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Annie on My Mind by Nancy Garden
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Annie on My Mind (1982)

by Nancy Garden

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A 1982 novel by about the romantic relationship between two 17-year-old New York City girls
  lilac_library | Oct 27, 2016 |
Oh for pete's sake. I was going to say that this book is somewhat dated, a little contrived, but overall lovely and still valuable to those who still feel a bit squeamish about lesbian love.

But then I read the gr community reviews. Such bigotry, such hate... I'm appalled that there are still people, apparently people with access to the English language and to books, who don't recognize that love is what matters, and that it's none of their business what happens in other people's bedrooms.

So, read this book and get the word out so fewer people have to deal with being called 'sinful' or 'disturbed' or 'sick' just because they love someone of the same gender. Some day this book will be only of relevance to historians. Would that day come soon. ( )
  Cheryl_in_CC_NV | Jun 6, 2016 |
Two girls fall in love, but of course there are homophobes all around them. Their friendship and eventual love is utterly believable--I still remember their swordfight in the Cloisters. A good, rather meloncholy YA book. ( )
  wealhtheowwylfing | Feb 29, 2016 |
Young adult book about two 17-year-old girls falling in love. First published in 1982, it was groundbreaking at the time. I only discovered it recently, although I was a big fan of Garden's fantasy, Fours Crossing, published just the year before—indicating that Annie must not have been available in the libraries I frequented. A nice book, and definitely tame by present standards. The 25th anniversary commemorative edition that I borrowed from the library contained an interesting interview with the author. ( )
  SylviaC | Nov 24, 2015 |
I can't believe I hadn't read this novel before, as it's obviously a classic among lesbian young adult literature. A very sweet story that still feels very contemporary, even though it was written more than 25 years ago. All young people should have the chance to read a story like this, just to see what love between girls might look like from the inside. ( )
  PerpetualRevision | Oct 25, 2015 |
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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.

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Liza tries to put aside her feelings for Annie after the disaster at Foster Academy, but eventually she allows love to triumph over the ignorance of others.

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