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4.06 of 5 stars 4.06  ·  rating details  ·  1,334,328 ratings  ·  13,942 reviews
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...more
Paperback, 283 pages
Published June 1st 1993 by Bantam (first published 1947)
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Varsha
My intention of writing a review for this book is to tell all the negative reviewers to SHUT UP! I am all for everyone's right to express their opinion but I read a few of the '1 star' reviews and I was shocked to read what a few people had to say about this book. Before making an opinion I suggest people to keep a few things in mind:

1. This is someone's DIARY not a book meant to entertain people. If you think it was boring then answer me, how many interesting things can you possibly do locked u...more
Nilesh Kashyap
Why do we write reviews?
You have a lot of reasons I guess.

But for this review there is only one. I am writing this for my conscience.
Ever since I have rated this book, I always end up asking myself that, have I rated it with something it deserved or was it just out of sympathy (some call it pity vote)?

Reading other reviews (although most people just rate it and proceed) posed me with many other questions and also gave me idea of what people generally think about her and her diary.

So I’m going t...more
Brenda
Jan 22, 2008 Brenda rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: everyone
I confess to feeling slightly voyeuristic while reading this. It was constantly in the back of my mind that this was no ordinary novel, or even a true-to-life account. This was someone’s diary. Every page written in confidence, each word revealing the thoughts closest to the heart of this young girl. As a journal-keeper myself, I sometimes find myself wondering, “What if someone else were to read this?” which causes me to wonder how much to filter my words. But then, isn’t the purpose of a diary...more
★ Jess
Honestly, I just can't do it. I can't bring myself to finish the book. Ive tried three times already, and each time I have been forced to put it aside. Books and film about the Holocaust are fascinating, but not this one. Unfortunately, I was not engaged and found I couldn't care less.
I'll have to try it again in a few years.

On the up side, I firmly believe that Anne Frank, had she survived the war, would have grown up to be a marvelous, best selling writer. At the age of 13 her words are bett...more
Whitney
For her 13th birthday Anne Frank received a diary she dubbed Kitty. Shortly after her birthday with the fear that her older sister, Margo may be taken by the Nazis the Franks disappear into the night and go into hiding. It is through Kitty that Anne records her thoughts and daily life living behind a bookcase in the secret annex.

When I was younger I went through a "holocaust" phase before moving on to Harriet Tubman and slavery. The funny thing is that Anne Frank's Diary was not the first Holoca...more
Monica Edinger
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Jason Koivu
Ya gotta hand it to this teen girl who was writing about her life with such clarity and eloquence when her life was hanging by a thread.

I've read reviews of The Diary of a Young Girl that complained about how Frank ignored the bigger picture of the war and that her subject matter was trite, whiny and insular. What else could it be, this diary of a teen secreted away in the compact environs of an attic with the same people for years learning little-to-no outside information?

From the standpoint of...more
Mr. Z
If only every teenager would read and embrace this story, I wonder if it would change the instant-gratification, me-me-me society that has evolved over the last 50 years? Of course, this novel is a staple in any Holocaust lesson planning. In a world in which so few teenagers (or adults, for that matter) seem to stop and give thanks for what they have (instead chirping about what they want or complaining about what they don't have), Anne Frank faced the most unfair of cruelties with a certain str...more
David
While her story is sad, the naked Emperor cult around this book is unmerited.

