YMMV / The Diary of a Young Girl

  • All There Is to Know About "The Crying Game": Anyone with a passing knowledge of World War II knows exactly what is going to happen to everyone in the Secret Annex before reading the diary.
  • Alternative Character Interpretation: The diary has been assigned in some North Korean classrooms. Students are taught that while Anne had a beautiful dream, she was naïve and stupid for failing to fight against the Nazis. The students are then taught the importance of fighting against other "Nazi" nations, particularly the United States.
  • "Funny Aneurysm" Moment:
    • Everything Anne says about what she's planning to do when she'll leave the house falls into this.
    • There is an annecdote where Peter hangs a notice on the bathroom door in Gratuitous French which reads: "S.V.P., Gas" (Please, Gas).
  • Germans Love David Hasselhoff: The diary is surprisingly popular in Japan, where it was an instant best seller when published.
  • Harsher in Hindsight:
    • The conclusion to the entry in which Anne is recounting how she accidentally threw her beloved fountain pen into the stove fire.
    Anne: I'm left with one consolation, small though it may be: my fountain pen was cremated, just as I would like to be someday!
    • She most likely wasn't cremated though, as it's now commonly assumed that she died of typhus and was buried in the mass grave.
  • Heartwarming Moments: Several, but the biggest one comes at the end:
    Anne: It's difficult in times like these: ideals, dreams and cherished hopes rise within us, only to be crushed by grim reality. It's a wonder I haven't abandoned all my ideals, they seem so absurd and impractical. Yet I cling to them because I still believe, in spite of everything, that people are truly good at heart.
  • Older Than They Think: Some of the things alluded to in the diary, such as a 12-year-old boy rumored to have "gone all the way", the cohabitation, without marriage, of Dussel and his girlfriend, and Anne's own libertine attitudes toward sexuality, would startle many readers who believed that such things started in The '60s.