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  Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank

Review by: Jonathan C.
Florida, Grade 8

You are hurtled into the mind of an extrordinary young woman, with details about her dreams, feelings towards others, and views on different subjects.

Anne Frank, born in Frankfurt, Germany is the author of this amazing title: The Diary of a Young Girl. If you haven't guessed by now, it's her own diary, which she started writing when she was thirteen and ended at fifteen. She received the blank book from her family on her thirteenth birthday on June 12th, 1942. Anne's Diary (Kitty) describes more then her life, hopes and dreams, it reaches into your heart and seems to describe yourself. Anne gives amazing descriptions and assumptions about human nature. She says people may seem bitter or cruel, but at fundamentally good. Throughout the diary, Anne struggles to define herself during this era.
The era I mean is the Holocaust, World War Two. Anne, along with eight others, including her family, the Van Daans, and one Albert Dussel, are in hiding. Her father, Otto Frank (whom Anne calls ''Pim'') has given his spice company to certain employees, while the rest believe the family ran to Switzerland due to a rumor. They keep them hidden and supply them with food and other supplies. Anne calls the hidden room (located at the top of the firm) the ''secret annex''. The time to be spent there was expected to be several months, but lasted two years. During this time, Anne is trying to stay alive and keep her emotions steady. Living in a confined area with eight others for two years can drive a person a little off the edge. While employees are working in the factory below them, Anne and the others must stay perfectly quiet for eight hours! While waiting, Anne reads books and studies school subjects, including different languages. Afterwards, at six o'clock, they are free to move as they please, which is when they might listen to the radio for updates on the war.
Anne is a curious, emotional girl with many different hopes and dreams. She is usually troubled and disturbed, she feels very lonely. Anne talks a lot, and gets snapped at by her mother and Mrs. Van Daan for speaking her mind too often. Anne claims that she tries to hide her feelings and keep to herself, but that's something she can never do. Because of this, Anne ignores her mother, and looks toward her father, whom she calls Pim.
Anne's stories about living in the annex are amazing. She seems to have many adventures during this period. You just want to hear more about who she is and what she does, she's just such an interesting girl. She falls in love with Peter Van Daan (Petel). When she tells Kitty about how she feels, you think you are Anne Frank. You can feel the sadness and the way she wants someone she's so in love with. Anne's always wanted to be an author, and she has become one without even knowing.
Anne's view on the war make it hard to believe it really happened. The fact that she has to actually hide from the Germans to keep her life just seems so terrible. Anne constantly has pictures of her best friends dying in the concentration camps, making her feel horrible for not being there with them.
She sees her friend, Hanneli, in her dreams. She says she is an angel watching over her during this time, and she feels Hanneli will always be with her. Over the months, Anne's faith begins to grow as she prays more to God to save her and keep her and Hanneli safe. She just wants a bright future.
However, Anne sometimes drags on about the same thing over and over again. She seems to never stop talking about one thing, such as how she is tired of other treating her badly. She is angry while she writes some sections most of the time, which is not a good sign. Also, some information is too...personal.
Anne Frank is an amazing girl with thoughts you'd never think someone her age would be thinking. If you want to read more about her adventure in the Secret annex, and what really goes on in the mind of Anne Frank, be sure to read The Diary of a Young Girl. You will feel like a different person.

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