Annie on My Mind

 
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Annie on My Mind
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12+
Release Date
January 01, 1982
ISBN
0374404143
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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. This book is so truthful and honest, it has been banned from many school libraries and even publicly burned in Kansas City.

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.”

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One Of My Favorite Books
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Reader reviewed by Mairi

Ever since Liza Winthrop first saw Annie Kenyon at a museum while doing research for a school project, she has been able to think of little else- the two girls quickly bond despite the fact that neither is given to close friendships, and their relationship blossoms into something more. Unfortunately for them, this is the eighties, and such things are simply not acceptable to most people. When they're found out, Liza faces the embarrassment of her parents and possible expulsion from the private school she has attended since kindergarten.

I read this book years and years ago, primarily because I saw it on a banned books list. Even then, though, I think I was beginning to suspect that I was a lesbian, and this book came as an utter relief- it proved to me that one could be gay and still be a person, with all the hopes and dreams and emotions of a person. I recently reread this book and, though I don't cry often at books, I found myself in tears the entire time, though there were parts where I had to laugh, too.

Annie On My Mind is one of my favorite books in the world.

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A Gay Classic
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Reader reviewed by Dykehalo

I finished this book in a day. It was AMAZING! This is a sweet story about first love. That it happens to be about two girls discovering something essential about themselves and the way they love enhances it. This is, at its core, a sweet story about first love. It's never just about the fact that they're gay but it's about the emotion, the pure, sweet love.
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Gay Romance (Ahhh!!)
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Reader reviewed by Bria

At first i was scared to read this book. I hate gay romance but i felt i should see what it is all about. And i am glad i read this book. I read this over a 5 month period because i got more scared as time read on. This book is not a horror book, but it scared the crap out of me. Love like the one between the charachters is unheard of but beautiful. By the end of this book i did not know what to think but i was crying at the end of it.
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CONFUSING POETRY
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Reader reviewed by 10E2

the book was a very good read. confusing at times but still a good book. the book tends to relate with some of the teenage issues that we all go through. a touching heart felt story
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Glad I Finally Read This
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Reader reviewed by plentyo'moxie

I finally read this book after years of having it recommended to me gblt ya is one of my favorite genres, and this book is a classic. Having now read it, I understand why so many people were trying to push it one me, and why it has earned its place as a classic. This is, at its core, a sweet story about first love. That it happens to be about two girls discovering something essential about themselves and the way they love enhances it. But Nancy Garden manages to keep the story about emotion, about that amazing feeling of pure, sweet, and somewhat innocent love. Sure, there is drama-no good love story is without its trials. But more than most ya romance, this one maintains a good balance and doesnt tend toward the melodramatic. Garden is respectful of her characters feelings, and portrays them (both the characters and the feelings) as having enormous depth and complexity.
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