By Anne Frank
The part that makes this book so sad is you already know the ending. As much as you want to root for Anne and her family and friends, you can’t. This is an encapsulating look at what life would be like hidden away for years in an attic. But, more than that, it’s lived through the eyes of a girl going through puberty, which I think makes it even more intriguing. We go through a fourteen-year-old girl’s diary, you can’t get anymore personal and intimate than that. Anne talks about puberty, love, sex, friendship, family, depression, suicide, and even existential crises that is applicable even today. It’s nearly traumatizing to even read, let alone live through.
We get so much story through diary entries. So much character development, even through just journaling! I have no doubt that Anne would be one of the leading activists of the world if she were still alive today. She would make great strides in the political arena. But, nonetheless, this book is a testament to hope. We see Anne struggle a lot while living in the Annex. But, she never loses hope, and still finds joy in so many things. I can’t say I know many people that could say the same. When you get to the Afterward, and you hear what happened to all of the people, it is absolutely heart breaking. I’d be lying if I said it didn’t make me tear up. It’s almost surreal. You’ll get chills when you stop and think, and connect the journal entries to the people. Auschwitz, the March of Death, and other dreadful things. An absolute travesty.
I rate this book 4 out of 5 stars. This is a book of great historical importance and truly a one of a kind. You can never get a book with this same perspective. This is truly a life lived and lost in one of the most horrific ways imaginable. This book wasn’t meant to be a book at all, it was just a journal. And it was Anne talking about her days and weeks, which living in the Annex and never being able to leave didn’t amount to much variety. Because of that, the entries are often very similar, if not nearly the same. Everyone should read this book. If not for anything else, to get a to get an understanding of how easily things like the Holocaust can happen, and how bravery and hope can truly go a long way.
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