Annie on My Mind

Annie on My Mind

Book - 2013 | First Square Fish edition.
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This groundbreaking book, first published in 1982, is the story of two teenage girls whose friendship blossoms into love and who, despite pressures from family and school that threaten their relationship, promise to be true to each other and their feelings.

From the moment Liza Winthrop meets Annie Kenyon at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, she knows there is something special between them. But Liza never knew falling in love could be so wonderful . . . or so confusing.

Of the author and the book, the Margaret A. Edwards Award committee said, "Nancy Garden has the distinction of being the first author for young adults to create a lesbian love story with a positive ending. Using a fluid, readable style, Garden opens a window through which readers can find courage to be true to themselves."

The 25th Anniversary Edition features a full-length interview with the author by Kathleen T. Horning, Director of the Cooperative Children's Book Center. Ms. Garden answers such revealing questions as how she knew she was gay, why she wrote the book, censorship, and the book's impact on readers - then and now.

"No single work has done more for young adult LGBT fiction than this classic about two teenage girls who fall in love." -- School Library Journal

Publisher: New York : Farrar, Straus, Giroux, 2013.
Edition: First Square Fish edition.
Copyright Date: ©1982
ISBN: 9780374400118
Branch Call Number: YA FIC Garde
Characteristics: 263 pages ; 21 cm

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Are you looking for a dose of cuteness overload? Annie on My Mind has you covered. Set (and published) in the 1980s, this book is a classic for straight up Romance. It plays with tropes and leads you through a whimsical tale while still grounding itself in reality.


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TEENREVIEWBOARD
May 18, 2019

Nancy Garden’s book Annie on My Mind about a teenage lesbian relationship was groundbreaking when it was published in the 90’s and still remains a classic LGBTQ+ novel today. Many books centred around relationships (especially books marketed towards teens) tend to feel rushed as the author tries to build passion and romance too fast, but not this one. Liza and Annie’s relationship is strong and fierce and true, and their journey from friendship to romantic love will break you apart before putting you back together again. Liza is supposed to be the perfect student and the perfect daughter, and her life is torn apart when her love for Annie is exposed against her will. Liza felt so incredibly real to me, all of her emotions and actions feeling incredibly natural and authentic. This book is slow and deep and sad, but ultimately it carries a message of hope and love and empowerment. @amiwrite of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

Beaverton_MaryW Sep 26, 2018

At the time this book was written, it was still hard for many gay and lesbian people to be out. This book put a very real and human picture on what many of us had to go through in our young lives. I love that it was one of the few at that time that had a positive message about gay/lesbian love.

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emilyc2017
Jul 18, 2017

If you want to know what true love feels like. Read this book. It was amazing!

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b_xy_p
Jul 09, 2015

Enlightening on homophobia and the struggles of being a lesbian in a judgmental and myopic society. The plot was average, though, in my opinion.

JCLBeckyC Jul 05, 2014

A sweet love story about two seventeen -year-old high school girls. In 1993 the book was not just banned from the Olathe School District, but some members of the community burned it. Author Nancy Garden recently passed away. Here's a nice tribute to her work: http://www.slj.com/2014/06/obituary/annie-on-my-mind-author-nancy-garden-dies-at-age-76/

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sapphicatthedisco
Feb 13, 2014

BEST BOOK EVER

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alyssaj91
Dec 23, 2013

I really enjoyed this book and I completely agree with happyvegan's comment somewhat. But in my experience, all relationships can have their complicated times no matter what. But this story, despite the complicated parts, made a great story about perseverance and growing up. I would recommend it to any teen that wants a coming of age type of story

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Squirt_tastic
Oct 12, 2013

This was the first book I read after coming out to my friends; it was suggested by one. It's an absolutely lovely read and one that I recommend to anyone looking for lesbian fiction.

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Mahra_Jabokwoam
Feb 12, 2011

I loved the book. I think that the two girls had a right to be together and then the one teacher comes and ruins their happiness. I would recommend this book in a flash.

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ReadingintheCorner
Dec 22, 2010

I decided to read this book because I thought it would be a new, different, and interesting perspective to read, as I've never read a story about girls' love before. I found it to be quite a good book, and it kept me intrested until the very end, with every twist and turn. However, I found that the ending was just a bit less than satisfying, so I think it lost points from me there. It's still worth reading, though.

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Sonjahv Jul 12, 2014

"Have you ever felt really close to someone? So close that you can't understand why you and the other person have two separate bodies, two separate skins? I think it was Sunday when that feeling began."

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sapphicatthedisco
Feb 13, 2014

"Annie... I think I love you."

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sapphicatthedisco
Feb 13, 2014

"Annie... I think I love you."

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Mahra_Jabokwoam
Feb 12, 2011

" I love you Annie." is the best four words said in the book.

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eatpeaches thinks this title is suitable for 11 years and over

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ReadingintheCorner
Dec 22, 2010

ReadingintheCorner thinks this title is suitable for 14 years and over

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sapphicatthedisco
Jan 31, 2014

Sexual Content: It is mentioned vaguely that two charecters do it,

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