ANNE FRANK: THE DIARY OF A YOUNG GIRL isn't really the kind of book I feel is appropriate for me to give a rating to for a number of reasons, and probably the main one is that I feel pretty uncomfortable determining whether or not I "enjoyed" reading a book by a real person who died not long after she stopped writing.
I found so many points in her narrative where I felt I knew exactly how she felt -- she talked about love and butting heads with family and feeling like she couldn't really be her "whole" self at all times because of how others react, and I remember feeling so painfully similar when I was her age. At the same time, I can never truly understand how she really felt because reading her words is the closest I've ever been to being in her shoes.
This book reminds us how different people (particularly Jewish people) were affected by the Holocaust. I think, especially with how schools teach the Holocaust these days, the fact that young people, not just adults, were subjected to this treatment isn't drilled into our brains enough. This book shows you that Anne was, among other things, a regular teenager with regular teenage problems, and her life was ended before she was able to complete that stage of her life.
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