A Young Girl’s Diary, by Anonymous, Sigmund Freud, et. al. (1915)

A Young Girl's DiaryA Young Girl's Diary by Anonymous
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

The title says it all. This is the diary of a young girl. It covers her life from age 11 to 14-1/2.

Grete (Rita, to her friends) is the youngest in a fairly well-off family in Vienna. Her father is a judge, or something similar. Rita's best friend is Hella, and the two decide to keep diaries.

The time is the early part of the 20th Century, prior to World War 1, and Rita and Hella show a naïvete that makes the von Trapp girls look like the Kardashians.

I've read a decent amount of contemporary YA fiction, and I admit it was kind of charming to hear hear 14 year-old girls who blushed at the mere thought that they might have to appear naked in front of their husbands someday.

Disease plays a part. Hella develops appendicitis at one point. She has an appendectomy, and survives, but the recovery period is over a month. Two friends of mine just had appendectomies. The procedures were done laparoscopically, and they were back at work after one week.

I found myself caring about these characters more than I'd thought I would, and I enjoyed the literary time capsule.

I would recommend this as a change of pace to frequent YA readers, but I think fans of Laura Ingalls Wilder's works would find this tale of a very different girlhood most compelling.

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B.A. in Literature, Minor in Film Theory and Criticism, thus meaning all I’m trained is to write blog posts here. Neptune is my favorite planet–it vents methane into the solar system like my brother does. I think Chicken McNuggets look like Pennsylvania, Illinois, and Indiana. There are times when I’m medicated, which is why I wrote about McNuggets. Buy some today and tell me I’m wrong! Anyway, Beyond that: mammal, Floridian, biped.Good Night, and Good Luck. Besos, tom
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