1982. ANNIE ON MY MIND. New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux. ISBN: 0374303665.
Liza discover that falling in love is both wonderful and confusing. ANNIE ON
MY MIND is a novel about two teenage girls who fall in love with each other. The
story unfolds after the two girls meet in the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New
York and become enchanted with one another. They begin
to spend a vast amount of time together resulting in the self discovery that they are gay. “‘Look,’ said
Annie. She closed her hand on mine and pointed up with her other hand. ‘The stars match the lights, Liza, look.’… ‘Real, but sometimes beautiful,’
I said, aware that I was liking Annie’s hand touching mine, but not thinking beyond that.” It is rather difficult for each of the girls at first, but through a series of events they eventually admit
to themselves that they are gay and they truly love each other. However, that
is only half of the battle. They have not told anyone else about their love and
both are worried that someone may find out. Indeed, someone does find out, and
that causes Liza some very unpleasant consequences at school. Not only are the
consequences of the girls’ actions bad for Liza, but for other people as well.
After the girls are discovered, Liza begins to question her true feelings for Annie. It is not until Liza is away at
college that she begins to rethink her feelings for Annie. She thinks back to
two statements Ms. Widmer and Ms. Stevenson said, “Don’t punish yourselves for people’s ignorant reactions
to what we all are.” “Don’t let ignorance win. Let love.” This is when Liza is truly able to admit
her feelings for Annie and picks up the phone to call her.
has created two very strong characters in Annie and Liza. Both are tormented
and frightened by their feelings, but they continue to see each other while trying to discover their true identities. ANNIE ON MY MIND is a bittersweet love story that departs from the fact based information
on homosexuality and describes the romance involved between the two characters. The
story is well written and shares an experience that may open the eyes and hearts of many young adults.
ON MY MIND was an eye-opener (maybe ‘heartopener’ is a better term.” The
story of two young women who love each other. It is an honest portrayal of their
love with an ending that is in keeping with, and worthy of, the rest of the book.”