A Young Girl's Diary, by Sigmund Freud, M. Eden Paul, Grete Lainer, Cedar Paul

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Literally a girl's me its only value was in the comparison to other diaries of much more importance. This girl was an elitist aristocratic wealthy child with very few things to worry about in life and so her diary is quite frivolous and shallow. But then I guess that's (ideally) every 11 year old so can't fault her too much. It's only a shame the diary ended when it did, because it sounded like she really would have grown up in the days following its end, and I would have been interested to read how those events changed her.


I did appreciate the sentiments she expressed after the death of her mother, obviously this would have deeply affected the family and her writing did do some justice to this. But then some qualities of the aftermath (her dad remarrying, for example) were glossed over so there was little to come out of reading this. The shock of her father's death would have undoubtedly been a huge event and it would have been interesting to see the effects.

However all in all, since even for big events she did not really explain very deeply how she was feeling, I'm kind of glad it ended when it did. Now I can go on to something else!