Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Book Review: Being Frank With Anne by Phyllis Johnson

 
Author: Phyllis Johnson
Publisher: Community Press
Release Date: August 1, 2007
Format: Paperback, 181 Pages
Buy It: Amazon
My Rating: 5/5
My Review:
For her thirteenth birthday on 12 June 1942, Anne Frank received a book she had shown her father in a shop window a few days earlier. Although it was an autograph book, bound with red-and-green plaid cloth and with a small lock on the front, Anne decided she would use it as a diary.

In Being Frank with Anne Phyllis Johnson brings us new insight on Anne Frank and her short-lived life. Taking an entry from Anne Frank's personal diary "Kitty" Johnson gives us the poetic take on what happened on that day, in Anne Frank's life. Being a fifteen year old girl, myself, I can relate to Anne, and her feelings of being misunderstood and wanting to achieve the greater things that life has to offer.
In this beautifully written collection of poems, you will feel pain when Anne feels pain. You will feel longing when Anne is yearning for something that is not in her reach. And you will feel happiness in the moments that Anne felt any happiness at all. Phyllis Johnson gives us this book with over one hundred heartfelt poems that will touch you deep inside, and leave you with a new understanding and perspective on what emotion was behind that diary entry so many years ago. This book is a must have for any fan of Anne Frank, Phyllis Johnson, poetry, or just the love of an all-around great book. You will not be sorry you read this book. You will be grateful to have read about something as important and touching as Anne Frank's story.

I would recommend this book to anyone who is a fan of Anne Frank, Phyllis Johnson, or just poetry. I loved the way Phyllis was able to actually take something so horrible and turn each diary entry into such beautiful poetic words.
Phyllis Johnson is diffidently an author to watch. I cannot wait for her next book!

"I finally realized that I must do my schoolwork to keep from being ignorant, to get on in life, to become a journalist, because that's what I want! I know I can write ..., but it remains to be seen whether I really have talent...
And if I don't have the talent to write books or newspaper articles, I can always write for myself. But I want to achieve more than that. I can't imagine living like Mother, Mrs. van Daan and all the women who go about their work and are then forgotten. I need to have something besides a husband and children to devote myself to! ... I want to be useful or bring enjoyment to all people, even those I've never met. I want to go on living even after my death! And that's why I'm so grateful to God for having given me this gift, which I can use to develop myself and to express all that's inside me! When I write I can shake off all my cares. My sorrow disappears, my spirits are revived! But, and that's a big question, will I ever be able to write something great, will I ever become a journalist or a writer?"

Anne Frank wrote on Wednesday, 5 April 1944.

Yes, Anne. You did write something great. And Phyllis Johnson keeps your voice going for many years to come.

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