Annie on My Mind
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Annie on My Mind

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by Nancy Garden
     
 

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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.

Of the author and the book, the Margaret A. Edwards Award committee said, "Nancy Garden has the

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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.

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.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

“Brings this classic of the genre to a whole new generation of readers.” —Publishers Weekly

“The body of adolescent literature has waited for this book a long time . . . Gut-level believable.” —VOYA

“An eye-opener (maybe ‘heart-opener' is a better term) . . . Just the thing to provoke some honest conversation.” —The Milwaukee Journal

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Garden's exceptionally well-rendered tale concerns two teenage girls who fall in love with each other. Ages 14-up. (Sept.)
Children's Literature - Michelle H. Martin
This 25th anniversary edition of Nancy Garden's groundbreaking lesbian young adult novel features a new cover and an illuminating interview with the author. This story of first love tells of the nascent intimate relationship between narrator Liza Winthrop, the young protagonist of the story, and Annie Kenyon, whom she first encounters in the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Even though Liza attends an exclusive suburban private school, Foster Academy, and Annie attends an overcrowded public school in the city, the two girls share a love of learning, museums and beautiful outdoor spaces. Despite the socioeconomic gap between them, they have much in common and begin to fall in love, although neither of them has any experience with pursuing a lesbian relationship. All goes well until the two get caught in a compromising position while housesitting for two Foster teachers—also lesbians—who have gone away for spring break. Some ugly and uncomfortable encounters ensue when Foster's administrators subject Liza to a disciplinary hearing, which means her family is informed about the incident and, therefore, her assumed sexual orientation. This novel has aged surprisingly well over the past 25 years. Contemporary readers might find some of the students and administrators at Foster Academy overly stuck-up and wooden as they overreact to Sally's setting up an ear-piercing pagoda on school property one day and treat Liza like a leper when the prying Mrs. Baxter "outs" her to the school. Unfortunately, some characters' homophobic responses may still feel familiar to gay readers, but so will the tender parts of the novel as Liza and Annie come to know and enjoy one another. Enough remainsrelevant and familiar in this novel to keep it on the YA classics list for many years to come. Reviewer: Michelle H. Martin, Ph.D.
School Library Journal

Gr 9 Up

Published more than 25 years ago, Nancy Garden's moving and poignant love story (Farrar, 1982) still rings true today. Liza and Annie, both 17 and attending different high schools, meet at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City and fall in love. Narrator Rebecca Lowman touchingly brings their story to life as they discover each other and the harsh and confusing realities that surround them. The teens face uncertain feelings and questions about their emotional and physical relationship. Told in the third person and through letters Liza is trying to write to Annie after they both are at college, Lowman does a fine job portraying the girls' emotions as well as the stark reactions that the other characters have toward them when their relationship is discovered. With quietly distinct voices and subtle pacing that matches perfectly the unfolding of the young romance, this audiobook will stand the test of time. Listeners will be swept up by and find themselves fully immersed in the story. Margaret Edwards Lifetime Achievement Award winner Nancy Garden is featured in an interview at the end of the book. A must-have for all GLBTQ collections.-Stephanie A. Squicciarini, Fairport Public Library, NY

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780374400118
Publisher:
Square Fish
Publication date:
02/20/2007
Edition description:
First Edition
Pages:
272
Sales rank:
57,897
Product dimensions:
5.44(w) x 8.21(h) x 0.72(d)
Lexile:
1000L (what's this?)
Age Range:
12 - 17 Years

What People are saying about this

From the Publisher
"Brings this classic of the genre to a whole new generation of readers."—Publishers Weekly "The body of adolescent literature has waited for this book a long time . . . Gut-level believable." - VOYA

"An eye-opener (maybe 'heart-opener' is a better term) . . . Just the thing to provoke some honest conversation." - The Milwaukee Journal

Meet the Author

Nancy Garden is the author of young adult novels including The Year They Burned the Books and Endgame. She is also the author of the YA nonfiction book Hear Us Out!, as well as novels for children and the picture book Molly's Family. Garden was born in Boston, Massachusetts, and has lived most of her life in New England and New York. She spent her early adult years working in theater, doing office work, teaching, and editing. During that time, she wrote in the evenings, on weekends, and on vacations, as well as at odd moments while working. Now she writes as close to full-time as possible. When she isn't writing, visiting schools, or making speeches, she enjoys reading, gardening, hiking, the outdoors, and anything to do with dogs. She has received the Margaret A. Edwards Award, the Lambda Book Award and the Robert Downs Intellectual Freedom Award. She and her partner of over twenty years divide their time between small towns in Massachusetts and Maine.

