Thursday, June 21, 2012

STUDENT REVIEW - The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank

The Diary of a Young Girl (aka The Diary of Anne Frank)
By Anne Frank
Published by Random House Publishing Group, 1993
304 pages (paperback)

Discovered in the attic in which she spent the last years of her life, Anne Frank's remarkable diary has since become a world classic—a powerful reminder of the horrors of war and an eloquent testament to the human spirit. In 1942, with 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, they and another family lived cloistered in the "Secret Annex" 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 amusing, 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.

The journal of a Jewish girl in her early teens describes both the joys and torments of daily life, as well as typical adolescent thoughts, throughout two years spent in hiding with her family during the Nazi occupation of Holland.

Yeah, [I would recommend this book to a middle schooler] because they might be interested in it like I was. It was good because it is sad how they die and only one lived. The Nazi Party and their leader, Hitler, was really dangerous. I am glad the camp was saved by the Americans.
---Reviewed by Jawon B.

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