Author: Sharon Dogar
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin
Release Date: 4 October 2010
Date Finished: 25 October 2010
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Challenges: 100+ Reading Challenge, Reading Resolutions, YA Reading Challenge, Hogwarts Reading Challenge,
The Short and Sweet of It
The Diary of Anne Frank retold from Peter's perspective, Annexed re-immerses readers in the secret, anxiety-ridden world of a group of Jews hiding from the Nazis for two years.
The Sex of It aka Why It's (Probably Going to Be) Banned
As you can well imagine, sex is not the primary focus of this novel. It does, however, occupy a much larger place in the text than you probably imagine. Peter spends a lot of time thinking about sex which felt perfectly normal for a 16-year-old boy regardless of where and when he lived. He has explicit dreams about sex, he wonders if he will ever make love, he fantasizes about kissing Anne, he does kiss Anne. And throughout, Dogar handles his sexuality with care and maturity.
The scene that seems to have some people in an uproar:
Anne shivers slightly. Our eyes are locked. I run my fingers all the way down her spine and feel her breathing change...she stretches and sights, turns on her back, closes her eyes. I rest my hand on her stomach. And concentrate. On keeping it there...This is definitely not a sex scene; it's a make-out scene, and even if they were having sex, what exactly would be wrong with that? Two teenagers trapped together in a small space for two years under extremely stressful circumstances? Some sort of sexual activity seems inevitable and practically necessary for survival.
Our faces move closer. I put my hands in her hair...We move closer and closer until we're pressed up tight against each other in the sunlight, her skin's warm beneath my fingers...I hold her so close I forget where she begins and I end.
While I wish I had re-read The Diary of Anne Frank before picking this one up, I have to admit that's a geek moment. Readers who have never even heard of The Diary of Anne Frank will be perfectly able to understand and enjoy this moving story. I just, like a true geek, know that my experience reading would have been even more powerful if I had read "the original" first.
The story vacillates between present-day Peter and annex-Peter, and this set-up - a memory that needs to be told - increased the poignancy of the tale. We know from the very beginning of the story how things will unfold, how it will all end, no matter if we've read Frank or not, and yet Dogar manages to set up the story in such a way that the reader wants to know what's going to happen next. She makes the details as important as the big picture.
This book releases on Monday, and I highly recommend getting it as soon as possible!
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