Genre: Autobiography, Memoir, Non-fiction
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 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 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.
21.2% “She’s going to die. I know it, everyone who has read this book or even heard the name Anne Frank knows it. It is so unfair.. Hearing her talk about her parents, Margot, reading her personal thoughts knowing that all her dreams and hopes are going to vanish. It’s written from a kid’s perspective (Yes I’m considering her a kid. She was young) and the way she rambles about the place she’s hiding at, ughhh I can’t”
64.66% “It breaks my heart reading her hopeful words of ‘When the war is over’. She is so childish at times making me smile because she was just a kid but then I hear such mature thoughts coming out of her head. It really is true. War changes people. It either makes them kinder or crueller.”
We’re so selfish that we talk about ‘after the war’ and look forward to new clothes and shoes, when actually we should be saving every penny to help others when the war is over, to salvage whatever we can.
The diary of a young girl turned out to be an overhyped book. Yes, I could feel for Anne and I was intrigued about reading the circumstances in which they lived and even though in some diary entries it became evident that Anne was mature for her age. Still going through this whole book was a tedious job and I got so bored at times. Also, she was a whiner (I don’t blame her. Most teenagers are. But considering her circumstances, I expected to hear about different stuff.) Instead, I kept cringing as she talked about her adorable crush on Peter and her disconnect from her family.