Anne Frank: The Diary Of A Young Girl (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition) Reviews

UPDATE TIME: 2019-10-22 
Review Score: 4 out of 5 star From 2 user ratings

"The thing that amazes me the most about this book is what an amazingly talented writer Anne was. Seriously, she started her diary when she was thirteen, and her writing is better than some famous modern authors I could name. *coughStephanie Meyercough*
Anne was already writing like a sensitive, intelligent adult by the time she was fifteen. If she had lived, and continued writing, there is no doubt in my mind that she would now be considered one of the best authors of her time.
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"come ON, how can anyone give ANNE FRANK a rating other than "it was amazing"??? some of these reviews cracked me up. it's certainly not my favorite book, but i definitely won't say it's a pity vote either. although i'll say this: i was recently at her house and was SHOCKED that it's HUGE. i mean, the diary makes it sound like they're living in a matchbox when even the hideaway part is two stories and far bigger than anywhere i've ever lived--FRANKly (HA!) i don't know how it took anyone that long after the house was seized to realize that some floors were missing when you entered it... stupid nazis... once my good friend told my other good friend's young girlfriend that she looked astonishingly like anne frank. the girl freaked out and made a huge, public scene about how horrifying that was but everyone saw it, the resemblance i mean, a little bit anyway. but on the topic of seizure, the girl was shortly afterwards committed for attempted suicide. which wasn't a surprise and i'm fairly certain was wholly unrelated to the comment. much like the qualitative relationship of half of my reviews to their books...sorry." said.


Beauty remains, even in misfortune.

The Diary of a Young Girl as told by Anne Frank is haunting, poignant and beautiful, with a keen sense of hope throughout. Anne documented her family's plight of having to go into hiding in 1942 due to the German invasion in the Netherlands as part of WW2. The Franks were hidden in a secret annexe, behind a bookcase covering a hidden entrance. Not only were the Franks living there, but also another four people. During this time all members of the hidden annexe were not allowed to go outside and had strict rules to follow (can't light candles at all times, can't use the toilet at certain times, etc.). With eight people living consistently in this secret annexe, it is inevitable that tensions arise both within the Frank family and with the other members living under the same roof.

Anne highlights through out her diary how lucky she was with the people that helped her and her family go into hiding (for example, Miep and Bep). The members of the annex played a secret radio that told them of the news and advancements in the war, and were able to hear from those who helped, what was happening to other Jewish people in their community (the disappearances, the killings). Anne weaves her diary going in between typical teenage experiences (hormones, puberty, crushes, family tensions) and the horror of having to be hidden (black market ration books, low money, not being able to go outside). However, even though Anne had to live in constant fear of being found by the Gestapo and constant gun fire surrounding the building, her diary always holds an essence of hope and beauty. She writes about the future, what will happen after the war, when she can attend school again, and her dreams of being a writer.

I want to go on living even after my death!

Anne’s diary will (hopefully) forever be read by many, documenting the years spent in secret of an unbelievably smart and brave young woman.
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"This book was fascinating. I was a little surprised that there wasn't more about the atrocities that were happening around them instead of all the turmoil in the household. However, I realize that she was just a very young girl. And, I was surprised about how sexually aware she was. Until she and her family went into hiding, she hadn't had a lot of worldly awareness so she wrote about what was happening around her, and that was everything that went on in that household with those people. It would be hard to imagine how I or any other person would react under the same circumstances. I tried to imagine what it would be like to have to be totally quiet...not to be able to even move around at all for several hours or not be able to use the bathroom when you needed to. I thought what would happen if you had a cold, and were coughing. How could you control it? After she would write about her feelings when certain things were going on inside, she would put a small notation about what was happening in the world outside. They would get news from the outside from those who were hiding them. Another thing that surprised me was the gifts they would give each other on their birthdays. I would have thought that those things would have been rationed and not be available. I guess if you had the money, and apparently they had quite a lot, the regular Germans could still buy "things". Everything I have previously read about that time period indicated that even the "non-Jewish" German people had very little. She talks about being able to make jam from strawberries that were delivered to the warehouse. That would take lots of sugar. Apparently, the factory that they lived above was the factory that her father was a partner in, and they made pectin there. So maybe, the delivery of sugar wasn't suspicious. Or maybe that was what made them vulnerable. However, someone had to have turned them in or they would never have found them behind the bookcase in the annex.

I felt sad that her relationship with her mother was so bad. I think, had she live, that relationship might have been repaired with time as it appeared to be mostly misunderstandings combined with her adolescence. Also, her relationship with her sister wasn't good either. Her relationship with the other family was understandable considering the close quarters they shared. It has occurred to me that the Jewish people are a very gentle kind of people therefore enabling them to live under those circumstances for two years. I think it would be almost impossible for most people to live like that. I can't understand why anyone would turn them in to the Gestapo knowing they would be going to their death. Most of their German Christian and Catholic friends were wonderful people who actually put their lives on the line to protect these two families. I have never heard who turned them in.

They almost made it. Anne lives on just as she wished. I would highly recommend this book to anyone who is interested in reliving the past with Anne, her family, and friends.
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"This review will have spoilers. I think majority of the populous knows what happened to Anne Frank and her family, but if you do not please skip my review.

I had this book for years. I actually have two copies, but I never read either one of them, and I had them since middle school. It wasn't required in any of my classes. I am starting to think my middle, and high school had major problems. We barely read any classics. It sounds really sad. In Michigan we have a Holocaust museum, called the Holocaust Memorial Center. I remember how much that place affected me when we had a field trip, so I know reading Anne's diary would do the same. I just didn't know how bad.

