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3.78  ·  Rating details ·  4,704 ratings  ·  736 reviews
I look out the window into the street...I'm meant to be at Mr. Frank's workplace in a few hours. We're arriving separately, all of is. We'll walk into the building just like it was any other visit - only this time we'll never walk out again.

What was it like hiding in the Annex with Anne Frank? To be with Anne every day while she wrote so passionately in her diary? To be in
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Hardcover, 352 pages
Published October 4th 2010 by HMH Books for Young Readers (first published September 1st 2010)
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Alyssa Just because two people might have been through a terrible event doesn't mean they experienced it the same way. Having books like this that are differ…moreJust because two people might have been through a terrible event doesn't mean they experienced it the same way. Having books like this that are different perspective gives us more insight to what happened in the view of two people that went through it.(less)
Sweetheart it is historical fiction, but it is based on the experiences of Peter in the Annex with Anne Frank.

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Allison (The Allure of Books)
I'm not sure how to review a book like this. It is an absolutely brilliant book, but certainly not one I can claim to have enjoyed. Who could enjoy such a story? That being said, I consider it one of the best books I have ever read. It is a moving testimony to bravery, pain, suffering and hope. The Holocaust is not a time in history that we want to remember, but it is a time that we cannot let be forgotten. Books like this serve as a reminder of the lowest of humanity...but also the highest. One ...more
Chelsea
I'll start with a disclaimer: I think I was in entirely the wrong frame of mind while reading this book, so in the interest of fairness, some of my issues with it might very well be just my issues.

That said, I think this was a failed attempt to add something that The Diary of a Young Girl was never missing. Part of the impact of reading Anne's diary is that we don't get to meet the other people hiding in the Annex other than through her eyes. They were systematically murdered during the most hor
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Meredith
Annexed was a bold undertaking. Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl is a pretty sacred Holocaust memoir. To explore Peter's point of view in a novel constitutes a huge literary risk. On some levels, it paid off. But, as you'll notice throughout this review, this book raised a lot of questions for me.

The novel introduces Liese, Peter's fictional first girlfriend and a personification of his sexual awakening. He longs for her while trapped in the annex, and the narrative does not shy away from s
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Angelc
Sep 25, 2010 rated it liked it
This book is possibly the most intense book I have read that wasn't required reading for school. I admire and appreciate the writing and the author's knowledge of the subject, but I can't say that this book was for me.

I would like to address two of the criticisms of the book that I've seen in the media. First, some feel that the author shouldn't have touched Anne's story. I don't agree with this at all. The book respectfully takes another angle on Anne's story and shows her in a different light.
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Maddie
Dec 21, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I liked this account from Peter's perspective of their time in the Annex! It was really eye-opening, and probably true: those hours of boringness, yet those seconds of complete terror that make you long for the boringness once more. I like how Peter even still loved Leise, right through it all, and that he couldn't forget her. I kind of feel like he didn't regret what he didn't do enough, but what could he have done? I can't even begin to imagine the hardship and struggle the Jews went through i ...more
Ângela
Feb 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: world-war-ii

“Maybe i'm ashamed because it's hard not to feel ashamed, when just being born is something you can be killed for.”

I’ve never read Anne Frank’s Diary, but knowing that this book is based on people who actually existed and suffered so much is really awful.

Reading about the WWII is absolutly nerve-wracking and deeply sorrowing, but it is also important once it reminds us of what may happen when we think that we are superior to others and because of that we freely discriminate and look down agains
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April
May 17, 2010 rated it really liked it
Were you assigned Diary of A Young Girl in school? If not, I am willing to bet you know who Anne Frank was and all about the annex. We all know Anne's ultimate fate,but it doesn't make her diary any less touching. Knowing the ending doesn't detract from the emotional impact.
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Inge
May 27, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: young-adult
My test of a good book is the one that completely envelopes your life, the kind that makes you think you're living it even when you're not holding the book in your hands. Though the subject matter is horrific, it has a sense of simple-ness and clarity that you cannot escape from. To say Annexed is powerful is a complete understatement.

Anne Frank teaches her annex-mate Peter the value of words and value of baring witness to the unthinkable events happening all around him.

One of the more breathtak
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Megan
Sharon Dogar's ANNEXED is an interpretive imagining of Peter van Pels, the sixteen-year-old boy whose family hides with the Frank family and Fritz Pfeffer in a secret annex for two years during the Nazi occupation of the Netherlands. This fictional account covers the years spent in the annex and his final months spent at Auschwitz and Mauthausen.

