Wow…what can I possibly say about this book? I can’t even believe that I’m deigning to write a review for such a classic as this. But it truly moved me in so many ways, and I’m basically just here to tell you guys that if you haven’t read Anne Frank’s Diary of a Young Girl, you really should do so ASAP.
I originally read it back in 9th grade (which was nine —oh my god, yes, it’s really been nine— years ago) for English class and I remembered really liking it, but figured that it was probably about time that I read it again. Well I honestly retained almost nothing from it besides the basic details, so I’m so glad that I decided to give this book a fresh read. It’s extraordinarily powerful, and I doubt that I was able to fully enjoy it as a 13-year-old, although I’m sure that I related quite well with the woes of also-13-years-old Anne.
The best part about this book was how poignant it is in retrospect. Many things that Anne said mean so much more in just knowing how her story ended. It was very depressing, but also beautiful in a way. The whole thing was very bittersweet. Anne’s words teach so many things about life, love, family, and self-discovery…but yet those lessons are tainted by the fact that she was never able to see the powerful effect her life’s work has had on others.
And not only are Anne’s words surprisingly philosophical, what she writes about her own self is extremely intelligent and introspective, especially for somebody so incredibly young. Anne Frank was clearly an old soul, and her thoughts about herself are brutally honest, well formed, and very interesting to read. And Anne changes as the diary goes on — the reader gets to see her transform and grow up into a wonderful young woman…it’s kind of amazing. I cheered for her triumphs and her sorrows were just as disappointing as if they had happened to myself.
There really just isn’t anything that I could possibly say that would do this book justice…it’s one of the most special pieces of nonfiction to ever be written. I enjoyed my experience re-reading it immensely, and I encourage everyone who hasn’t read this book (or who did a long time ago) to pick it up — specifically the “definitive edition,” which has 30% more content than the original — so that they can be impacted by it as much as I have been.