The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank

Heartbreaking, heartwarming, inspirational, maddening, frustrating and a thousand other descriptive terms probably only scratch the surface of the emotions that are stirred up when you read this book. If I made a top ten list of the best books I’ve ever read, this would be in the top five. In the thirteen days it took to read this, and believe me you could do it much quicker, this young girl became a friend that I laughed with, wanted to cry for, and even knowing how it would end, hoped against hope for.
Passages in which she dreams about the future, how she wants to do something to be remembered for, the places she wants to see and the subjects she wants to study, her desire to never be an everyday housewife and the compulsion she feels to be a writer all come together to make you wonder what could have been. Her talent for self reflection was amazing and she writes on subjects some twice her age wouldn’t know how to even broach.
She was funny and smart and wonderfully full of life. Though it has never been discovered who betrayed their hiding place to the authorities, she was ultimately killed by senseless hate and ignorance, killed by someone who didn’t understand that she was a person, just like the rest of us.
This should be required reading in schools and in our social climate today, I would recommend it to anyone.
It will leave you heartbroken, and you’ll be a better person for it…

“I keep my ideals, because in spite of everything I still believe that people are really good at heart.
How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.
Whoever is happy will make others happy too.”-Anne M Frank

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