Garden, N. (1982). Annie on my mind. New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux.
After failing to report Sally for piercing ears in the girls room, Liza has to commit to helping out with the school fund raiser.Throughout the remainder of her senior year, Liza will be expected to have an impeccable record. Soon after meeting Annie, the girls realize that they may like each other as more than just friends. After Liza volunteers to feed her student council sponsors’ cat while they are away for spring break, Annie and Eliza find themselves in compromising situations when a school administrator knocks on the door. After much deliberation and very humiliating meetings between Liza, the school board, her parents and principal, it is decided that this will have no effect on Liza’s transcripts or school standing. The teachers who have now been identified as gay, however, will no longer be employed at Foster regardless of their impeccable job performance history. Annie and Eliza go separate ways after graduation. After completely recalling the last year through this story, Liza gets in touch with Annie and decides to be true to herself regardless of other opinions.
Commentary and Text Connections:
Annie on my Mind is the young adult novel that began a trend of novrels with homosexual protagonists who are not punished for their sexuality. In today’s day and age, Annie and Eliza represent a vast number of the youth in America. This realisticfiction is a reality for many and may help others who do not understand or empathize with those who live a lifestyle different from their own. Annie and Liza serve as a great reminder to treat others as we would like to be treated – a lesson that never gets old but only means more as we get older.