©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.
Mom of 2
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.
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.
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 narration was perfect at capturing the raw emotion. As soon as i heard the first words, "it's raining annie", i knew i was going to be captured by the melancholy of this story. The narrator was able to put me instantly into the hearts and souls of these two young girls in love. She was able to convey the love and joy underneath the confusion and difficult situations, and not in a sad depressing way. I was unable to do anything other than stare out the window as this story was told. I was transported into the world of the story, helpless to do anything else until the narrator was finished telling this deeply personal and touching tale.
I highly admire the courage of Nancy Garden to write and publish this title twenty-five years ago when it was so sorely needed - and still is today. However, I found many of the scenes to be too lengthy and it lost my attention too many times. It may be a sign of the times in that YA books are more succinct nowadays, thanks to the shortening of our attention spans. It got preachy at times in the second half of the book, but again we have to remember when it was published. In that respect it was an important reminder of how far we've come in the years since the book was published, and how far we still have to come.
I found the narration to be one of the most distracting parts of the book. I felt her voice was too
It was admirable to know that such a book was written twenty-five years ago for teens and featuring teens. But, not really worth listening to for the story itself. I did it mainly for research.
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.
This is one of the best books I have listened to, I would love to see Nancy write more books in this genre.
It was narrated perfectly.
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