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on 8 June 2015
Reading this collection of Anne's work, it's clear that had she been allowed to grow up, she'd have been a world famous author. Remembering that everything in the book was written by her aged 13-15, her talent is undeniable - her fables/fairy stories are sweet and have strong morals throughout, and her real life recollections are penned in an amusing and engaging way. Personally, I prefer her non-fiction to her fiction, and those who have read the definitive version of Anne's diary will recognize several passages within the book - they can be found in the diary, too. Any loss of life is devastating, but knowing just what Anne could have done for the world with her writings if allowed to grow and mature makes it sharper - she was truly talented.
My only criticism of the book is that about 1/5 of it can be found in most recent editions of Anne's diary, meaning that those familiar with her diary will find themselves skipping various parts of the book. Otherwise, it is an excellent display of the writings of a mature, sensible young lady.