The key quotation about people being basically good at heart is absurd in the light of the story, and from a theological perspective, just plain wrong.
Pollopicu
I'm really surprised by the number of people who thought this book was boring.
I could understand how an adult man might find the musings of a young girl rather dull, but how can people in general not find this journal utterly fascinating? Here is a teenage girl who up until the end wrote with the same emotional consistency as when she began. Whoever thinks this books is boring is because they simply fail to realize, or even imagine the conditions in which this diary was written under. To think...more
HRH
Sep 03, 2007 HRH rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Thinkers
I first read this book in the eighth grade. Our junior high school simultaneously did a preformance of the play. I remember that I enjoyed both the book and the play. I think I liked the love story aspect most of all -- what 13 year-old wouldn't? But I don't think I really "got" the book.
For her 13th birthday the German-born Anne Frank received a diary which she named Kitty. About a month after her birthday, her older sister, Margot, at the time just 16 years old, was "called up." For some time...more
Jodi Lu
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 lon...more
M
Oct 15, 2014 M rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Every woman !
This is not just a classic book to me. It is not a tale in the age of crazy writers. It is a collection of memories, of thoughts of a young, yet real, girl. Woman. Human. Jewish.
The book presents a tough point of view about everything, Anne had the most strong opinions I have ever read. Perhaps because she did not know that some one would read her words and feel so close, so in love with the mentality and beauty of Anne.
I have read painful stories in my life, but I feel as if this one is the wor...more
Alejandro
Maybe the first thing that most people would get shocked is that I rate with only 3 stars one of the best selling books of the 20th century (and now 21st century too) and even more, a book about the Holocaust.

First thing that I learned about this book is honesty.

Anne Frank teaches us all about honesty, about telling what you really think, and so I am doing the same.

For starters, I wonder how many people really, I mean REALLY read the book, because to rate with 5 stars a famous book that everybod...more
Alex
The problem with Diary of a Young Girl is that it's the diary of a young girl, and young girls, as you may remember from when you were one, or spent all your time trying to make out with one, are awful. It's like 300 pages straight of "No one understands me!" Ugh.

I suppose the reason this made it on to so many high school curricula is that young people might relate to it, and I suppose some of them did - but this doesn't depict the horrors of the Holocaust. It depicts the boredom of being locked...more
Kara
Dec 03, 2008 Kara rated it 1 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: people who like depressing or boring books
Recommended to Kara by: no one, i had to read it for a school assignment
This book was awful! I hated it and thats all i have to say about it.
notgettingenough
Not enough sex.

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This was about my first review on goodreads.

So, I'm a bit irritated now. It turns out that if I'd written:

NOT ENOUGH SEX

and timed it for when it was suddenly trendy to review like that, I would have gotten a whole heap of votes and everybody would have thought I was REALLY CLEVER.

Shit.
Mariel
Jun 25, 2013 Mariel rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: enfin
Recommended to Mariel by: walking down a deserted street
“It’s just that when you’re standing beside an open window at twilight, you can say more to each other than in bright sunshine. It’s easier to whisper your feelings than to shout them from the rooftops. I believe that trust has to come from both sides; I also think that’s the reason why we’ve never really grown close.”


She never had a friend to be close to, no natural between people warmth. Anne Frank colored between the lines of social graces. She didn't have the chance to live a life to regre...more
Brian Davis
Aug 25, 2008 Brian Davis rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: anyone
I went to the Holocaust Museum in Washington D.C. which left me overwhelmed and sick, like I had just finished a terrible bout with the flu or something. In the museum, a lot of the exhibits depict what Jewish life was like before the war (mainly in Lithuania, where a lot of photos and testimonials were recovered). I thought of Anne Frank immediately, and the fact that I'd never read her diary. It was a good follow up to the museum, being a very personal story as well as a clear, well-articulate...more
Nikki Nielsen
When I read The Diary of Anne Frank for the first time, I identified with her at every turn. I felt her emotions, I understood the plight she had with her mother. Funny how this time around (decades later) I identify more with her mother. As children we expect our parents to be perfect. As parents we keep the secret that we are still children, just older.

