Boy Who Loved Anne Frank

Boy Who Loved Anne Frank

by Ellen Feldman


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"An appealing and inventive novel…original and cathartic."—Dana Kennedy, New York Times

On February 16, 1944, Anne Frank recorded in her diary that Peter, whom she at first disliked but eventually came to love, had confided in her that if he got out alive, he would reinvent himself entirely. This is the story of what might have happened if the boy in hiding survived to become a man.

Peter arrives in America, the land of self-creation; he flourishes in business, marries, and raises a family. He thrives in the present, plans for the future, and has no past. But when The Diary of a Young Girl is published to worldwide acclaim and gives rise to bitter infighting, he realizes the cost of forgetting.

Based on extensive research of Peter van Pels and the strange and disturbing life Anne Frank's diary took on after her death, this is a novel about the memory of death, the death of memory, and the inescapability of the past. Reading group guide included.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780393327809
Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date: 05/22/2006
Pages: 288
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.80(d)
Age Range: 14 - 18 Years

About the Author

Ellen Feldman is the author of the novels Lucy and The Boy Who Loved Anne Frank. She writes for the American Heritage Web site and is a sought-after speaker. She lives in New York.

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Boy Who Loved Anne Frank 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Interesting and brave book that deals with the premise that Peter lived,and what he did with that life as as survivor.It fascinated me how the character repressed and then discovered truths both real and some distorted about himself and family. Would recommend this book, it has a lot to say.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Man, when I first saw my dad's girlfriend read it, I told her that she had to let me borrow it. I really got into this book, and I couldn't even stop reading it! I really wish that it wasn't a novel, but the real thing that happenend to him. I even forgot that Ellen even wrote the book! I totally recommend this book, but not for anyone who is under 12. All I have to say for this book is: OUTSTADING!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved this book. I could not put it down and read it in one sitting. It intermingles so much of the 'Diary' and his imagnined life that you get truly engrossed in believing it's real.
Danielle23 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
An interesting story but one that could have been longer with more development.
gwendolyndawson on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The fictional story of Peter Van Pels, the teenaged boy who shared the Secret Annex with Anne Frank and her family. This is the story of the grown-up Peter with his own family and his haunted memories of Anne. Compelling in parts but a bit thin overall.
RochelleT on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Not what I expected! This story surprised me and took me away from the cliche I thought it would be. There is much depth to the main character and when he cannot let go of his past and chooses to accept, discover and divulge it becomes raw and real.
suesbooks on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Quite interesting novel that was mostly believable. It certainly had me thinking about how our past experiences affect our present. Can't argue with the importance of the family bond.
gfreewill on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I read this from cover-to-cover in one evening¿s time. It is a fictional story about Peter van Pels, the young boy who hid with Anne Frank when she wrote her diary and what his life would have been like if he survived. This was a very psychological book, in that in Peter¿s character you could see many of the effects that a Holocaust survivor might have dealt with in family and professional life long after leaving the camps. At times, I really believed that the real Peter had survived and the author talked to him before writing the book. So all in all, it was sad and bittersweet, but very well written and researched. I would recommend it if you like this kind of book.
allene68 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I read this book after reading Night by Eli W. and found it hard to put down tell I finished it. I liked how the book was written and although a work of fiction helped me glimpse a little of what survivors went through. I thought it was interesting how Peter rationalized his behavior ("all the other survivors might have a problem but not me"). thumbs up for sure!
writestuff on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A very human glimpse into the aftermath of the horrors of the Holocaust...and what it might be like to survive something one would rather forget. It raises great questions about faith, fear, denial, the fragile nature of memory, and how far a person might go to keep a secret about their past. Feldman got her idea for this book after visiting the Secret Annex and hearing a guide remark that the fate of all its inhabitants was documented except for Peter's (this was later discovered to be untrue...but not until Feldman was far along in her research and writing of the novel). Feldman weaves a tale of who Peter might have been had he survived. She creates an unforgettable character in Peter; one who haunted my dreams after finishing this book. Highly recommended!
godfreysmama on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A fictional novel about Peter, the boy who was also hiding in the secret annex. It is about Peter surving the holocaust and moving to America. How Peter responds to the publication of Anne's diary is engaging.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I recently read this title with my book club. This book could have been a really great story. The concept was fabulous.I wish the author would have spent more time on Peter's past life or with his current family life. Peter seems more focused on his mental problems than anything else. The 'Diary of Anne Frank' is such a well known story. This book will benefit from the association, but is a bit of a let down.