Genre: Young Adult, Historical Fiction
Source: I purchased a copy.
I grew up with the story of Anne Frank and her diary. I was thrilled when I was younger to discover we shared the same birth date. For these reasons I decided to read this book that is wonderfully told from Peter Van Pels point of view. It was interesting to note that Peter saw Anne as a very annoying child until they had shared the annex for a couple of years. We then find his opinion of her changing. He has begun to fall for her. I kept wondering, if they had both lived, would they have ended up together? Anne tried to look at the good in people and God, whereas Peter kind of took the other road. Anne always expressed herself through her writing. Peter liked to express himself through his drawing. What is interesting about this book is that we look at Peter’s life once he is sent to the concentration camp. No, we don’t really know his story. The author has done a lot of research into what it would have been like. She based it on the accounts of survivors. It is often hard to tell what is actually true and what is fiction because the writing has so beautifully intertwined the facts with fiction. I did enjoy the end of her book where she tells the reader what happened to Anne and those who spent all of that time hiding in the Annex. This is definitely a book not to be missed.