I just finished listening to the audio book of your story.
And I fell in love with you falling in love.
With your meeting Annie at the Met. With your play-acting sword-fights. With your blossoming from friendship to infatuation to love to passion.
With your fighting so hard to keep that love, when everything seemed to turn against the two of you.
With your struggle to figure things out. Write it all down. Make sense of the past... And your heart. And your future.
And then, oh, Liza, your happy ending!
Your story gave me chills. It made me teary-eyed. I was you, Liza. And Annie. And Ms. Stevenson, and Ms. Widmer. I was all of you, and somehow, through the magic of your author's art, you were all me. ...And I'm not even a girl!
I know they tried to ban your story. They burned copies. But your story lives on. (I listened to the audio of the 25th anniversary edition, and loved the interview with your author, Nancy Garden, and K.T. Horning at the end!)
Liza, reading your story made me so, so happy. I know that despite the book banners, "Annie On My Mind" will be read, and loved, and continue to change lives for generations to come.
Please say thank you to your author Nancy, for giving us you, and Annie, and a love story that gave me (and so many others) hope.
You were the very first teen novel with a main GLBTQ character with an absolute happy ending.
And you changed the world.
ps- Annie on my Mind is beautifully reviewed by Roger Sutton at The Horn Book, and also by readers here at the I'm Here. I'm Queer. What the Hell do I Read? listing. You can find out more about the efforts to ban this book - and how the book and author triumphed at Nancy Garden's website.