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mstmbg
Nov 15, 2019

I read this aloud with my teens. This version contains 30% more material (from back cover). There are a number of negative, perhaps disrespectful, entries regarding her mother and others describing making out with a boy also living in the secret annex. It may not be the best version for younger children.

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Tricia_lib19
Oct 25, 2019

Anne Frank's words still haunt many years after WWII. As a young Jewish girl in hiding from the Nazis during the later years of the war, she tells of her life and those hiding with her so very poignantly.

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Anita_Dickey
Oct 03, 2019

I read this book as part of the 300 books everyone should read once challenge featured on listopia. I just am a sucker for a good coming of age story and this one is one of the best. Diary entries make for quick chapters and easy reading. Really helps you appriciate history and the terror they must have gone through.

YLPLTEENBOOKBLOG Aug 13, 2019

This diary is an authentic portrayal straight from the historic Anne Frank, illustrating her family’s tough journey secretly hiding from Nazis throughout World War two. It’s a heart-wrenching story when you look at just the events, but Anne’s determination to be bold and positive in her diary is really admirable and helps her (and the reader) push past the melancholy and find the good. Anne comes from an honest and sometimes brutal standpoint that explores every aspect of her life in hiding and her thoughts. Her opinions on family often hit close to home, as she struggles with how her family members view her and her personality, which is something that I’m sure many people can relate to. It’s nice to know that others, even people from entirely different time periods and cultural contexts, can have similar feelings. However, since it was partly written to accurately describe the hardships of the war, it may at times get a little too in-detail, although one could argue that this adds to its historical importance. On a different note, it’s very sad to hear about how much of herself Anne had to suppress to maintain her family’s image of her, and how she really only came to Peter and her diary to express her true feelings. Unfortunately, Anne didn’t live long enough to truly get comfortable with letting out her inner self and being more confident in her ideas and aspirations, but she did grow more mature and improve her relations with her family in an inspiring way. If she had lived a longer life, there is no doubt that Anne would have accomplished so much more. In general, Anne Frank’s story is a crucial coming of age story that inspires and encourages readers to keep being positive no matter what their situation. I give it 4.5/5 stars. Elena of the Yorba Linda Teen Book Bloggers

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Suki_Skywalker
Jul 15, 2019

This book is very inspiring and cool..... it's amazing that we can read the inside thoughts of a girl in the time war.
Loved it❤️❤️

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green_penguin_484
Apr 08, 2019

*2019*
Loved it. This a great story. It is an amazing piece of literature for WWII and shows a young girl trying to find her way in the world.

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SusyHendrix
Jan 15, 2019

I was loathe to put this book down. I am saddened that this is the only work of Anne Frank we shall ever see. She should have had the chance to become a journalist and write novels as she wanted to-- with her inquisitive mind and strong spirit, imagine the body of work she'd have gone on to create!

But even if the Nazis took her life, they could not silence Anne in the end. This diary is filled with descriptions of life in hiding, but it's also a great coming-of-age text that remains evergreen. I'm shocked to see other reviewers were bored. I thought it was riveting, but then again, maybe it's because I keenly remember being a teenager and having similar feelings about my parents, my place in the world-- only Anne had to grow up so much faster due to the bad place in history that she found herself.

I would absolutely recommend this book to teen readers studying the Holocaust and WWII. It's one thing to read about all the people who died in a textbook, but it's another to see how this all affected a normal young girl.

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booksgm
Nov 29, 2018

It's not really a book as some people are saying ,more of a snapshot of a terrible time in her life . If any of our diaries were read by other people certainly parts would be boring ,they are diaries not books . I found it fascinating and sad knowing as someone else said how it all ended .It was a window into a world we all hope and pray never happens to us .

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Algae_EJSC
Oct 07, 2018

Personally I didn't like this book I found it was quite boring and slow, but for some people this book will be a really good read.
Guess it's just not the right kind of book for me.

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Linyarai
Mar 28, 2018

I read this for the "a historical non-fiction book" part of my 2018 reading challenge. I think I enjoyed it more now than I did when I read it in school, Anne's diary is a terrific reflection of all girls growing up, and the additional trials of living in close quarters with other people.

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daydreamer6O4 Dec 19, 2016

“I've found that there is always some beauty left -- in nature, sunshine, freedom, in yourself; these can all help you.”

Laura_X Feb 05, 2016

It's really a wonder that I haven't dropped all my ideals, because they seem so absurd and impossible to carry out. Yet I keep them, because in spite of everything, I still believe that people are really good at heart.

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Apr 25, 2011

"At such moments I don't think about all the misery, but about the beauty that still remains..."

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Mar 27, 2011

What's done cannot be undone, but at least you can keep it from happening again. - Anne Frank

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Mar 27, 2011

"The best remedy for those who are frightenend, lonely or unhappy is to go outisde, somewhere they can be 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...as long as this exists, I know there will be solace for every sorrow. - Anne Frank

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The 2 years in hiding of Anne Frank.

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