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Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl

4.08  ·  Rating Details  ·  1,793,342 Ratings  ·  17,941 Reviews
Anne Frank's diaries have always been among the most moving and eloquent documents of the Holocaust. This new edition restores diary entries omitted from the original edition, revealing a new depth to Anne's dreams, irritations, hardships, and passions. Anne emerges as more real, more human, and more vital than ever. If you've never read this remarkable autobiography, do s ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 256 pages
Published December 1st 1982 by Pocket Books (first published 1947)
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Pat Shackleford The orginal is in Dutch. I don't think there would be much difference in reading it in German or English.

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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
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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
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Brenda
Jan 22, 2008 Brenda rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
★
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
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Whitney
Jul 28, 2013 Whitney rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorite, young-adult, own
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
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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
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Monica Edinger
Feb 17, 2008 Monica Edinger rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classic
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Jason Koivu
Apr 09, 2014 Jason Koivu rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: history
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
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Whitney Atkinson
Oct 20, 2015 Whitney Atkinson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 publ ...more
David
Jun 30, 2008 David rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jun 08, 2015 Pollopicu rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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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
Inge
I thought I knew the story of Anne Frank.

I knew the story of how she went into hiding with her family for a few years and wrote everything down in a journal. I knew of the fact that she was captured right at the end of the war, when hope was high and peace was nigh, only to die of typhus a mere few weeks before her concentration camp would be liberated. All of this, I knew, I’d been told many a time in history class.

As it turns out, Anne’s story goes so much deeper than that; I’d only grazed the
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Stephanie
A beautiful and powerful classic about Anne Frank and her family's life in hiding during WWII in the Netherlands.... it's also a coming of age story under these conditions...

I initially read this book as a pre-teen girl. I remember really being able to relate to Anne Frank and her diary at that time and also being horrified and shocked at how the book ended. In this re-read, I knew how the book would end and I am not coming at it with the perspective of a young girl. However, this remains a to
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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!"



I guess the reason this made it on to so many high school curricula is that young people might relate to it, and clearly some of them do, because they wrote pissed-off comments below this review - but this doesn't depict the horrors of the
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HRH
Sep 03, 2007 HRH rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Nandakishore Varma
Apr 05, 2016 Nandakishore Varma rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: memoirs
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 mor
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Jodi Lu
Jan 18, 2008 Jodi Lu rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Antonio
Hice lo impensable, una atrocidad, una perversión, yo, un hombre en sus veintes, he leído el diario privado de una niña de 13 años, sin su permiso



espero la sociedad encuentre la forma de perdonarme, y no tener que enfrentarme a una turba enardecida.

El diario de Ana Frank es uno de los libros más leídos alrededor del mundo, uno de los que posee más fama, siempre se escucha mencionarlo cuando se habla de clásicos, o cuando se habla de la segunda guerra mundial, sin embargo, a mi parecer es más l
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Amarice
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
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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
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Ana {The Good Gif Fairy}
Oct 25, 2015 Ana {The Good Gif Fairy} rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classics
There are no words for this.

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Mia (Parentheses Enthusiast)
I am basically a terrible person.

This isn't a review- I'm not going to go into my reasons for giving this book 2 stars. That would not do anybody any good. I will simply say that I feel extremely guilty rating the book this low, but I hope people understand that it doesn't reflect my view of the Holocaust as a whole, or my views of Anne Frank as a person. I have the utmost respect for both.

The girlfriend of my great-grandfather* lost her mother and her daughter in the Holocaust. Her daughter had
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Kara
Dec 03, 2008 Kara rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Alana
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Nikki Nielsen
Jul 07, 2008 Nikki Nielsen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya
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,
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Jonathan Ashleigh
This was worth the read and enjoyable but was clearly heavily edited (let me say here that the Holocaust did happen). The way the diary begins and what she describes to bring the reader up to date are just too perfect. The father has recently been given the co-author designation after years of lies about the diary being strictly written by Anne. That said, I did enjoy it. I couldn't wait to find out if the boy upstairs wanted to make out or not.
Liam
Aug 25, 2015 Liam rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
As a historical text it's incredibly fascinating and definitely worth the read but it's not really a book you take to the beach on holiday (like I did).

I have studied Nazi Germany for the past 4 years so to read this from the perspective of a young girl was really interesting and quite eerie.

If you are interested in the history surrounding the diary then I'd recommend you read this but if you're expecting a gripping, exciting book then you may not be for you. (In my opinion)

I don't regret readin
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Madeline
Dec 07, 2007 Madeline rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
notgettingenough
16 March, last surviving relative of Ann is interviewed:

http://www.thelocal.ch/20150316/anne-...


19 March, he dies.

https://worldradio.ch/news/0315/anne-...


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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.

Sh
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Annelies Marie "Anne" Frank was a Jewish girl born in the city of Frankfurt, Germany. Her father moved to the Netherlands in 1933 and the rest of the family followed later. Anne was the last of the family to come to the Netherlands, in February 1934. She wrote a diary whil
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