First published in the 1980's, Annie on My Mind is a little-known gem of a novel. This sweet, coming-of-age book tells the story of Liza and Annie, two young women in their senior years of high school. Liza is a well-to-do perfectionist at a prestigious but struggling private school; Annie is the poor child of Italian immigrants who hopes to become a singer. When the two meet at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, they form a fast friendship. As they spend more and more time together, their friendship blossoms into a love. The two characters grapple with how their newfound romance will affect their lives. Should they tell their parents? What if someone from their schools finds out? What does it mean to be a young lesbian in the 1980's? Liza and Annie struggle with these questions as they fall more and more hopelessly in love. All too relatable and bittersweet, Annie on My Mind is a charming young adult novel sure to capture the heart of any young LGBT teen.
Liza begins to doubt her feelings for Annie after someone finds out about their relationship, and realizes, after starting college, that her denial of love for Annie was a mistake.