With its publication date months away, ANNEXED has received criticism from both the press and blogs for adding a fictionalized sexual dimension to the s
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Dana
Feb 27, 2012 rated it it was ok
Annexed tells the story of Peter Van Pels, the boy who was in hiding with Anne Frank in the secret annex. This book is historical fiction, as the author bases the story on fact and the rest she “imagines”. I had a hard time reading this book. In a way, I feel as though imagining what Peter felt is disrespectful to his memory. Especially because much of what he feels and thinks about in this book is of a sexual nature. One of his main regrets being that he will die without making love to a girl. ...more
Jaclyn
Feb 11, 2011 rated it really liked it
Emotionally wrenching story based on "The Diary of Anne Frank" but taken from the Peter, the teen boy's point of view that was also in hiding. I found Dogar's writing to be very powerful and showed proof she certainly did her homework while writing this book. It is definetely a mature teen book as some thoughts on sexuality are shared, but nothing is inappropriate. It is just part of the adolescent journey the reader is on with an Peter as he ponders many questions common to young adults:
Why wo
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Abby Johnson
May 14, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: blogged
It's 1942 and Europe is at war. For the Jewish van Pels family, this war means almost-certain death and they have no choice but to go into hiding with another family, the Franks. For sixteen-year-old Peter van Pels, sharing a tiny space with seven other people, this means no privacy. It means that he has to sit around instead of going to fight like a man. And it means he has to put up with Anne, a thirteen-year-old chatterbox who's constantly writing about him in her diary. As the years wear on, ...more
Sherry
Feb 27, 2011 rated it really liked it
Very emotional book to read...........
Mel
Jun 21, 2019 rated it it was ok
May contain contents of the story you won't want to know; possible spoilers, but I'm not listing this review as such. If you don't want to know tidbits just know I do not recommend this book at all.

Can I give it 1.5 stars?

I'm so very disappointed with this book. The chapter titles and the way the story is written comes across as immature, but has sexual content that, imo, should not be in this book. Who is the audience for this book?

To assume that Peter masturbated, (which goes against the Tal
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Cap
Aug 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: holocaust
Have you ever heard about Peter Van Pels? Well, he's definitely not as famous as the girl he was stick in the annex with, but he was a big part of her sanity there and possibly her life. This is the tale of the boy who fell in love with Anne Frank. A story that you can watch the transformation from a hateful bond into a loving relationship after being stuck in an annex together for just over two years. It was interesting to read about this famous annex story through someone else's eyes, getting ...more
Chandler L.
May 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Personal Response:
Annexed was an interesting complement to Anne Frank’s Diary. The book had exciting parts to break up calmer parts. After a calm breakfast, Peter van Pels went to the store downstairs, and found that someone broke into the store. If the burglar found the secret door, the eight living in the annex would be in great danger.

Plot:
The book had an interesting twist to a classic book. Instead of being about Anne Frank, it was about another person in the famed annex, Peter van Pels. The
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JG (Introverted Reader)
In Annexed, author Sharon Dogar imagines what life in the Annex with Anne Frank must have been like for young Peter. We know all about Anne's thoughts and feelings, but surely Peter needs a chance to tell his side of things too. The novel begins as Peter is dying and looking back on his life, desperate to tell someone his story.

The first part of this book was really about 4 stars for me. It wasn't anything hugely different from what I would have imagined, but it was nice to see a different persp
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Johnnalee
Nov 24, 2019 rated it liked it
I have read many fictitious stories about WWII and Nazi Germany, and I would rank this story among the middle tier. It was an interesting take on someone that was so important to Anne Frank.

However, at some points the writing became difficult to follow. It felt like several people collaborated in writing the dialogue, and none of them could agree on how Peter should "sound." I understand that people change with age and life experiences, but the inconsistency in his character was distracting at
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Rebecca
May 27, 2011 rated it liked it
I found this in my local library when my mother dumped me there to entertain myself so she could go around the corner to get an eyebrow wax - something I don't yet want to try as it looks so painful.
I got it out mostly based on the fact that it had something to do with Anne Frank. Having read The Diary of Anne Frank after seeing the 5 episode BBC dramatisation of the book, this seemed like the perfect book that I would like, as well as the fact I am doing my History GCSE on Tuesday on Germany. I
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Kaelyn
Feb 07, 2017 added it
Peter Van Pels and his family have to go into hiding because of the Nazi but they have to hide with another family the Frank's. Peter would rather take his chances on the streets than hid with Ann Frank. As they hid Peters feeling change about Ann they spend hours in the attic as they hid and talk. As they wait for the allies to invade Holland. Will Peter and his family and the Frank's survive intel the allies come.

My favorite part of the story is when Peter goes into hiding with his family.

