Author: Sharon Dogar
Release Date: September 1, 2010
Edition: Paperback (352 pages)
Genre: Historical Fiction
Cover Review: It's very symbolic of the story.
Main Character: Peter van Pels
Everyone knows about Anne Frank and her life hidden in the secret annex – but what about the boy who was also trapped there with her?Annexed was pretty good. I read it right after I read the Diary of Anne Frank. The interesting thing about Annexed is that it's told through Peter's point of view. We also get a view of what he goes through at the concentration camps. It was really interesting to find out what Peter thought of everybody in the house. He really liked Anne, which I found pretty interesting.
In this powerful and gripping novel, Sharon Dogar explores what this might have been like from Peter’s point of view. What was it like to be forced into hiding with Anne Frank, first to hate her and then to find yourself falling in love with her? Especially with your parents and her parents all watching almost everything you do together. To know you’re being written about in Anne’s diary, day after day? What’s it like to start questioning your religion, wondering why simply being Jewish inspires such hatred and persecution? Or to just sit and wait and watch while others die, and wish you were fighting.
As Peter and Anne become closer and closer in their confined quarters, how can they make sense of what they see happening around them?
Anne’s diary ends on August 4, 1944, but Peter’s story takes us on, beyond their betrayal and into the Nazi death camps. He details with accuracy, clarity and compassion the reality of day to day survival in Auschwitz – and ultimately the horrific fates of the Annex’s occupants.
I would highly recommend this book to anybody interested in the Holocaust. It was amazing and insightful. I learned just as much as I did when I read Anne's version of the story. I can just say that I couldn't imagine being in this situation. I feel so bad for the characters, and knowing that they're not just characters makes it even sadder.