Monday, December 23, 2013

Saddest. Diary. Ever.

The Diary of a Young GirlThe Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank
Reviewed by Jason Koivu
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

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.

I've read reviews of The Diary of a Young Girl that complained about how Frank ignored the bigger picture of the war and that her subject matter was trite, whiny and insular. What else could it be, this diary of a teen secreted away in the compact environs of an attic with the same people for years learning little-to-no outside information?

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.

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