Monday, April 18, 2011

Annexed Review

Until I get my laptop back, I'm going to try to blog three times a week and then I can go back to doing RTW and Week in Shorts.

Annexed by Sharon Dogar
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 a secret world within a world at war -- alive on the inside, everything dying on the outside.

Peter Van Pels and his family have lost their country, their home, and their freedom, and now they are fighting desperately to remain alive.

Look through Peter's eyes. He has a story to tell, too. Are you listening?

I've been a World War 2 historical kick lately. Now, I haven't read Anne Frank's diary yet so I can't compare Peter's experiences in Annexed to her actual diary. I just found it in the library a couple days ago and intend to check it out once I finish my current round of books.

I absolutely loved the book at first, but as time went on I felt more and more indifferent towards it. The story was intriguing and I enjoyed the peek into what Peter might have felt, but the entire time it felt like something was missing and I couldn't put my finger on what it was. I think it was either due to Peter felt restricted because he was based on actual person or because he didn't seem anything like what one would think.

There were entire parts of Peter's personality that I didn't understand why he did it. Like the whistling scene at the beginning. I seriously started to question whether he was actually sixteen at that point.

I did find the concept that things happened in the Annex with Peter than Anne didn't put in her diary intriguing.

Overall: 6.5 This was a solid book, but there was just something missing for me.