* SomeAnvilsNeedToBeDropped: This book's pro-acceptance theme is ''not'' subtle. But when you consider it came out in 1982, just after the AIDS crisis began and homophobia was incredibly rampant, people actually ''burned'' the book for daring to have sympathetic lesbian characters, the author was a lesbian who had difficulty accepting herself and being accepted by others and wrote the book based on her own experiences, and the GayAesop is one certain people still can't get through their heads ''today''... It's easy to see why Garden decided to use all the gentleness of a brick to the head with this one.
* TheWoobie: Both of the main girls. Annie comes from a poor family and has a distant mother, goes to a crappy school, and feels jealous of Liza's good living situation. Liza has to deal with oppression at school from students and teachers alike and wants to be with Annie, but also wants to be normal.