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Annie on My Mind 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 104 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This story was so amazing. I couldn't put it down! I got in so much trouble in school for reading it during class. This book was heart-warming, as well as breaking. It brought back emotions I have not felt in a while. This book helped me find stength in myself. We all have mountains to climb. This book helped me start heading toward the summit.
TeensReadToo More than 1 year ago
Nancy Garden's ANNIE ON MY MIND, originally published in 1982, was recently re-released. (It includes an interview with the author herself.)

The book represents an early example of realistic young adult fiction depicting a lesbian relationship between two high school seniors. It is still a fitting portrayal for today's teens.

Liza and Annie meet in a New York museum and develop a fast friendship. Both seem to realize there is something different about their relationship, but admitting that at the start is difficult for both. The story is told as Annie remembers it, and focuses mostly on her struggle to accept the facts she is learning about herself.

The book's first half takes the reader into the growing friendship between the girls. There is considerable time spent describing how they discover their common interests and the activities they find to spend time together. The girls come from different backgrounds - Liza attends a relatively sheltered, private school currently struggling with financial difficulties, while Annie attends public school and is faced with drugs, violence, and other social problems public schools must deal with both then and now.

As the girls' relationship develops, the plot becomes more involved in Liza's role as student council president and her school's struggle with a fund-raising campaign. Liza and Annie begin to accept the true direction of their friendship, and of course, as other people become aware, controversy surfaces. Will the admission of their gay lifestyle cause acceptance or abandonment by family and friends? Could their situation adversely affect a similar relationship between two teachers in Liza's private school?

