The Diary of a Young Girl, Anne Frank

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  1. Malia P. Says:

    Summary: As one of her birthday presents, Anne Frank receives a diary from her mother. As changes start to happen in Frankfurt, Germany, Anne writes in her diary about everything that is going on in her life. After her family hears about the Nazis invading the country they proceed to go into hiding. While in hiding, they share an annex with the Van Daan’s, who had different characteristics, which caused Anne to clash with them. In addition to sharing the annex with another family, they all have to make sure that they use a little electricity as possible; that way there is a smaller chance that the Nazis will find them and take them to a concentration camp, where they will most likely be killed along with lots of other Jews. Anne’s diary suddenly comes to a stop on August 1, 1944. Her family was most likely found by the Nazis and sent to a concentration camp.

    Evaluation: I would recommend this book for anyone interested in learning more about the Holocaust. I would also recommend it for people looking for a new point of view to learn about it from; that way you get a straight translation from the diary of someone that experienced it and not from a textbook written by someone that has only done research.

    Rating: 4 stars

    Recommendations: Looking for Alaska by John Green, and The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein

  2. Chloe H. Says:

    Summary:
    The Diary of a Young Girl is Anne Frank’s published diary in which she recorded her experience of living in hiding due to her Jewish heritage and the occupation of Holland by the barbaric Nazis. Anne’s diary begins when she receives an unwritten notebook and a fountain pen (her most prized possession which eventually by accident becomes swept up and burned in the fireplace). Anne first speaks of her life before the occupation and how quickly her life changes when her and her family have to conceal themselves in the “Secret Annexe” of an office building. The Frank family is also accompanied by the Van Daan family and a man named Mr. Dussel which causes the “Secret Annexe” to be rather crowded. Because it is unsafe for any of the occupants of the “Secret Annexe” to go to the outside world, Anne’s entries often contain that of what has been occurring around her, such as complaints about her companions, daily routines, updates on her studies and occasional reports about war stricken areas from the BBC radio. Anne describes the sounds of the bombs falling all through the night and the lost child in a panicked crowd but besides that and the uncommon radio updates she often does not speak of what is going on in the outside world. Although the days often string out, all the occupants of the “Secret Annexe” eagerly wait until the next visit from their friends Mr. Koophuis, Elli, and Meip who bring them supplies, books, food and information. On August 1st, 1944 the last entry from Anne’s diary is added when it comes to an abrupt stop, which can only imply the capture of the families in the “Secret Annexe”.

    Evaluation:
    I would definitely recommend this book to those who wish to understand what the life of a girl in hiding experiences, but I personally did not love the book because I was expecting that there would be more historical information. I believe that this book would be loved by younger audiences due to their ability to relate to the young Anne and the fact that there is little to no gruesome details from the extremely grotesque WWII.

    Rating: 3 stars

    Recommendations: The Hobbit by J.R.R Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings trilogy by J.R.R Tolkien and Harry Potter by J.K Rowling.

  3. Thao N. Says:

    Summary:
    The book is a collection of Anne Frank’s diary, a young girl who was with her family in hiding Nazi soldiers. This book describes everything that a little girl of thirteen might undergo, like: friendship with other girls, early feelings with boys, and her ability to learn. Living a life of hiding, Anne learns more about life when the place they hid are all crowded and nobody really has their own space. When people who lived with her have different personalities, and she had to understand them for them and her to get along to each other. After so many emotional went ups and downs, her view of human behavior, and her loneliness. German soldiers discovered her family and they were arrested in 1944, and her diary ends shortly after that.

    Evaluation:
    I recommend this book to who like books about history stuff. I don’t really like this book because its has a really sad ending, and I feel very hurt, broken, after I finished the book. However, the book is really on how to show reader to know the life back then.

    Rating: 4/5

    Recommendation: P.S. I Like You by Kasie West

  4. Reece G. Says:

    Summary:
    Anne Frank, a Jewish teenager alive during Nazi Germany’s mission to exterminate the Jewish people, and her family are forced to flee their home of Frankfurt, Germany and go into hiding in an annex above Otto Frank’s office in Amsterdam, Netherlands. She, her family, and another family live in the annex for about two years with the business owner and his employees bringing them food and supplies. Anne feels torn between who she is culturally and wonders why people inherently dislike her. She also has a hard relationship with several people in the annex including her mother. Many of them are on edge because discovery of them would result in the death of Otto, his employees and everyone in the annex. Anne’s diary ends without an entry on August 1, 1944. We can only assume she was betrayed to the Nazis and sent to a concentration camp.

    Evaluation: Anne Frank’s diary was only meant as a personal notepad to express herself when she could not do so publicly. Although the book was originally just her daily thoughts and the literature is a bit rough because of translation from German, it still serves as an incredibly important reminder of the individual experience of systematic bias and oppression that so many still endure.