'Friday 20 November, 1942

None of us really knows how to take it all. The news about the Jews had not really penetrated through to us until now,...more
mai ahmd


آن فرانك هي طفلة يهودية من أصل ألماني عاشت في زمن ألمانيا النازية ارتحل والدها أوتو فرانك لهولندا معتقدا أنه سيجد الأمان من إضطهاد النازية لكن الظروف ساءت حين غزت ألمانيا هولندا واضطرت الأسرة للإختباء مع عوائل يهودية أخرى في ملحق لمكتب والدها وفي هذه المذكرات تكتب آن يومياتها في تلك الفترة التي حاصرهم بها الخوف
المذكرات لا تقتصر على الحالة النفسية التي عاشتها آن تحت وطأة ذلك الخوف وفي ظل الظروف القاسية ولكنها تبدو رحلة تحول للكثير من الإنفعالات والتقلبات التي تمر بها أية مراهقة غير أن ظروف الحصا...more
Alana
I realize that this book is supposed to be about the true suffering that took place during the Holocaust, but give me a break. The Franks and the others in the Annex were practically living in luxury! All Anne did was complain. Yes, I get that many of your privileges were taken away, and essentially your freedom to roam. But you are alive! Doesn't that account for anything? On another note, maybe this is because I hang out with guys for the most part, but the way she talked about other girls rea...more
Alia
Nov 24, 2008 Alia rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommended to Alia by: Elle

When I was in Amsterdam last April I went to see the attic space that Anne Frank's family lived in, and became interested in reading her diary again. I read it when I was in grade school, and our tour guide Stephen told us that recently an un-edited version had been released. This version included many negative descriptions of her parents and other house-mates as well as entries dealing with her sexuality. After all, this is the diary of an adolescent girl but I was amazed with how outspoken and...more
JG (The Introverted Reader)
Any kind of synopsis feels extremely redundant, but I'll write one anyway. Anne Frank is a young Jewish girl in hiding in Amsterdam during WWII.

I don't know how I made it to be 31 years old without reading The Diary of Anne Frank. I'm glad I finally got to it though.

I think Anne's diary made the Holocaust real to me in a way that other books haven't because she is a typical teenage girl in a lot of ways. She's growing up, she dislikes her family and "roommates" one day and adores them the next....more
Madeline
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.
Sharon
In 1942 thirteen year old Jewish girl, Anne Frank and her family are forced to flee their home in Amsterdam and go into hiding. For the next two years, Anne and her family hide out the "Secret Annex" located in an office building which they will share with another Jewish family the Van Daan family. Anne begins to write a diary and it is through this diary we learn just how hard life is for her and her family. Anne writes about their day to day struggles from hunger to being isolated from the res...more
Shovelmonkey1
Jan 26, 2012 Shovelmonkey1 rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone
It has taken me a while to gain enough courage to write this book review because how do you tackle a review, the subject of which is a teenage girls final words?

The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank has undoubtedly become one of the most famous works of the 20th century, although it is not likely that she ever anticipated this. Written while locked in secret conclave in an annexe room and spanning just over two years while waiting for the liberation of the Netherlands from the Nazi occupation...more
Manish Ahuja
May 15, 2008 Manish Ahuja rated it 1 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: People who like to read about history
My reasons for not liking the book. I know many people feel that this is more like a life altering book for them. But that's truly not the same in my case.

1. The book is more like hardcore history which has never been my choice of subject

2. I personally did find the book rather dry as it's major gossip written by a girl whose family is in hiding during World War II

3. I'm 22 and I guess I've grown over a book like this


Although i do agree, some (I REPEAT SOME) parts of the book make you smile, but...more
Christopher
This is a perfect storm of heartbreaking literature. It's what you get when you throw an average (albeit unusually clever) girl into the most terrible circumstances this bloody world has seen in recent history.

It's a very unusual document in the field of Holocaust literature. For one thing, there are no gas ovens or train cars crammed with bodies. There's very little suspense and it's filled with quiet moments of happiness. Whereas most Holocaust memoirs are permeated by death, Anne Frank's diar...more
Chris
From my spring/summer, indelibly written in my consciousness, of Life In DC, Walking to the Metro Listening to In the Aeroplane Over the Sea. So Neutral Milk Hotel got me to read it. The shocking part is how normal and boring the diary is ... until it ends. And it does just that. Writing a diary myself, it horrifies me that one day I will have an entry that will be my last. Of course the cataclysm happens in the last three pages where everything goes to literal hell and you just finish the book,...more
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