The Diary of a Young Girl

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Diary written by a Jewish teenage girl, while hiding in Amsterdam during World War II with her family. The period covered is 2 years (1942-1944): from the moment when she receives the diary as a birthday present, shortly before she has to hide, until they are discovered by the Gestapo and sent to concentration camps.

Anne has to vent her feelings, but she can't trust anyone to do it: so she decides to write it all down in her diary for Kitty, an imaginary friend. The book is a simple and faithful testimony of the thoughts of a 12-15 year old girl, who was forced to mature early because of the hardships she endured.

She also tells of her fondness for a boy who is also hidden, but who is very introverted and weak in character, which even for her reveals a disappointment. Written with sincere feelings and the passion of a teenager, who is looking to get to know herself, but who acknowledges that she still doesn't know herself well.

Author: Jorge Gaspar, Portugal
Update on: Mar 2023