    Rating; 3.5/5

    Recommendations: Harry Potter and the Sorcerers Stone by J.K Rowling.

  5. Veronika P. Says:

    Summary:
    By reading half of the Anne Frank book, so far what happened was that there was this girl named Anne who had changes happening in her life. As the Germans took control of Holland, she had to flee with her Jewish family to move in and hide in a corner part of her dad’s office behind a secret bookcase that was called the Secret Annex. As Anne spent her time in the Secret Annex she meet some people along and wrote in her journal. As the years went on, the family and friends that lived in the Annex were discovered by the Germans. The whole Anne family had to be separated and sent to different concentration camps. Anne was sent to the Bergen Belsen camp, and took on the job of cleaning toilets just to see her dad for a few seconds, while her sister had to be sent away in a different family because she was sick. After that the Americans got permission and took away. This book tells the many stories about different people such as Bloeme Evers-Emden and Lenie De Jong-Van Naarden and their lives in the Holocaust. Some of the questions I had with this book was that how come the Jews had never rebelled and rose up and this answered my question because in the book is showed that due to the careful organization of the Germans the Jews were unable to resist of the killings. The Germans also had more power and guns and resources in order to commit the crimes upon the Jews. The main purpose the author wrote this book is to help us have knowledge and inform us about what it was like to live during the Holocaust and what struggles and changes the people had to go through. Also how we should have the appreciation and silence for the ones who suffered. Anne Frank said “Everyone has inside of him a piece of good news. The good news is that you don’t know how great you can be! How much you can love.” This amazing story will teach you about how you should have love and patience and love your friends and family; It shows you how to face everything with positivity even if it is hard. Also it shows you that whenever you have your challenges and obstacles that you should never give up, such as Anne who persevered through the pain and had a strong desire to live. Also when Anne and her family had to flee the Secret Annex because of the bad news they had heard about the war they never gave up and had the desire to survive and to continue their normal lives after the war was over.

    Evaluation: I would definitely recommend this book because this will help you learn about the many different lives of Jewish people and what hard and tragic lives they had to go through during World II. Second of all, this book will help you understand the many different and unusual situations and changes they had to go through. This book also showed how once you strip someone of their humanity, you can become cable of committing unspeakable acts that allow suffering that can be inflicted on innocent people on a daily basis.

    Book Recommendations: The Scorch trails by James Dashner, The Fault in Our Stars by John Green.

  6. Tia S. Says:

    Summary: The diary beings soon after Anne turns 15 in 1942. It begins like a regular teen girl’s diary but then changes dramatically once the Nazis invade her country. Her family is forced into hiding with another Jewish family in an annex above the office of Otto Frank. Not long after the Franks move in, Albert Dussel join them, and Anne is made to share her room with him. The diary follows Anne’s life in the annex, with appearances from her many roommates. She describes her thoughts towards the war and oppression and her feelings towards the others in the annex. The diary comes to a sudden halt on August 1, 1944 where it can be assumed the annex and people living in it were discovered.

    Evaluation: This was a very good book; it was incredibly informative and kept your attention. It sheds a different perspective on the Holocaust than a textbook would by including the emotions of those whose lives were affected by the tragedy. The language isn’t difficult though the subject matter is fairly heavy, so be prepared for that.

    Recommendations: The Book Thief by Markus Zusack, Chains by Laurie Halse Anderson

  7. Maddy M. Says:

    Summary:
    Anne Frank, born in 1929, a 13 year old at the time, receives a journal for her birthday. She writes in it daily about how she lives with her family in Frankfurt, Germany. Anne has few friends and attends a Jewish lyceum school. Anne’s sister Margot tells their father that she got a call from the SS, elite Nazi guard. Their entire family, which includes Margot, Otto (her father), Edith (her mother), all go into hiding. They hide with Mr. Van Daan, Mrs. Van Daan, and Peter Van Daan, a family that had worked with Otto before. Albert Dussel also joins them later on in the book. He is a dentist and ends up sharing a room with Anne; these two don’t get along together. The group had to keep quiet in the annex they are staying in. Along with this, they had to burn their trash, use as little electricity as possible, and have a woman named Miep and a man named Bep, continuously bring them food. Miep and Bep both worked in Otto’s office. The family could not show any signs of them living. If they did not follow those rules, the Nazis would find them and send them to a concentration camp, where they would soon be killed, along with many other Jews. Anne’s journal comes to a stop on August 1, 1994. Her and her family were most likely taken and killed.

    Evaluation: I do recommend this book for people who want to learn about what it was like during the Holocaust at that time. However, this book is not my favorite. It is very stressful and sad that the family can’t be accepted for whom they are, but it is good to see the difference from today and then how Jewish people were treated.

    Book Recommendations: Cornelia and the Audacious Escapades of the Sumerset Sisters by Leslie M.M. Blume, and Paper Towns by John Green

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