Annie on My Mind

Annie on My Mind

by Nancy Garden
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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!
ToriReads More than 1 year ago
A little dated but still a pretty good book. I read in middle school and recently reread it and its still pretty good. Nice F/F story
MichelleChung More than 1 year 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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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.