Fast Facts

Title: The Diary of a Young Girl
Author: Anne Frank
Publication date: June 25, 1947
Genre: Memoir, Personal narrative, Jewish literature
Recommended for: 12+

Anne Frank, a thirteen year old Jewish girl, was forced into hiding with her family when the Nazi’s invaded the Netherlands. The diary covered the period from 1942 to 1944 that collected her inner thoughts, immense emotions, and experiences. Anne narrated the difficulties of being confined, the anxiety of being found out, and the complex relationships among the residents of the secret annex. Her book displays the global themes of adolescence, self-identity, and the search for significance in the face of hardship. Unfortunately, Anne’s life was sadly shortened when she and her family were discovered by the Nazis. Despite that, her novel transformed into a lasting display of unwavering resilience of the human essence through unprecedented circumstances. Her diary provides a close insight into her world, serving as a lasting reminder of the impact of intolerance as well as preserving the memory of the Holocaust survivors who faced such atrocities.

The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank is a powerful memoir about her experiences, emotions, and challenges she faced while hiding. This book takes the readers on her journey, witnessing her childhood juxtaposed with the cruel realities of war. I really liked how it was written as diary entries as it felt more personal by illustrating her subconscious and individual growth. I also learned so much about the history of the Holocaust and WW2.  I would recommend this book to ages 12 and older. Be sure to check out her other memoir she wrote- Tales from the Secret Annex!