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Review: Annexed by Sharon Dogar

Anyone who's read The Diary of Anne Frank might be interested in reading Annexed. This story takes the perspective of Peter Van Pels, the boy who was hidden with Anne Frank for two years.

Annexed is pure speculation, that should be kept in mind while reading it.  No one knows what Peter was thinking during the time he spent in the attic with Anne Frank.  And while Otto Frank spent time with Peter in the concentration camps, no one knows when exactly Peter died.  However, this book does a fantastic job of guessing how things may have been.

Peter becomes a very real person in this book, even though it's fiction.  Obviously he's a real person, but somehow in Anne's diary, he never seemed as tangible to me as he was in Annexed.  But what I found fantastic was reading scenes from his perspective that I'd read in the original diary.   It made me want to go back and re-read portions of The Diary of a Young Girl, with a new eye on what Peter may have been thinking and feeling.

Anyone who enjoys historical fiction or holocaust stories will enjoy this book and I'd expect anyone with a love for Anne Frank will find it quite satisfying.

Cover - 8
Characters - 9
Plot - 8
Conflict - 9
Theme - 9
Style - 9
Setting - 10
Ending - 10
Believability - 10
General Awesomeness - 9

Total = 91

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