Friday, December 4, 2009


Garden, Nancy. Annie on My Mind. Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2007 (c1982). 263 p. PBK $8.00 ISBN 978-0374400118

SUMMARY: "Seventeen-year-old Liza puts aside her feelings for Annie after the disaster at school, but eventually she allows love to triumph over the ignorance of people. Includes an interview with the author."

RISKS: Lesbian relationships

EVALUATION: The fact that this title is still in print and still praised, is a sort of testament of its universality and enduring qualities. It is a simple, straightforward love story, yet not so simple because Eliza is coming to terms with her sexuality. The honesty and sensitivity with which Garden treats Eliza's homosexual experiences and feelings is unparalleled by other books published at the time and for many years afterward. And the ending is completely satisfying, no matter how sad (realistic, imperfect - not everything is wrapped up neatly). NB: Includes a fascinating interview with the author conducted by Kathleen T. Horning.

READER'S ANNOTATION: There are many obstacles to love. When Liza and Annie find a place in their hearts for each other, will there be a place for their love in the world?

TOPICS: love; homosexuality; lesbians; private high schools; New York, NY;

AWARDS: Margaret A. Edwards Award, 2003; Booklist Reviewer's Choice, 1982; ALA Best Books, 1982; ALA Best of the Best lists (1970-1983)

Ages 12-17

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