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
Release DateMar 23rd, 1992
PublisherFarrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)
GenreLgbt, Young Adult, Romance, Fiction, Glbt, Queer

Reviews Annie on My Mind

  • Sarah Verminski
    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
    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...
  • Virginia Ronan ♥ Herondale ♥
    ”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?”Oh my! This book hit me with so many different feels I didn’t even understand what was happening to me. I mean I knew ”Annie on My Mind” is an f/f romance and that it wasn’t only banned from school libraries but also publicly burned at some point. I knew this book was published ab...
  • Elyse Walters
    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
    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
    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
    "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...
  • anna (readingpeaches)
    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...
  • Rachel Hall
    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...
  • ⚔ Silvia ⚓
    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,...
  • Julia
    "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...
  • Starsandsun18
    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.
  • Sara
    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
    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...
  • Sara➽ Ink Is My Sword
    3.5 "Healthy teen relationship rep" Starsyes, I placed this in my classic shelf, what are you gonna do about that? Lesbian classic lit.RTC
  • Lisa
    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 ...
  • Tinything
    I had a mix feeling about this book. Let just say i dont hate it but i dont like it either. And there is going to be some complaining i guess. It just frustrated. Not that the book is bad. It actually good, i think. It just the characters in the book made me so frustrated. A bit of spoiler and lots of complaining about people. -> (view spoiler)[ Some people in this book are so close-minded. Like Sally, Ms. Baxter and Mrs. Poundexter, i just had t...
  • Katie.dorny
    This was simply worded and i loved it.The story and the premise is so believable because it is so real and still existing, still happening.Meeting Liza and Annie, watching their friendship progress - it resonated so strongly with me because the exact same thing happened to me. I felt every emotion.In regards to Mrs Pointdexter and Mrs Baxter - the fact the hate they spew is still so vehemently preached everyday around the world, the belief in the...
  • Anja V
    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...
  • Charlotte Annelise
    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 ...
  • Just a man's point of view
    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...
  • Les Read
    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
    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...
  • Emma
    “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...
  • Jennifer Wardrip
    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...
  • Laura
    Omg this book was amazing. I'm still crying over it, goddamn __________________________________Finally getting to read this book with this cutie!!
  • Agnese
    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...
  • Natasha
    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
  • bianca
    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...