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really liked it 4.00  ·  Rating details ·  44,418 ratings  ·  2,435 reviews
A landmark in LGBT fiction, this captivating story of two teenage girls who fall in love is a “classic of the genre” (Publishers Weekly).
When Liza Winthrop first lays eyes on Annie Kenyon at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, she knows there’s something special between them. Soon, their close friendship develops into a deep and intimate romance. Neither imagined that fall
Kindle Edition, 183 pages
Published September 5th 2017 by Open Road Media Teen & Tween (first published July 1st 1982)
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Sarah Verminski
Annie On My Mind will always have a special place in my heart, it was the first lesbian themed book I ever read. You may not understand the enormity of this, but just try to understand being 14 and every book you read involves a romance between a man and a woman. Every movie, every TV show, everyone I know is straight, nobody knows I'm gay, I barely understand it myself, and I pick up this book and suddenly it's like I can breathe. Suddenly I don't feel so alone, there's an actual published book ...more
Virginia Ronan ♥ Herondale ♥
”Have you ever felt really close to someone? So close that you can’t understand why you and the other person have two separate bodies, two separate skins?”

Oh my! This book hit me with so many different feels I didn’t even understand what was happening to me. I mean I knew ”Annie on My Mind” is an f/f romance and that it wasn’t only banned from school libraries but also publicly burned at some point. I knew this book was published about 36 years ago and that Nancy Garden is a lesbian. I knew all
Elyse  Walters
Update: For those who are looking for 'wonderful' audiobooks --a 'great story' which will hold your interest from start to finish ---THIS IS IT!!! Its still one of my favorite audiobooks...
ECHO is 'exceptional'!!
I've been thinking about audiobooks --and I saw a member notice this book a few minutes ago--and I just can't say enough good things about it. I 'STILL' have Iris to thank!!!

I can't imagine 'anyone' not liking it!

Thank you **Iris** for this Audible book. I can't thank Iris enough! (an
May 21, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm not sure I'm qualified to write much of a review on this book, as I was never an adolescent lesbian. But I will say that it was incredibly easy to relate to--even for an adolescent hetero male--and the situation is touching, if not incredibly sad.

Liza is a teenager who finds a companion in a fellow museum-goer one star-struck day. Cautious and excited, she pursues her romance, despite the fact that many around her do not seem to understand. Through the help of a teacher, she finds guidance i
Jun 17, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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It was like a war inside me; I couldn't even recognize all the sides. There was one that said, "No, this is wrong; you know it's wrong and bad and sinful," and there was another that said, "Nothing has ever felt so right and natural and true and good," and another that just wanted to stop thinking altogether and fling my arms around Annie and hold her forever. There were other sides, too, but I couldn't sort them out.

Can we talk about how Annie On My Mind was published in 1982? 1982? Almost 20 y
Nov 21, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2020
Ms. Widmer, who taught English at Foster Academy, always said that the best way to begin a story is to start with the first important or exciting incident and then fill in the background. So I’m going to start with the rainy Sunday last November when I met Annie Kenyon.

It isn't fair to say that the relationship, themes, and overall message of this book is typical to other sapphic romances when this book, partly, paved a way for sapphic romances. While being banned from many U.S. scho
Nov 26, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A very nice story but without any pretensions or of particular depth, it is suitable for young readers who look for the first time to understand, or better to realize that we do not all love in the same way. The girls, Liza and Annie, are very nice and smart and their characters well presented, I’m only sorry that the school context, where a good part of the narrative takes place, is absolutely weird and not believable. A book that is unfortunately dated.
It didn’t convince me much that the only
Éimhear (A Little Haze)
"Have you ever felt really close to someone?
So close that you can't understand why you and the other person have two separate bodies, two separate skins?
I think it was Sunday when that feeling began."

There is a reason that this novel was so groundbreaking upon its release in 1982. It is utterly beautiful and devastating. The teenage love story between Liza and Annie is nothing short of moving. It starts out so simply. Two girls that form a gorgeously written connection that blossoms so nat
Apr 11, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2020-reads
“Have you ever felt really close to someone? So close that you can’t understand why you and the other person have two separate bodies, two separate skins?”

