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Annie on My Mind Paperback – February 20, 2007
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“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
Top Customer Reviews
Annie On My Mind tells the story of two young women, each with loving families but outsiders at their respective schools, who meet at a museum in New York, quickly becoming friends and, later, lovers. The book is told from the perspective of Liza, a student at a private high school governed by an authoritarian principal. When Liza and Annie get caught making love in the house of two lesbian teachers, not just their lives but others' are irrevocably changed.
The book is certainly dated (it reminds me of books like The Cat Ate My Gymsuit and others of the same general era) and flat in places, and some aspects are painted with rather broad strokes - without much attention to the complexities of class and ethnicity, for example. But it is a moving and honest invocation of teenaged angst, one that captures the tentativeness of new love.
One strength is that the book offers a sympathetic portrayal of the various characters. They are, in the end, human - flawed, ambiguous, cautious. There is no one villain; most of the characters are well-meaning, if painfully awkward.
Overall, even after two decades, the book still stands as a sensitive portrayal of the naturalness of young love and one young woman's emerging understanding that the private is, if not political, then politicized.
What Annie on My Mind is is a gentle love story told with restraint and tenderness by Nancy Garden. Liza and Annie are two 17-year-old New Yorkers who meet, become friends, and slowly realize that their feelings encompass more than friendship. They are confused, curious, tentative and intense with each other. They have no road map to guide their emotions and behavior, no understanding friends or adults to reassure them or to celebrate their relationship. Their love for each other feels so natural and good that neither is ashamed of the relationship, but they still keep it a secret from everyone in their lives.
Many of us wish to find ourselves in literature, to have our own story reflected in the pages of the novels we read. When we do find such stories, the experience is so exciting and validating that we are willing to forgive any imperfections in the book. It's just so wonderful to discover kindred souls, and to find out that others have been through similar experiences.
Such is the case with Annie on My Mind. It tells the story that many young LBQ (Lesbian, Bisexual, Questioning) women experience, and as such is the kind of "normalizing" of homosexuality that many teenagers can't get elsewhere. The imperfections are minor, but worth noting, particularly in today's irony-saturated media.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book is... a lot sadder than I was expecting. It's fabulously written but be prepared for an emotional ride.Published 7 months ago by Vixie
1982 was so backwards and hopeless - this book, both ideas and prose, was a ray of sunshine on the bleak landscapePublished 8 months ago by S.K.Roark
Quite simply, a beautiful book. Engaging from the first line and touching to the last.Published 8 months ago by Kelly S.
This book is absolutely phenomenal! This is the best lesbian book I have ever read. The book is written between both women's perspectives, alternating between chapters. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Léa Abernathy
Read this back in middle school and it's still just as good a read.Published 10 months ago by April
This was a fun, short audiobook. The characters are fully-developed and deal with the basic sense of guilt and confusion that any LGBT+ youth deals with. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Ryan Mease