Annie on My Mind by Nancy Garden

Annie on My Mind

This groundbreaking book 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. The book has been banned from many school libraries and publicly burned in Kansas City. Of the author and the book, the Margaret A. Edwards Award committee said, “Using a fluid, readable style, Garden opens a window...


Details Annie on My Mind

TitleAnnie on My Mind
ISBN9780374404147
Author
Release DateApr 24th, 1992
PublisherFarrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)
LanguageEnglish
GenreLgbt, Young Adult, Favorites, Romance, Fiction, Glbt, Queer
Rating

Reviews Annie on My Mind

  • Sarah Verminski
    2009-10-04
    Annie On My Mind will always have a special place in my heart, it was the first lesbian themed book I ever read. You may not understand the enormity of this, but just try to understand being 14 and every book you read involves a romance between a man and a woman. Every movie, every TV show, everyone I know is straight, nobody knows I'm gay, I barely understand it myself, and I pick up this book and suddenly it's like I can breathe. Suddenly I don...
  • Lola Reviewer
    2018-04-06
    3.5 stars.This romantic relationship is so… organic. Liza and Annie fall in love with each other gradually and for the right reasons. Neither expected to feel so deeply for the other person, but they cannot deny their feelings for one another without breaking their own heart in the process, even if they both know people in their lives disapprove of them or would disapprove if they knew they were more than friends. They know society is against t...
  • Elyse
    2015-10-24
    Update: For those who are looking for 'wonderful' audiobooks --a 'great story' which will hold your interest from start to finish ---THIS IS IT!!! Its still one of my favorite audiobooks...ECHO is 'exceptional'!! I've been thinking about audiobooks --and I saw a member notice this book a few minutes ago--and I just can't say enough good things about it. I 'STILL' have Iris to thank!!! I can't imagine 'anyone' not liking it! Thank you **Iris** for...
  • Skyler
    2009-05-21
    I'm not sure I'm qualified to write much of a review on this book, as I was never an adolescent lesbian. But I will say that it was incredibly easy to relate to--even for an adolescent hetero male--and the situation is touching, if not incredibly sad.Liza is a teenager who finds a companion in a fellow museum-goer one star-struck day. Cautious and excited, she pursues her romance, despite the fact that many around her do not seem to understand. T...
  • Thomas
    2013-06-17
    It was like a war inside me; I couldn't even recognize all the sides. There was one that said, "No, this is wrong; you know it's wrong and bad and sinful," and there was another that said, "Nothing has ever felt so right and natural and true and good," and another that just wanted to stop thinking altogether and fling my arms around Annie and hold her forever. There were other sides, too, but I couldn't sort them out.Can we talk about how Annie O...
  • Emer
    2017-10-19
    "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." There is a reason that this novel was so groundbreaking upon its release in 1982. It is utterly beautiful and devastating. The teenage love story between Liza and Annie is nothing short of moving. It starts out so simply. Two girls that form a gor...
  • Rachel Hall
    2017-08-21
    Reading Annie on My Mind in 2017, what was once considered a groundbreaking coming of age novel on its publication in 1982 admittedly feels incredibly dated. Thankfully attitudes have mellowed, albeit much too slowly, but besides the abhorrent treatment and an appreciation of progress made, the emotions of the story are still very true. Whilst the actual specifics and details may be markedly different for today's teenagers, the ensuing turmoil of...
  • anna (readingpeaches)
    2017-10-17
    This review is also posted on my blog.I received a galley from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.Speaking as a lesbian, I can't even begin to properly explain to you why this book is so important to me. My only wish is that I read it at 15 instead of 25 & I really, really hope there have been a bunch of kids who did just that! I'm sure there must have been though given it's 35 years (!!!) since Annie on My Mind was firs...
  • ⚔ Silvia ⚓
    2017-11-30
    BR with my favorite bean ♥🌈 full review now posted!Can you believe this book came to my house to murder me with feels??? Wow the disrespect!!!I can't believe I've owned this book since last June and I've waited until now to read it, but I probably enjoyed it much more now that I would have this summer for various reasons. It takes place in the US in the eighties, when it was also published. I believe it's one of the first, if not the first,...
  • Sara
    2007-05-28
    i didn't read this book until i was in my mid-twenties, though it is a book written for a teen audience. it was published in 1982, but i never even heard about it until i was in a queer women's book club in dc. we decided to read this as one of our selections (as well as "are you there, god? it's me, margaret.") it is truly a beautiful story and perfect for teens struggling with their sexuality. the author, nancy garden, doesn't shy away from man...
  • Rose
    2012-09-05
    Initial thoughts: I'm still trying to form thoughts on my reactions to "Annie on My Mind", but the one thing I can say was that this was a wonderful novel and I'm wondering why it took me so long to read it. Beautifully written, the relationship between Annie and Liza is quite resonant, not just in how it develops, but how it endures. I loved the ending, and I was happy to be able to listen to some reflective thoughts on Nancy Garden's life and p...
  • Julia
    2016-03-13
    "What struck me most, though, was that, in that whole long article, the word 'love' wasn't used even once. That made me mad; it was as if whoever wrote the article didn't know that gay people actually love each other. The encyclopedia writers ought to talk to me, I thought as I went back to bed; I could tell them something about love."This quote sums up pretty well what I loved the most about this book. Liza and Annie are only 17 year old when th...
  • Starsandsun
    2015-10-04
    If you’ll have a starter pack for F/F books I think this one is a must. A safe choice. F/F-YA is very delicate genre especially if you’re just staring to figure things out. A lot of FF/YA can be a bit traumatic for me. But for this one, everything is just so light and balanced.Re-reading this for the nth time and like the very first time I read it, it always makes me smile.Now with the new edition. :))Highly recommend.
  • Anja V
    2017-02-19
