“Don’t punish yourselves for people’s ignorant reactions to what we all are.”
“Don’t let ignorance win,” said Ms. Stevenson. “Let love.”
Title: Annie on My Mind
Author: Nancy Garden
Number of pages: 183 (kindle edition)
Good things about this book: It really is a magical love story written sweetly and flawlessly.
Bad things about this book: Nothing, just the neverending frustration because people are the worst.
Do I recommend it? Yes, it’s a wonderful book.
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Copy given by NetGalley
This book surprised me. I requested it on Netgalley not knowing it was a book first published in 1982 and if it wasn’t for Goodreads I would’ve start reading the book not knowing it. It didn’t sound like a book from the 80’s (if you bypass the no cellphones thing): the school system is mostly still the same so I didn’t notice a difference but most of all people are still ignorant and close-minded today as they were back there. It all sounded very contemporary. Things are better now and I’m positive it will get better and better every year while there’s still someone fighting! While we still fight ignorance and violence every single day.
Much of that winter was— magical is the only word again— and a big part of that magic was that no matter how much of ourselves we found to give each other, there was always more we wanted to give.
Liza and Annie met one day at the museum and that was it, they were destined to be one, to fall in love. Their love does not come easily because both girls are confused and finding out more and more about themselves every day. Looking back it all makes sense but being gay isn’t easy; it comes with too much unnecessary pain. Will Liza and Annie be able to love each other as much as they both deserve without the ignorance of people compromising their happiness? This is a book about first loves, first struggles, and the strength that we have to find inside our hearts to overcome everything in the face of injustice and in order to live true to ourselves. Not an easy journey yet one they both can’t ignore.
“Unicorns. Maidens and knights. Staring at noses, even. I don’t want to pretend any more. You make me— want to be real.”
From the very beginning the story sounded genuine and relatable. The characters of Liza and Annie were very different from each other but at the same time they could represent parts of us readers. The message is not one of disgrace but one of hope, because if we don’t fight for what we believe is right, for what else are we supposed to fight for? These girls start a journey that will put a toll on them but it’s a worth one. The plot flows calm but steady giving us insights of their dates, their walks, their share smiles and knowing gazes. We are silent spectators to something magical, to fate doing a perfect job. I enjoyed being part of their magic, and I shared tears of joy and sadness with both of them. It hurt, the feeling of frustration, it crushed my heart. I deserved to see a happy ending as much as Liza and Annie deserved one.
“There are a lot of unfair things in this world, and gay people certainly come in for their share of them— but so do lots of other people, and besides, it doesn’t really matter. 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’m not sad I found this book this late because at least I found it. If you haven’t read this book I strongly recommend you do it. As soon as I started it, I received positive comments from people who knew and read it. It made the reading experience so much better knowing how much love this book had all around the world. I wanted to be part of the loving fandom. I want to let love win, always!