Annexed

Annexed

by Sharon Dogar
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Sensitivemuse More than 1 year ago
Just reading through this was difficult as it leads to the inevitable tragic ending. However, I thought it was interesting, the story being told through Peter's point of view. It's well written and although some parts were fictional, others were factual and pretty much fully accurate. As you read through the book, Peter has his 'philosophical' moments with Anne, which..I found a little odd coming from a teenage boy. However on the other hand, there were moments where Peter does act like his age - his references to Lise are frequent, and his sullen sulky moods are also prevalent. At least in that, Peter is shown acting like a teenager. During the moments where they were almost caught, still gave me a moment of panic even though I already knew what was going to happen to them. Dogar does a good job writing here, as she successfully attempts to re-create the feelings of unease, and the feelings of uncertainty the inhabitants of the Annex would have experienced. I also liked how their 'happy' moments were treasured no matter how trivial it might be. It was moments like those, that kept them going and to keep surviving no matter how bleak the situation was. What really got me the most was the part with Peter and his father. It was a touching moment that brought tears to my eyes. What Peter's father did was what any loving parent would do for their child. It's more painful as Peter came so close to surviving towards the last final days of the war. I do recommend this book to others who are interested in Anne Frank, or are into Holocaust studies. It's well written and well worth the read. It's certainly an interesting point of view as we're so used to hearing about Anne Frank.
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Annexed is a really interesting look at the story of Anne Frank through the eyes of Peter. This novel will make you laugh, cry, and feel their terror as you go through the journey with the characters. Sharon got the characters spot on. Anne was portrayed perfectly from her non stop chatting to her quick emotional shifts. Peter was more revealed in this novel. Through Sharon's words you begin to see how Peter might have been in life. Introverted, smart, brave, and willing to survive, Peter was amazing. At first I just wanted him to shut up and quit whining, but as the story progressed I loved him more and more. This novel also gives a great sense of what it would be like as a Jew during this time period. Dogar isn't afraid to show the more gruesome acts that were inflicted on this people. It was enough to make you shake your head, crying. Read Annexed. It is definitely worth it
kittycrochettwo More than 1 year ago
When I first started reading Annexed, I wasn't sure how I would feel about it, I had read The Diary of Ann Frank as a teen and wasn't sure how much of the story I actually remembered, but "Annexed" transported me back to Ann Frank, giving me a whole new perspective on life in the Annex, because we hear the story from the voice of Peter Van Pel, a young man just about to turn 16, who was hesitant about hiding out with the Franks, actually not really liking either of the Frank daughters but in the end, the families become close, and its easy to believe that young Peter could have fallen in love with Ann. This book is broken into two sections, with the first section giving us a glimpse of life in the Annex thru the eyes of Peter. He is a typical 16 year old boy, he grieves the loss of his first girlfriend Liese, wondering what might have happened to her when her family is taken away, knowing he and his family is going into hiding with the Frank's but dreading it. The finality of what is to be as the door closes and he spends the next two years in the Annex, the close quarters become stifling. He didn't really even like the Frank family in the beginning, but after spending time together he and Ann become close. While she expresses herself thru words he draws, and they both talk about what they will do once the war is over. Unfortunately they never get the chance to find out. The second section of the book is The Camps, which allows us to follow the Franks and the Van Pel's as they are taken on a train to the concentration camps. While it is a fictionalized account of what Peter experiences in the camp, they are reconstructed from others who survived.The accounts are so real that you can feel Peter's suffering. Hating the person he had to become in order to survive, often wondering if he was the only Jew left. In the epilogue the author gives us an actual account of what happened to the eight from the Annex. The author does an outstanding job of weaving fact with fiction,the story of Peter and the concentration camp is something I will never forget. A thought provoking story that puts a different spin on the time spent in the annex. A book that shouldn't be missed!
CaptainDDH More than 1 year ago
I LOOOVVVEEEDD this so freaking much! DO NOT LISTEN TO WHAT OTHERS ARE TELLING YOU! It is so touching and sweet and does NOT have a lot of sex in it. They simply disscuss it. But I mean- they're teenagers- with hardly any hope for the future- what're they gonna do? Play scrabble? Anyway, the part at the end had me (of all people -.- I don't cry easily) had me in tears. She tells a very beautiful story of the possible POV of Peter. A bit confusing with the name changes, but she was being respectful of you jerky die hard- we will defend Anne Franks Diary to the end- fans (Who, bless there souls, ANNOY THE HELL OUTTA ME) Besides, if this storu was boring to you Anne Franks Diary must have been a DRAAG, so go read it and weep!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Really sad in the end but overall I loved this book and I would recomend it for anyone 13+
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book made me see that we really are blessed in what we already have. We should be thankful. Very inspiring read. A definite must read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Annexed is a book that I will definetly read again. I read the diary of Anne Frank and it made me think that Peter was hapoy to be safe, but really, he was not too thankful. I was surprised at all of the things that just popped up. Great read
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a terribly sad tale shown through Peter's eyes. The author eloquently brings you intp the dark little attic and shows you what their world was like. I highly recommend this book to anyone interested in that time period and Anne Frank.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you liked The Diary Of Anne Frank, you will like this.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A further look into the annex, very well written except it had some dull moments.
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Wow.
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This a great read
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I have already read this book but i will read over and over but i still love it!!!
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Absolutely fantastic.
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Perry-the-Ducktipus More than 1 year ago
It's a good book. Pretty Good I guess, you don't get really attached to any of the characters. I would recommend it to a friend....
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