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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.
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on 3 May 2016
The book is split into three sections: the first reveals snapshots of life in the annexe and reminiscences, interesting additional material for anyone who has read The Diary of Anne Frank. The second contains short pieces of fictional writing, and the third section is the novel that Anne started. Anne comes across as a spirited, lively, confident, intelligent and outspoken girl and some of her pieces are more poignant and thoughtful than most adults could write, and it’s so sad that we never got to see how her writing would have progressed as she matured. There are some very moving lines, such as ‘Perhaps I’ll understand when I’m that old’; she has an unwavering belief that she will survive, but of course the reader knows that she will never be ‘that old’. This book, and Anne’s Diary, are must-reads partly for their historical value and the circumstances in which they were written, but also because there is some genuinely insightful writing here, especially about the power of nature and her musings on what it means to be a good person.
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on 22 July 2017
Love Anne Frank, so can only give it 5*
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on 27 October 2013
Very enjoyable and in some places insightful. She was a remarkably mature girl for her years and her 'tales' were entertaining. I would strongly recommend it even if you haven't read the original diaries.
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on 3 February 2016
Bought for my friend for Christmas She was very pleased
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on 31 January 2018
Not as interesting as the Diary nonetheless a decent read.
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on 30 January 2013
It is hard to relate when reading some of these tales that a girl as young as Anne was, could have written them.
Many if not all have a very strong moral tale to tell that despite 60yrs having passed, still hold very true to this day.
Given the chance, Anne would have become a very remarkable woman.
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on 30 July 2014
Fascinating insights into the mind of a young lass; full of dreams and full of promise for the future - a future so cruelly stolen by the sick monsters of Hitler's Germany.
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on 28 May 2016
Very good
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on 20 February 2017
Son .loved it
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