ANNIE ON MY MIND delves into the acceptance of homosexuality. It seems there will always be two sides to this controversy, but the re-release of the book may ask readers to decide if things are changing as time passes. What really matters in love - what is "right" for those involved or what is perceived as "right" by those whose views may differ?
Amanda_Marie_Rhiannon More than 1 year ago
I just finished this book, and have given it off to let my best friend read it. I can't wait for it back because I know I'll read it again...and again...and again. It made me think of myself, that there will always be something to climb to be happy, but happiness does happen if you work for it. I loved it. It is a must read!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I read it as a high school student, and I re-read it as a high school teacher. It is a very bland and formulaic romance novel for young readers. It is a good read for youngsters with questions, but I don't think its destined to be a classic. It owes its popularity to the controversy surrounding it, rather than quality writing.
AdeleBecker More than 1 year ago
Liza and Annie are both great role models in that they love who they are, and are in a very healthy relationship. They have to deal with discrimination, homophobes, and shame, but they still pull through.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Nancy Garden¿s ANNIE ON MY MIND, originally published in 1982, was recently re-released. (It includes an interview with the author herself.) The book represents an early example of realistic young adult fiction depicting a lesbian relationship between two high school seniors. It is still a fitting portrayal for today¿s teens. Liza and Annie meet in a New York museum and develop a fast friendship. Both seem to realize there is something different about their relationship, but admitting that at the start is difficult for both. The story is told as Annie remembers it, and focuses mostly on her struggle to accept the facts she is learning about herself. The book¿s first half takes the reader into the growing friendship between the girls. There is considerable time spent describing how they discover their common interests and the activities they find to spend time together. The girls come from different backgrounds ¿ Liza attends a relatively sheltered, private school currently struggling with financial difficulties, while Annie attends public school and is faced with drugs, violence, and other social problems public schools must deal with both then and now. As the girls¿ relationship develops, the plot becomes more involved in Liza¿s role as student council president and her school¿s struggle with a fund-raising campaign. Liza and Annie begin to accept the true direction of their friendship, and of course, as other people become aware, controversy surfaces. Will the admission of their gay lifestyle cause acceptance or abandonment by family and friends? Could their situation adversely affect a similar relationship between two teachers in Liza¿s private school? ANNIE ON MY MIND delves into the acceptance of homosexuality. It seems there will always be two sides to this controversy, but the re-release of the book may ask readers to decide if things are changing as time passes. What really matters in love ¿ what is ¿right¿ for those involved or what is perceived as ¿right¿ by those whose views may differ? **Reviewed by: Sally Kruger, aka 'Readingjunky'
Guest More than 1 year ago
I was disappointed with Annie On My Mind. The narrative voice was stiff, and the language style, dialogue, and some of the plot ideas were so dated, I felt like I was reading something written in and set in the 1950s rather than the 70s or 80s. For example, the narrator loses her status as class president because she fails to report a peer for piercing other students' ears. The book was published in 1982. The author was a young lesbian herself in the 50s. I would love her to rewrite the book with a more authentic, updated narrative voice. In a world of crazy conservative anti-gay activism, lesbians need to be realistically represented so that today's young lesbians can identify.
Guest More than 1 year ago
this book was awsome... it maded me relize who i am and was to be in the future...this book is for anyone...especially for ones who are quesstioning their sexuallity...it leaves knots in your stomach because of the pain they endure, but its a beautiful love story about love lust and pain
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is a must-read. I mean everyday at school I would read it, and try to hide what I was reading to my friends, it was soO gewd. But then one day I got caught by one of my close friends, just when I was about to finish. Yet, she didn't care that she saw it and she even wanted to read it herself! READ THIS BOOK, PLEASE!
MichelleChung 6 months ago
I read this book so long ago, but it has always remained in my heart. It was the first lesbian book I ever read and I remember it being beautifully written. I enjoyed it :)
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I finished this book in 10 hrs!!! I could not put it down. I've never had to question my sexuality or anything. (I've always known I was a laesbian) But, I'm a sucker for a good love story especially involving lesbians. And, its just so good and could be a great help to those who are questioning. They will definitely find comfort in Liza. And, of course I TOLD my girlfiend to read this book!!! LOL!!!
nottohave More than 1 year ago
This book just made me feel even more better. Some people might not agree that this book isn't very classic, but i think it has a classic background and the characters are pretty interesting. It's really like a story about two young maiden in-love. When i read this book i couldn't make my heart stop throbbing so fast when it comes to the climax scene ( well for me ). It was emotional, deep thinking and... well i think it's also magical ( if i use the word rightly hehe. ) It brought me the madness, bored, nervous and the happiness in every scenes from Liza and Annie. Yet, i couldn't put the book down for long. It keeps in me, like i want to know what's really going to happen to Liza and Annie after they meet, fallen in love, facing their life troubles, struggling moments. To me, this book is a great classic -love story about young maidens fallen in love at the first sight. And uhm.. I don't quite know how to put my last thought in words.. but I think people who loves this book would feels similar to me. This book made me feel beautiful about being in love, yet being in-love with the person who would feel the same as you. And i love the plot, everything changes slowly and very make sense to me how the characters would be that way in the story. Pretty delightful...
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have read a lot of books and Annie on My Mind is by far the BEST. Annie on My Mind is a book that I would recommend to anyone no matter what books they like to read. Annie on My Mind is a very will written book that captures the importance in a relationship such as love and lust.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
this is one of the best books i have ever read in my whole life! i couldnt put it down. anyone will love this book gay or not.
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I received this book yesterday. It was so good that I finished last night! Only thing I can complain about is that it was too short because I could've read it forever. I can see myself reading it again and again. The plot and the romance was excellent!
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sade2009 More than 1 year ago
I love this book so much! Sometimes i think about my sexuality and I read this book and it just puts my mind at ease. A story like this should be a coming up and coming out story for girls who want to and who are lesbians. Thank you Nancy Garden for making a lovable book!!
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ParaLadyMoreGaGa More than 1 year ago
This book was very addicting. I couldnt get rid of it. The characters you can instantly fall in love with. It's such a sweet an loving story. I found myself crying sometimes. Sometimes i would laugh. There are so many mixed emotions. I really really recommend this to anybody.
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