D is for Diary
The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank
This is one of my favourite books of all time, and one of the few books that have made me cry whilst reading. Writing about this book flakes me frustrated about deleting my old blog because i'm sure I wrote a very in depth review of this at the time I read it.
This book is beautifully written, Anne Frank isn't just a teenage girl writing a diary she is an accomplished writer, I wish I wrote so well at her age, I even wish I wrote so well now! Her diary covers the two years her family spend living in a hidden annex in The Netherlands and she is very honest and open about life in hiding. You will grow an attachment to every member of the Frank family and everybody else they share this annex with, and when you know they have been discovered and left to their fate it is very painful to read. Anne is also very optimistic about the future making it quite hard to read when you know how things will pan out for her. I realise that everything i'm saying about this book is depressing, but I don't think anybody reads this book expecting comedy. It's hard to say anything about the content of this book to recommend it as i'm sure everybody has heard of it before, knows what it's about, and knows how it ends, but it is absolutely a must read.
One of the parts of this book that really made me cry was a point where Anne talks abut the suffering Jewish people are facing and why it's only happening because they are Jews. I found it so painful to read because it's so simple but true and you despair thinking how did people allow this to happen.