The Diary of a Young Girl

The Diary of a Young Girl

The Definitive Edition

eBook - 2011
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Anne Frank's The Diary of a Young Girl is among the most enduring documents of the twentieth century. Since its publication in 1947, it has been read by tens of millions of people all over the world. It remains a beloved and deeply admired testament to the indestructible nature of the human spirit. Restored in this Definitive Edition are diary entries that were omitted from the original edition. These passages, which constitute 30 percent more material, reinforce the fact that Anne was first and foremost a teenage girl, not a remote and flawless symbol. She fretted about and tried to cope with her own sexuality. Like many young girls, she often found herself in disagreements with her mother. And like any teenager, she veered between the carefree nature of a child and the full-fledged sorrow of an adult. Anne emerges more human, more vulnerable and more vital than ever.

Anne Frank and her family, fleeing the horrors of Nazi occupation, hid in the back of an Amsterdam warehouse for two years. She was thirteen when she went into the Secret Annex with her family.

From the Paperback edition.

Publisher: Random House Publishing Group


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Oct 14, 2020

It wasn't my favorite.

loops____ Dec 14, 2017

The level of insight and intelligence evident in Anne's writing blew me away. From mundane daily rituals, to accounts of key events, to explorations of self and personal development made this an all-round captivating reading experience. Knowing the tragic outcome, her speculations about the future became a poignant reminder of the tragedies of her time.

LoganLib_Bailey Oct 07, 2016

A must read!

platypus101 Jul 11, 2013

Ya gotta hand it to this teen girl who was writing about her life with such clarity and eloquence when her life was hanging by a thread.

From the pure standpoint of the reader with all emotions set aside, the fact that the diary includes a love interest is a blessing. But even without it, it's a wonderful and at times intense read. Knowing what happens to all of them after the diary ends packs the punch that would've been included had this been a work of fiction, but it's not.

Sarah1984 Feb 05, 2012

A great book. A bit strange to read, knowing the outcome, while Anne doesn't. At times, the book reads like a fictional diary where the author knows where she's going with the story, knows the ending, and is putting in poignant little moments or comments to pull at the reader's heart strings, but of course Anne didn't know the ending when she was writing her diary, and that makes it even more poignant. Reading the last few months of the diary was the hardest because she kept mentioning things she was going to do in October of that year or what she wanted to do after she finished school, after the end of the war, and all I could think was "No, your not going to get to do those things" because the Nazis are coming in a few weeks and you'll die in a concentration camp a few months after that. It was amazing how, with the thought of concentration camps and other horrors on her mind she could still write some really trivial stuff about boys that she was soooo in love with, and the arguments that her fellow companions were having about food and use of the toilet among other things.

Apr 06, 2011

I tried to read this when I was younger, and can even remember writing entries in my diary addressed to Kitty. I believe; however, that I was too young to appreciate this book for what it is. Re-reading this as an adult made me truly appreciate this story for what it is. It is a story of a girl growing up, dealing with the typical struggles all teenaged girls face, even while in hiding. I recommend that if you have read this in your younger years, you re-visit it again.

Dec 02, 2010

This is the first book I read as a very young girl that rocked me to my core - and it still does many years later. Anne Frank is the voice of the millions who lost their lives in the Holocaust.

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For her 13th birthday Anne Frank received a diary she dubbed Kitty. Shortly after her birthday with the fear that her older sister, Margo may be taken by the Nazis the Franks disappear into the night and go into hiding. It is through Kitty that Anne records her thoughts and daily life living behind a bookcase in the secret annex.


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