I wo
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Alex  Baugh
Jan 20, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: world-war-2
Annexed is a fictionalized imagining of the content in the diary kept by Anne Frank in hiding, but this time life in the annex is told by Peter van Pels.

And I have to admit I started reading Annexed with a great deal of trepidation. After all, it had caused quite a sensation when it was published. Sharon Dogar was accused exploiting Anne’s diary and of ‘sexualizing’ her. There were many who did not want to see this Anne Frank. But, while the Anne of the diary may be a symbol of courage and hope,
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Kayla
Feb 05, 2012 rated it it was amazing
When I first saw this book in the book store, I'll admit, I was pretty excited and purchased it right away without a second thought. I'm one of those people who is interested in learning about this ghastly period in history- its just awful to think of what human beings are really capable of. I've always been interested especially about Peter Van Pels. Don't ask me why, I couldnt tell you. However, though my initial reaction was that of interest when I got home and thought about it I became wary ...more
Bookventures Book Club
May 19, 2010 rated it really liked it
I delved into this book, having prior knowledge about the history behind it; the story of Anne Frank a young Jewish girl, her family and friends who took refuge in an attic during World War Two. I was also aware of their sad and tragic end. However Anne Frank’s diary serves as the only piece of evidence that gives us a glimpse of these people and what it must have been like hiding from the Nazi. Naturally, these snapshots are taken from Anne’s perspective and the reader never really gets a chanc ...more
BOOK BUTTERFLY
3 1/2 stars

BOOK OPENING:

"May 1945- Peter: Austria, Mauthausen, Sick Bay I think I'm still alive. But I'm not sure. I'm ill. I must be because I'm lying down. We never lie down. In the camps there's no such thing as rest." - Prologue; Page 1Annexed

NOTABLE SCENE:

We stare at each other but not for long. We are shocked. We are scared. We are so tired and thirsty we cannot think. We cannot take it in. We have seen that they'll kill us if we do not do whatever they want—and quickly. We glance at
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Brittany
Oct 05, 2010 rated it really liked it

I’ve been interested in Anne Frank’s story for the longest time. I have seen the films and read the books. I had no idea this book was even coming out! So, as soon as I found out, I got my hands on it and devoured it in one day. It was amazing.

As mentioned, I’m eager to get my hands on anything that chronicles Anne Frank’s life and her experience in the annex. This re-telling is a little different, it’s told from the eyes of Peter van Pels. I’ve always liked the story behind Peter an
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Levi Erdmann
Dec 10, 2015 rated it really liked it
My response to "Annexed" by Shanon Dogar is that it is a very boring boook but it really starts to pick up towards the end. I thought that the end of the book was very interesting and that it portrayed life for a jew during World War II very well. I like books and facts about the World War II era, so, I found this book very interesting because it also involves Anne Frank and her famous diary. I thought that having Anne Frank involved was very interesting and that I learned a lot about her. This ...more
Ashley Ziemer
Life in hiding was far from easy. Riding on the kindness of friends to bring news, food, and water was an unfortunate way of life. Living in fear, knowing any minute you may be found and forced under the Nazis' control was no life for a adult, much less a child. All these things can be learned through a diary of a young Jewish girl, Anne Frank. However, we only learn about life in the annex from Anne Frank's perspective. Sharon Gogar offers a fictional depiction of how life in the annex, as well ...more
Christin
Jan 15, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Like many reviewers (middle/high school teachers) I began this book with a great deal of apprehension and "here, we go another sequel" attitude. I was wrong. In a rare, but beautiful case of books that are considered companions to great works of art, "Annexed" has blown me out of the water. Doger has taken the grace, depth, and emotional turmoil of Anne Frank and placed it into the young man of Peter van Pels. His perspective on the entire war, the Jewish people, and his years in the hidden anne ...more
Alsie
Jan 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favourite-books, 2015
Before reading:
Oh my gosh, I so desperately want to read this! I loved reading about Anne Frank and her history - and now to know this exists is just great news!

Review:
Annexed was a brilliant and powerful book. The story stayed true with the Anne Frank Diary, which was great. It was a real eye-opener, to read their experiences in the Annexe from Peter van Pels perspective. And plus, the author had added what it may have been like in the concentration camp, which almost had me brought to tears.
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Megan
Jun 24, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: ya
Sixteen year old Peter van Pels dreams of falling in love. But when he and his family are forced into hiding during the Holocaust, Peter wonders if his daydreams will ever become reality. Peter is at a loss to understand the seven people he is suddenly sharing a tiny attic space with, especially the imaginative chatterbox Anne Frank. As the dynamics within the annex ebb and flow, Peter and Anne's relationship grows and changes. Although he was once sure that Anne was nothing more than a self-ce ...more
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