A Reader posted a review at 2008-09-19 03:47:34.
I just wish I had the insight and sensitivity Anne had at her mid-teens when I was the same age; but then, I didn't have to go through what she experienced at such an early age. Just to think that this clever, precocious girl had to suffer confinement and a terrible death simply because a bunch of kooks didn't like her kind makes me cringe. And still, Anne states: "In spite of everything, I still believe people are good at heart". I think it sums up the essence of the diary, naive and wise at the same time. She recounts her life before and after she and her family went into hiding to escape Nazi persecution, and the hardships they had to suffer, and not precisely because of Nazi harassment; the squabbles and pettiness of some of the annex dwellers could seem in some ways worse than the war going on in the outside world. Although the strained situation in the annex affected Anne very much, she does not despair; she spices her accounts with hilarious and often wicked comments on the people around her, mixed with the difficult, sad situations she had to endure. It isn't really much of an historical reading, it contains little about World War II itself, but it is more a story about coming of age in very unusual circumstances. What a shame Anne Frank had to die, had she survived she probably would have produced an even better work than this one.