New Anne Frank Book Includes Sex Exploits

Published: June 21st 2010
in Culture » Books


Teen fiction author Sharon Dogar will publish her latest book, Annexed, in September. The novel is a fictional account of diary entries by Peter van Pels, a close friend of Anne Frank. 


"Everyone knows about Anne Frank and her life hidden in the secret annex - but what about the boy who was also trapped there with her?" the book description reads. "What was it like to be forced into hiding with Anne Frank, first to hate her and then to find yourself falling in love with her? Especially with your parents and her parents all watching almost everything you do together. To know you're being written about in Anne's diary, day after day? What's it like to start questioning your religion, wondering why simply being Jewish inspires such hatred and persecution?  Or to just sit and wait and watch while others die, and wish you were fighting."  


In its love story of the young couple, Annexed also reportedly includes intimate scenes between the two teenagers who lived in the same Amsterdam building in real life. The inclusion of sexually-themed scenes in Annexed has angered several of Frank's family members. Her cousin Buddy Elias told The Sunday Times, "Anne was not the child she is in this book." He said, "I also do not think that their terrible destiny should be used to invent some fictitious story." 


In the Diary of Anne Frank, readers were introduced to van Pels. Frank admitted she had romantic feelings for van Pels, but never discussed any experiences with him pertaining to sex. Elias also said van Pels' characterization in the book is not accurate based on how he was described by Frank's father.


Annexed will be Dogar's third book. The British author previously published the titles Falling and Waves.


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