Published in 1982, ‘Annie on My Mind’ explores the relationship between seventeen-year-old Liza Winthrop and Annie Kenyon that starts as close friendship and blossoms into love, tender and awkward and sincere and intense - and of course, absurdly terrifying and threatening in its perceived ‘immorality’ to the heteronormative world of pearl
"What struck me most, though, was that, in that whole long article, the word 'love' wasn't used even once. That made me mad; it was as if whoever wrote the article didn't know that gay people actually love each other. The encyclopedia writers ought to talk to me, I thought as I went back to bed; I could tell them something about love."

This quote sums up pretty well what I loved the most about this book. Liza and Annie are only 17 year old when they fall in love, and this whole time, despite all
Elle (ellexamines)
Feb 26, 2018 marked it as zzzzz-did-not-finish
you know, this is just not doing it for me right now and I'm 45% of the way through. I don't know, it's fine, I think this is just not my genre of book and I was only reading it because of the lesbian classic thing? possibly will be returned to someday.

I will say, though, that this quote stuck out to me:
"What struck me most, though, was that, in that whole long article, the word 'love' wasn't used even once. That made me mad; it was as if whoever wrote the article didn't know that gay people
anna (½ of readsrainbow)
rep: lesbian mc & li, lesbian side characters

Review also on my blog. Galley provided by the publisher.

Speaking as a lesbian, I can't even begin to properly explain to you why this book is so important to me. My only wish is that I read it at 15 instead of 25 & I really, really hope there have been a bunch of kids who did just that! I'm sure there must have been though given it's 35 years (!!!) since Annie on My Mind was first published.

And I think that's one of the greatest things about this boo
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Can you believe this book came to my house to murder me with feels??? Wow the disrespect!!!

I can't believe I've owned this book since last June and I've waited until now to read it, but I probably enjoyed it much more now that I would have this summer for various reasons. 

It takes place in the US in the eighties, when it was also published. I believe it's one of the first, if not the first, YA book that deals with female homosexuality in such an
Feb 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019, lgbtq
This was simply worded and i loved it.

The story and the premise is so believable because it is so real and still existing, still happening.

Meeting Liza and Annie, watching their friendship progress - it resonated so strongly with me because the exact same thing happened to me. I felt every emotion.

In regards to Mrs Pointdexter and Mrs Baxter - the fact the hate they spew is still so vehemently preached everyday around the world, the belief in their statements made this book just utterly captivat
Rachel Hall
Reading Annie on My Mind in 2017, what was once considered a groundbreaking coming of age novel on its publication in 1982 admittedly feels incredibly dated. Thankfully attitudes have mellowed, albeit much too slowly, but besides the abhorrent treatment and an appreciation of progress made, the emotions of the story are still very true. Whilst the actual specifics and details may be markedly different for today's teenagers, the ensuing turmoil of self-acceptance and coming to terms with ones ide ...more
Initial thoughts: I'm still trying to form thoughts on my reactions to "Annie on My Mind", but the one thing I can say was that this was a wonderful novel and I'm wondering why it took me so long to read it. Beautifully written, the relationship between Annie and Liza is quite resonant, not just in how it develops, but how it endures. I loved the ending, and I was happy to be able to listen to some reflective thoughts on Nancy Garden's life and personal experiences following the story.

Full revie
elena ⚢
Being a lesbian is simultaneously the easiest and hardest part of my life. It's natural, it's beautiful, it's something I'll always be proud of, but so much of the world still hates that part of me and wants me to hate it too, and this book captured that feeling so perfectly-- that feeling of knowing that who you are is okay, that the love you feel is not ugly or immoral or abnormal; it's beautiful and it should be treated as such. This book teaches girls like me that you should never be ashamed ...more
Oct 04, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: favorites, ya
If you’ll have a starter pack for F/F books I think this one is a must. A safe choice.
F/F-YA is very delicate genre especially if you’re just staring to figure things out. A lot of FF/YA can be a bit traumatic for me. But for this one, everything is just so light and balanced.