Anne Frank is a young Jewish girl living in Holland, during WW2. Her diary is written during the time her and her family went into hiding in the "Secret Annex" for 2 years. Her diary is not only about the War, but her growing up in the most unideal situation. Her two year story is a different side of a terrible situation. She may have been luckier than most, but still her words are incredible, intelligent, and wholesome. The diary included her deepest thoughts, her worries, and the hardships of the annex.

I knew the end from the beginning. I knew it was going to be sad, and I would want to flip tables. My heart, and my shoulders felt so heavy by the end. Anne had her whole life in front of her, and it was cut short. She could of done anything her heart desired. Every entry closer to the end, I would hope that it would end that she left the annex at the end of the war, but sadly it was ended abruptly. Every time she mentioned any bright side of the day, my heart ached knowing. I just wanted to stop the situation. Why cannot I time travel?! I would of jump into that time period, and tuck this family away. Maybe I should have closed the diary, and allowed her to live forever, but her story needed to be told. She, nay the whole Jewish community were innocent victims. Her family, and friends shouldn't of went into hiding. No one should of died. It is revolting, and her words need to live forever, so that this would never happen again.

The most amazing thing about reading her diary was the transformation of a young girl to a young woman. She started thinking about bigger ideas, and concepts during those two years. It was magnificent to see. In the beginning, I felt like she didn't really understand what was happening to her community. She understood it was bad, but her young mind couldn't fully comprehend the madness behind it. After the first year something changed in young Anne, and she finally faced the reality of the situation. She kept her hopes up for the most part, but she knew the truth of situation. It was just astonishing to witness how much one can change in a short period of time. This made me even sadder about her fate.

The one thing I can say I am happy about is that Anne got her wish.
"I want to go on living even after my death."
Her diary will live forever. Anne Frank will always be in my thoughts. I will insist my daughter to read her story. Anne is apart of history, along with the millions of Jews, Polish, and any one else who was in the terrible War. All their stories should be heard. I recommend everyone to read this just once. Happy reading.

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"Anne Frank went into hiding , in 1942, with her parents and sister and four other people , in the sealed off back rooms of an Amsterdam office building , when the Nazi invaders of the Netherlands , intensified their persecution of Jews.

They were all discovered in 1944 , by the Nazis, and of the group , only Anne's father Otto Frank survived the war. Anne died in the hideous death camp at Belsen.

In this remarkably intimate and beautifully written classic , Anne documents the two years in hiding - how they survived , amusing observances about the different residents of the house , as well as her own remarkable development , such topics as her sexuality and the development of her relationship with Peter Van Daam , as well as her sparkling brilliant intellect.

She reveals the peculiarities and personalities of the people who live with her in the annexe , in a series of accounts and amusing anecdotes.

One could ask why the Nazis brought about the death of this good , intelligent and charming child. One should ask what moves man to commit such horrors. What moved the Nazis to kill over a million Jewish children. What moves people to justify the murder of Jewish children in Israel today by Arab terrorists , or to justify the monstrous tyrannies in North Korea, Red China, Zimbabwe or Iran?

The book can equip young people to answer the questions that will be thrown at them today: Why did the Nazis do what they did? Why did the people of Europe allow it to happen? Why do we need the State of Israel?

We are living in time when values are distorted , moral relativity and the inversion of the truth are the order of the day. Anti-semitism is on the march again , in the shape of genocidal hatred of Israel. It is today that it becomes so relevant , Anne Frank's word in her diary: " It's twice as hard for us young ones to hold our ground and maintain our opinions , at a time when all all ideals are being shattered and destroyed , when people are showing their worst side , and do not know whether to believe in truth and right and God'.
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"Actually I wasn't going to review this book at all, since I read it way back in the seventies, and if I remember correctly, did not finish it.

But yesterday, just for the heck of it, I went through some one-star reviews. Two things I noticed immediately - most people disliked the book because it was boring, and Anne had a sanctimonious attitude. They were of the opinion that the book became a classic only because of historical reasons. Looking at it dispassionately, I have to agree.

I was even more interested in the negative comments on those reviews. Most people were angry at the reviewer because they had the temerity to criticise Anne, A HOLOCAUST VICTIM, for God's sake! Whatever be the quality of her writing, the consensus was that the author was a saint and therefore above any kind of criticism. This viewpoint seems to me rather silly - anything published for general consumption is open to both positive and negative reviews.

The second most common comment was that this was the diary of a teenaged girl, and never meant to be read for its literary merits - and I do agree with this. Those who criticise based on the quality of the writing is missing the mark, I feel. As with any diary, its primary merit is as a first-hand account of an important period in history.

I read it when I was roughly Anne's age. I could visualise for myself the claustrophobic nature of their apartment, and I wondered at a regime which forced a certain section of its citizens to hide themselves in fear of death. This was my first serious exposure to Holocaust literature: and it built in me a passion for history and a lifelong antagonism to fascism of any kind.

This was an important book in my life.
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"I really wish I had a different translation of this book because this one lacks a lot of the personality and ease compared to the audiobook version I partially listened to. But this book should definitely be one of the books you read before you die because it is so tragic and enlightening. Nothing makes me angrier and sadder than seeing someone with so much potential and excitement rave about their passion for life, and in the end, never made it to accomplish their dreams, or see their work published. (this is also why This Star Won't Go Out made me sob.) Anne surprised me with how real and relatable she is, and she really seems to grow into her writing style and throughout the book you can note a change in her maturity and the way she describes and reflects on things. Had this book been easier to get through it would have been 5 stars, but some parts just dragged for me. " said.

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