Heeeya, heeya, heeeya! *sung to Outkast song Heya*
So this week I read The diary of a young girl by Anne Frank. When I picked this up I thought it would be like one of those school assigned reads, where you force your self to read through it but boy was I wrong! Anne Frank was basically a well mannered 13 year old from our era, what I mean is; she is completely relatable to all teenage girls even though this was written in the 1940’s.
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 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.
I felt really sorry for Anne, she was suffering from depression, she would go to her room and cry every day because she was fed up. Her parents nit picked everything she did, dismissed everything she said and reprimanded her for how she acted. About half way through the book (Should I say diary? It feels a bit weird saying that I have read someone’s diary.) She found her solace in Peter, it saddened me to think that they fell in love, for her father to go and say that she spends to much time with him. After that she never really spoke to Peter again 😭😭 So whilst her parents fed her antidepressants, there was a war going on. It tells you how the war began and how she felt about it (Although I found the political bits boring). I love how she discusses the fights between the Van Daans (Pels) and the routine dental appointments with Dussel. She was very funny and completely lovable. I wished she had gotten to live the rest of her life, she truly deserved it, she was too young to die.
My fave quote:
“It’s really a wonder that I haven’t dropped all my ideals, because they seem so absurd and impossible to carry out. Yet I keep them, because in spite of everything, I still believe that people are really good at heart.”
I really suggest you read it, it is amazing, you will never regret picking it up. Avoid the negative reviews on goodreads and read it! (The cover up top is the edition that I have in my possession)
Thank you for reading. 🙂 🙂