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The Boy Who Loved Anne Frank
The Boy Who Loved Anne Frank
Author: Ellen Feldman
On February 16, 1944, Anne Frank recorded in her diary that Peter, whom she at first disliked but eventually came to love, had confided in her that if he got out alive, he would reinvent himself entirely. This is the story of what might have happened if the boy in hiding survived to become a man. — Peter arrives in America, the land of self-creat...  more »
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ISBN-13: 9780393327809
ISBN-10: 0393327809
Publication Date: 5/22/2006
Pages: 288
  • Currently 3.8/5 Stars.

3.8 stars, based on 16 ratings
Publisher: W. W. Norton
Book Type: Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover
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Punkin avatar reviewed The Boy Who Loved Anne Frank on + 14 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 4
I enjoyed this book, but don't expect it to be AS informative as other "historical fiction", though you do find out some interesting tidbits about the frank family themselves. It focuses very closely on the narrarator's (Peter VanDamme in the Anne Frank Diary) acceptance of what had happened to him and his personal history from his now mid-life perspective.

The book is a very quick read. I give it an average rating, having found neither the writing nor the story to be anything extra ordinary. I expected it to be a retelling of the Anne Frank annex story from the perspective of Peter, which it is NOT - again it is much more a tale of someone who suffers from all the classic symptoms of Post traumatic Stress syndrome - very similar to the type of psychological drama you would read in post-war narratives.
Sheyen avatar reviewed The Boy Who Loved Anne Frank on + 74 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 1
I really enjoyed this book. Even tho it was fiction, it gave a really good perspective of someone who has survivors guilt. I totally could see Peter being a real person who had survived, and then tried to change who he was, but at the same time, retain his history. So many people went through the same things, and so many hid their pain and suffering, and it's a shame.
reviewed The Boy Who Loved Anne Frank on + 3 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 1
This is a very interesting book about what might have happened to Peter van Pels--the boy who loved Anne Frank--if he had not died in a concentration camp. Interesting read!
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What happened to Peter, the boy on whom Anne Frank, as per her diary, had a big crush? Beyond the imaginary exploration of this question lie issues of survivor guilt and how Germans were perceived and treated in post-WW2 America. Very creative and compelling writing, both in content and style.
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