    It's Annie and me they're all sitting around here like cardboard people judging; it's Annie and me. And what we did that they think is wrong, when you pare it all down, was fall in love. -"If you two remember nothing else from all this," Ms. Widmer said, "remember that. Please. Don't - don't punish yourselves for people's ignorant reactions to what we all are.""Don't let ignorance win," said Ms. Stevenson. "Let love." There's one simple reason wh...
  • Jennifer Wardrip
    2008-04-29
    Reviewed by Sally Kruger, aka "Readingjunky" for TeensReadToo.comNancy 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 fa...
  • Charlotte Annelise
    2017-10-28
    This book follows Eliza, a seventeen-year-old girl. She is heavily involved in her school's activities and loves going to museums in New York. When she meets Annie, their love for each other grows and the two realise they cannot let anyone know about their romance. I did not realise this book would be so difficult to read. While it is mostly positive surrounding gay people, many of the characters are very harsh. I wouldn't recommend this book to ...
  • Lisa
    2011-05-02
    First impression: UGH. I'd heard about the use of archaic words, but man a-live. Thankfully that went away after a while.More importantly, Annie bothered me. A lot. Who breaks into spontaneous Shakespearean character? Annoying Shakesperean character? I didn't get what it was about her that entranced Liza.But then everything changed. I realized the metaphor behind the Shakespeare, and eventually the two of them (Annie in particular) stopped doing ...
  • Les Read
    2016-01-13
    Annie on My Mind is a beautiful love story about a friendship that blooms into love for two young women who are from different sides of the track. Liza attends a private high school and comes from a white-collar family, and Annie attends a public school and comes from a lower-income part of town. They're both bright and accomplished teenagers: Liza, who is applying for MIT to study architecture and Annie, a talented singer who dreams of being acc...
  • Ant
    2010-08-15
    I know this is a predictable and outdated novel. I've read negative reviews and complaints about it before (some from aspiring LGBTQ writers, and I respect their opinions.) Yes, I am aware of its flaws despite the rating I gave it.But it still remains as one of my favorites. Why? Because when I first read it (I was fourteen then), it brought me hope. During a time in my life where I was confused of my feelings, and thought myself as "abnormal", t...
  • Just a man's point of view
    2016-01-12
    I think reviewing Annie on my mind should be a little different than other contemporary lesbian romances.We should keep in mind that this book was written with a purpose. In the words of the author: "I wrote it to give solace to young gay people, to let them know they were not alone, that they could be happy and well adjusted and also to let heterosexual kids know that we gay people aren't monsters".We should remember that this book was published...
  • Emma
    2017-09-18
    “What matters is the truth of loving, of two people finding each other. That’s what's important, and don't you forget it.” I really wish I’d read this book earlier. I definitely still appreciated it as an adult, but I feel like this book could have been incredibly important for me as a younger teen. Being able to read a book about two girls in high school falling in love, a story about two girls realizing they like girls…a story like th...
  • Agnese
    2012-10-29
    Maybe I'm too picky or I've read too many amazing books, but I just can't give this book more than 2,5. 3 is too much for it.Maybe it's because it's more for teens than people my age and I'm too old. Maybe 1980s it was great and so, but definitely not anymore. It's too slow and naive, I just couldn't believe it, I was longing for this book to end.I really feel bad about giving this book 2, but I can't help myself. I know it's not the book, it's m...
  • Laura
    2018-04-19
    Omg this book was amazing. I'm still crying over it, goddamn __________________________________Finally getting to read this book with this cutie!!
  • Christina Wilder
    2012-10-18
    Review also appears on The Book Lantern: http://www.thebooklantern.co.uk/2013/...I am embarrassingly behind on reading most of the books that often grace the banned/challenged list. One that’s often caught my eye was Annie On My Mind, which continues to receive vitriol for its portrayal of two young women who fall in love with each other.Young Adult as a genre has come a long way. Sure, there are the major setbacks of romanticizing abuse and cr...
  • bianca
    2017-01-26
    I've been debating with myself on what to rate this book... It is 3.5 stars to me, but since goodreads still hasn't added the half a star option honestly goodreads wtf I've decided to round it up to 4 instead of 3.This is a really cute, kind story about love, self descovering and self acceptance. Reading an LGBT+ book that was written in the fucking 80s is really interesting. I got to read how things were back then, even when I knew things were m...
  • Manon
    2017-09-19
    I was provided an ARC via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.Annie on My Mind is a classic. I’ve heard about it for years and was not disappointed in the least.Our main character is Liza, 17. She meets Annie by chance and they fall for each other. But the story is set in 1982 and I don’t think they even knew what homophobia was back then.I really loved this story. It was a quick read but still made me feel so much. I was enraged, happ...
  • Ann
    2011-12-08
    My favorite part about this book is that 90 percent is simply a love story between two teenagers. Liza and Annie are both very different people, from Annie’s love of plants and music to Liza’s passion for architecture. But they find they have lots of things in common, such as cats, and their interests contrast nicely, drawing them closer to together. They are friends who gradually realize there is more between them than friendship, and fairly...
  • Natasha
    2016-09-27
    I read this for Banned Books Week and this book was so wonderful and pure and beautiful and oh god, I loved it so much. 10/10 recommend. Sad that parents literally burned copies of the book because it depicted lesbian characters
  • Jess
    2011-07-08
    I received this book free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.I first saw this book when I was twelve years old. The battered paperback copy occupied the same shelf space at the library each time I went, right at eye-level, hovering above my beloved American Girl and Dear America books. It was pink and soft and pretty, so much like the Beverly Cleary or Judy Blume books I read by the dozen, but when I read the back, I could never quit...