©2007 Nancy Garden; (P)2008 Listening Library
I love this book. It starts as a beautiful love story about two girls falling in love. The second half of this love story explodes.
In today's society gays &lesbians hardly raise an eyebrow. But 25 years ago, when this story take place, homophobia was alive & powerful. This story touch my heart.
I'm simply me
Never read the print version but absolutely loved the audio version
Annie-She had this confidence in the love she felt for Liza, she knew they were meant for each other, while at times it seems Liza had doubts, Annie never did.
Annie, the voice she used for Annie was so soothing, so calm so relaxed, so mature for 17, so real.
How love can conquer all, no-matter the obstacles we face to over-come them, especially in this world that we live in. Always having to fight to be free to be who we are.
The Greek methodology that was used did alot for me, it helped me to understand to certain extent how powerful ones thoughts are, especially when we search our souls and allow ourselves to believe. Annie on my mind opened my eyes to a lot of things, and has helped me to grow stronger as a lesbian.
The story, as a whole, is quite enjoyable (though clearly dated). There are certainly struggles and conflict but the book doesn't read like some other LGBT books that are so tragic and violent--that they made me concerned for the youth reading them. This book has some hope and a potential for a happy ending in a way that some others certainly didn't. For me, that was one of the most enjoyable.
Some of the dialogue felt really inauthentic and forced so I wish that would have been a bit better (or maybe it was just so predictable). I actually cringed a few times during conversations because it just felt that awkward to me--though this could absolutely be a result of the book being over 30 years old.
There were also a few actual story details that I didn't love--I didn't like how things played out with various things at Foster (trying not to give spoilers).
Liza is the most obvious answer. Generally speaking, I enjoyed Rebecca's story telling--not my favorite but it was certainly good and none of the voices were really bothersome.
Although dated, I really felt I had to read such a pioneering book for this genre!
Yes. It's just such a compelling, heartfelt story. Probably one I will make a yearly "read."
Other than a vaguely familiar sounding title, I didn't know anything about "Annie on my Mind." I bought it on a whim in an Audible sale purchase sweep. I finished the audiobook in under 3 days. Annie and Liza read like people I knew. I was invested in their story. Highly recommend this audio book.
This story really took me back to when I was 17 and unsure of myself. I appreciated how honest the author made the characters feelings. It was refreshing to see a not over-the-top representation of teenage love. To the girls, there was no sense of politics, or huge statements, they just loved each other. This is a must read if you are looking for a "feel good" romance story. It's a bonus to me that they are two women.
I'm a mother, a teacher and terribly dyslexic. I spend a lot of my time listening to podcast, or audiobooks whilst doing other boring tasks.
This is a love story about two seventeen year olds falling in love in the 80s. It just happens that they are both girls. The story is a classic romance that is a little bit predictable, but beautifully written nonetheless. Well worth a read/listen, and perfect for any teens out there that are questioning there sexuality.
I loved the gentle, honest story of Annie and Liza. I was captivated from the moment I started listening. It gives me hope. Although it is categorized as a "teen" novel, I am approaching 40 years of age, and just coming in to who I am, and this story, although fiction, has brought me such beautiful clarity! Rebecca Lowman's reading of this beautiful, timeless tale is perfect. Her sincerity is obvious, and the characters take on a life of their own. After Rebecca's reading, the author, Nancy Garden, speaks to the reader. It's fantastic.
It was nice listening to the interview with the author at the end and realizing that we really have made progress with at least awareness, although the awkward teen years never change and I'm sure are made even more so with a GLBTQ epiphany. I'm not gay myself, but I grew up in a pretty progressive household (I did not appreciate this at the time, but only later realized that not everyone's mother's dear friend lived with her partner, not everyone has the opportunity to experience drag clubs as a teenager, and that Madison, Wisconsin is a special place). Sensitive and very well done as a coming of age novel for anyone.
I loved this book. The writing is lovely and descriptive, and the development of the romance and the characters feels very true-to-life. I would recommend this book to anyone.
I really thank the author,Nancy Garden who wanted to share the true meaning of love between two same genders. This book encouraged me to open my mind wider. Her interview was also impressive.
I hope you will also enjoy too.
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