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Monday, August 23, 2010

Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl.

I was supposed to read this book in middle school, but I chose not to because I knew the story already and I was home schooled so I could do stuff like that. I chose not to read it because I was a big chicken. It made me sad just thinking about it and I did not want to read about what this girl who was my age was having to go through.
Now, just about 10 years later I decided it was time to man up....erhmm...I mean, woman up and read it. I had been missing out on so much. It was beautiful, inspiring, and tragic.

This girl starts out with everything and gets it all ripped away from her because Hitler blames the Jews for the fall in Germany. Anne's diary starts off a few days before they have to go into hiding, then for the remainder of the time they are in their "Secret Annexe" .
What I loved about it is that she is just a regular girl. She's not trying to write anything special, just the goings on in their secret life. How they eat, how they sleep, how they go to the bathroom. How one day she feels so grown up and independent and the next she needs everyone around her. She misses school and cannot wait to go back. There is always an underlying fear though, that they will get caught and sent to a concentration camp and die there, or not even make it that far and just get killed the second they are found. But she is almost always optimistic. Writing about how when the war ends and they get to leave their hiding place she is going to take all of her notes and scribbles and make them into a book about how those years in hiding were.
It has such a sad ending though. I knew it was coming but I couldn't help myself wishing and praying that something would change. So if you are not in the mood for a tear jerker, you should probably postpone reading this one. I say postpone because I now will not encourage skipping it entirely. It is too good of a story.
4/5 is my vote. I thought about 5/5 but since the end made me cry and not in a good way I had to take a point away.
Happy reading. :)

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