Re-reading this for the nth time and like the very first time I read it, it always makes me smile.
Now with the new edition. :))

Highly recommend.
Mar 30, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: lgbtqiap
This book. What do I say about this book? Well, let's start out with the fact it's a f-f romance that is realistic. WHICH IS WHAT I HAVE BEEN BEGGING FOR. *clears throat* Excuse the outburst.
Annie on My Mind follows Eliza, a high school senior. Eliza runs into Annie one day in a museum and they start talking and becoming friends. As Eliza starts to grow closer to Annie, Eliza realizes that she's falling for Annie. The story is just so beautiful, until we hit a wall of homophobia.
As a nice litt
oh to be 15 in 1982 and reading this

Rep: lesbian mc and li, lesbian side characters

CWs: lesbophobia
May 28, 2007 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
i didn't read this book until i was in my mid-twenties, though it is a book written for a teen audience. it was published in 1982, but i never even heard about it until i was in a queer women's book club in dc. we decided to read this as one of our selections (as well as "are you there, god? it's me, margaret.") it is truly a beautiful story and perfect for teens struggling with their sexuality. the author, nancy garden, doesn't shy away from many of the difficulties of being queer, but it's hea ...more
Rachel Aranda
4.5-5 stars

Wow! This book is over 30 years old and it’s still relevant. My need for classic LGBTQIA+ reads has been satisfied with “Annie on my Mind” by Nancy Garden. I needed a moment to gather my thoughts as this was a book that made me reflect on myself and my life. I’m lucky in the fact that I found the love of my life and am able to show my love for them in minor ways like a hug that lasts a bit too long and kissing in public without much worry anyone will disapprove. I recognize my privile
Sara ➽ Ink Is My Sword
3.5 "Healthy teen relationship rep" Stars

yes, I placed this in my classic shelf, what are you gonna do about that? Lesbian classic lit.

May 02, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
First impression: UGH. I'd heard about the use of archaic words, but man a-live.

Thankfully that went away after a while.

More importantly, Annie bothered me. A lot. Who breaks into spontaneous Shakespearean character? Annoying Shakesperean character? I didn't get what it was about her that entranced Liza.

But then everything changed. I realized the metaphor behind the Shakespeare, and eventually the two of them (Annie in particular) stopped doing it. They gradually became, as Annie said, "real."
Sep 18, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
“What matters is the truth of loving, of two people finding each other. That’s what's important, and don't you forget it.”

I really wish I’d read this book earlier. I definitely still appreciated it as an adult, but I feel like this book could have been incredibly important for me as a younger teen. Being able to read a book about two girls in high school falling in love, a story about two girls realizing they like girls…a story like this one would have made a huge difference in my life. It t
Just a man's point of view
I think reviewing Annie on my mind should be a little different than other contemporary lesbian romances.

We should keep in mind that this book was written with a purpose. In the words of the author: "I wrote it to give solace to young gay people, to let them know they were not alone, that they could be happy and well adjusted and also to let heterosexual kids know that we gay people aren't monsters".
We should remember that this book was published in 1982, that it was banned from Kansan City scho
Charlotte Annelise
This book follows Eliza, a seventeen-year-old girl. She is heavily involved in her school's activities and loves going to museums in New York. When she meets Annie, their love for each other grows and the two realise they cannot let anyone know about their romance.

I did not realise this book would be so difficult to read. While it is mostly positive surrounding gay people, many of the characters are very harsh. I wouldn't recommend this book to someone who isn't fully comfortable with their sex
MissBecka Gee
I didn't realize this was published in 1982 until I was listening to the interview with the author at the end of the audio.
It is surprisingly ahead of it's time and extremely well written.
It is even cooler to learn that this is based on the author's real life experiences as a teen.
It's a very sweet and honest story.
I've read similar stories that were done better, hence the 3 stars.
I would recommend this to everyone.
Mar 30, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
I did not find the characters as enchanting as they found each other :), but I did enjoy the story, - this I say as a straight, adult (not that young anymore, but not quite middle-aged, according to Wiki) lady.

For a young gay person, on the other hand, I do think this is a splendid read because, on the one hand, it addresses the problems of self-identification as gay, coming out, and, of course, homophobia; while, on the other hand, it's not overly lurid and the ending is a happy one.

The styl
Les Read
Jan 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Annie on My Mind is a beautiful love story about a friendship that blooms into love for two young women who are from different sides of the track. Liza attends a private high school and comes from a white-collar family, and Annie attends a public school and comes from a lower-income part of town. They're both bright and accomplished teenagers: Liza, who is applying for MIT to study architecture and Annie, a talented singer who dreams of being accepted into the music program at UC Berkeley. The c ...more
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A versatile writer, Nancy Garden has published books for children as well as for teens, nonfiction as well as fiction. But her novel Annie on My Mind, the story of two high school girls who fall in love with each other, has brought her more attention than she wanted when it was burned in front of the Kansas City School Board building in 1993 and banned from school library shelves in Olathe, Kansas ...more

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