What is wrong with today's kids?
This book really is not inappropriate. In my school, this book was required reading. At page 130, Anne talks about her sexuality in non-graphic detail. My classmates freaked out about it, calling "Fifty Shades of Anne Frank". This is really offensive, comparing this to porn impossible to call literature (Fifty Shades of Grey). Some quit reading entirely, lying to the teacher, saying that they finished it. Some complained that Anne was "a sassy little girl that deserved to die." They obviously were not ready for this book. This book is not like that at all. It is not a piece of porny crap. It is a true account of the horrors of being a Jew in Nazi occupied Holland. Calling it horrible names is very insulting, especially to Jewish people from the Holocaust. The Annexe is a very uneventful place, so expect lots of repetition. The first two thirds of this book is about the families squabbling. The last third is mainly Anne and Peter longing for each other, with lots of kissing and a little distress. If you don't like romance (like me), you will be annoyed at this part (the romance eventually drops). Among these repetitive entries, you will find more important and interesting entries, about subjects such as WWII politics, England's invasion of Holland, and Anne's evolution as a young woman. In this book, you will find positive role models in Mr. Kraler, Mr. Koophuis, Miep, Henk, and Elli for hiding the Franks, the Van Daans, and Dussel. The Jewish people in hiding are very, very. brave. This book is very educational about the Holocaust. There is no violence depicted, but the Jews hear soldiers fighting outside, and Mrs. Van Daan gets very scared when this happens. There is talk of the British invading Holland, and what life in a concentration camp would be like. Towards the end, there is an attempt to assassinate Adolf Hitler, which fails. Eventually, all of the Jews, except for Anne's father, die in concentration camps. Anne talks about her evolution as a young woman, including her sexuality. She mentions her period three to five times. She recalls when she once kissed a female friend, and then asked if they should feel each other's breasts as proof of their friendship, to which the friend refuses. She sometimes feels a desire to feel her breasts. Anne recalls times when various boys have fallen in love with her, and has sexual dreams involving a former love interest, and eventually Peter. Anne and Peter fall in love, where they frequently kiss and hold each other. Anne experiences tension with her dad when he tells her to cool it with Peter. Peter washes in the kitchen, and tells people not to enter the kitchen when he is watching. Peter once shows Anne the male reproductive organs of a cat. However, the sexual content here is not graphic and should not be as offensive as it seems to be. The only language is one use of h-ll by a man, one use of silly a-- by Anne, and mentions of Peter cursing to himself when he is angry. I was able to handle this, but many other kids were not. For them, all of the WWII content was overshadowed by the sexual content. In my opinion, it is maturity and not age that determines whether someone should be able to read this, but people aged 12 to 16 will probably be able to identify with Anne the most.
What other families should know
Great role models
Too much violence
Too much sex