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The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank

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I wish I had read this book as a teenager. As an adult, I still consider it an essential read, but this is the diary of a teenage girl, with all the moodiness, conflict, and curiosity that entails. Had I read it as a teenager, I feel like it would have resonated with me in a different way. 

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challenging emotional funny informative inspiring sad tense medium-paced


Key Themes: 
War; Fear; Coming of Age; and Love.
Best (or Worst) Moments: 
I really loved the moments in which Anne talked about her emotions and mental health. It only makes sense that a young girl in the prime of her life, who has been forced into hiding would feel panic and fear and suffer from periods of depression and I love how frank she was about her feelings. 

Was this Book What I Expected?: 
I watched the film years ago in school so kind of knew what to expect, but I love that Anne’s diary alongside illustrating her life in hiding, also outlines all of her emotions and her experience of puberty and development into mature teen. 

I really like Anne’s writing. I find that non-fiction novels don’t usually engage me but Anne’s diary had me gripped. I listened to the audiobook narrated by Helena Bonham-Carter, which was really well done which further added to the experience. The diary was complex, sad, funny, ad delved deeply into relationships in close quarters. 

Things to Research Further 
I really enjoyed this book - would love to read more books about other individuals’ experiences of the war. 

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