In some ways, Anne's diary takes the place of her girlfriends. She no longer has any confidantes or girlfriends with whom she can talk. The only other girl close to her age is her sister, so the diary is a place where she can share her secret thoughts that she would normally be sharing with her best girlfriend. She also has the need to communicate and the diary offers a place where she can put down her thoughts. The communication is one way but it offers Anne a release and a place for her frustrations. She often times feels as if she were going to go crazy and being able to express this in her diary helps her. In these ways, her diary offers her solace.