Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Annie On My Mind

AnnieOnMyMind Garden, Nancy. Annie On My Mind

Farrar Straus Giroux, 1982. Print

Annotation: After meeting at a museum in New York a wonderful friendship develops. These two young women discover their attraction to one another and begin to fall in love. This is not without challenges and questions in their own minds and of the world around them.


“There’s no need for us to pretend to be other people any more, ever again, is there Liza?” Annie said softly. My eyes stung suddenly and Annie touched the bottom lids with her finger, asking, “Why tears?” I kissed her finger. “Because I’m happy,” I said. “Because your saying that right now makes me happier than almost anything else could. No-there’s no need to pretend.”

Seventeen-year-old Liza first meets Annie at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. From Liza’s point of view she tells the development of their relationship of friendship and then the confusion that Liza feels over her new discovered sexuality. These two young people meet in what seems like completely different worlds. Liza attends a private school and has great expectations from her teachers, parents and herself and wants to attend MIT. Annie lives in a lower middle class family and is a talented vocalist who attends public school and hopes to attend college at the University of California, Berkley. Their story is an exploration of the friendship and first love between the two girls. Annie and Liza are both confused and struggle with the possibility that they might be gay or just in love.

Honors & Awards:

  • ALA Best Books for Young Adults
  • ALA/YALSA Best of the Best
  • Booklist Best Booksellers' Choice
  • ALA/YALSA 100 Best Books for YAs
  • Margaret A. Edwards

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