A 1982 novel by Nancy Garden.

Liza Winthrop, 17, first meets Annie Kenyon, also 17, at the Metropolitan Art Museum in New York, where she's gone to work on an assignment. Both Liza and Annie are avid museum browsers. Both love medieval lore and history, and both have a flare for the dramatic. They are instantly drawn to each other, and their friendship grows quickly and deeply.

Liza attends an exclusive prep school, Annie a public high school in a working class area where she lives with her Italian immigrant family. Liza is student body president and a much respected leader. As the relationship deepens, both girls begin to realize with some trepidation that there's a dimension to it they didn't expect. Annie realizes before Liza that their attraction is sexual as well as spiritual. Liza finds she has some hard thinking and reading to do about homosexuality.

Their relationship becomes public in a traumatic way when, housesitting for two teachers at Liza's school (who, they discover, are lesbians, though the fact has never been made public) they are discovered by a punitive administrator who dismisses the two teachers and threatens Liza with expulsion. She is reinstated by the board of trustees, but emotional stress with peers and family remain to be worked out.

Ultimately, she finds she can let go of friendships that falter on this issue, and her family supports her, though her parents have to work through their own ambivalence. Annie goes to Berkeley, Liza to MIT, and after some months of silence, they resume contact with hope of reviving a relationship they still cherish, perhaps the more for the lessons it's brought with it.

This book is notable for being one of the first novels to paint lesbians in a positive light - where they weren't [[CureYourGays cured]], the [[PsychoLesbian enemy]], or [[BuryYourGays killed]]. This was... controversial, to say the least; it made the list of most frequently banned books for the next three decades, and it was at one point [[KillItWithFire publicly burnt]] in Kansas City. Nevertheless, it continues to influence modern LGBT authors, and it's still somewhat popular.
* AbsurdlyPowerfulStudentCouncil: Subverted. Liza's School Motto actually is "students shall rule themselves" but during the story Mrs. Poindexter tells the student council what to do. It is suggested that Ms. Stevenson, the student council's advisor, is the only reason students have any say in things.
* AffectionateNickname: "Unicorn" for Annie.
* BrainyBrunette: Liza
* ButchLesbian: [[DiscussedTrope Discussed]] and averted.
* ClosetKey: Annie and Liza for each other.
* {{Cloudcuckoolander}}: Annie at first.
* ComingOutStory
* CoolBigSis: Liza to Chad.
* CureYourGays: Mrs. Poindexter and Ms. Baxter seemed set on doing this. Needless to say, it doesn't work.
* EarnYourHappyEnding: And my GOD, do they have to earn it.
* GayAesop
* {{Gayngst}}: Granted, it's not exactly unwarranted, considering all the shit the girls (especially Liza) go through.
* GenkiGirl: Annie
* HeadbuttOfLove: Liza and Annie on some of the editions of the cover.
* HowWeGotHere Most of the story is just Liza remembering her relationship with Annie from her point of view.
* InnocentlyInsensitive: Sally at the end.
* MeetCute: They meet when Liza finds Annie singing in a corner of the Metropolitan. Annie then convinces Liza to act out a swordfight in the Arms and Armor hall. They own this trope.
* MomentKiller: A couple when Annie and Liza are about to get a bit more intimate. Sometimes, they bring it on themselves on purpose.
* NobodyOverFiftyIsGay: Subverted--the main characters are seventeen, but two of Liza's female teachers, who we can assume are in their late forties or early fifties, are in a relationship.
* ObliviousToLove: Liza reveals that she suspects she had some lesbian tendencies before discovering she was a lesbian, but she just ''never'' stopped to thing about them until after kissing Annie for the first time.
* OfficialCouple: Who else but Annie and Liza?
* OppositesAttract: Downplayed, as Liza is logical, academic and mathematical, whereas Annie is creative, free-spirited, and artistic. However, both girls are deeply intelligent and passionate, and bond plenty over that.
* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: The Trustee board. They openly stop every attempt from Ms. Baxter and Mrs. Poindexter of disrespecting Liza during the hearing at the end of the story.
* RomanticTwoGirlFriendship: Liza's parents think her friendship with Annie is this.
* SchoolgirlLesbians: The girls are seniors in high school when they meet and fall in love.
* SecretRelationship: Liza and Annie do this for awhile. It becomes public at the worst possible moment.
* SweetDreamsFuel: The first half, with the building relationship.
* TheirFirstTime
* TheyDo: ...eventually. WordOfGod says they remain together after the story ends.
* UnresolvedSexualTension: For the first third or so.
* UptownGirl: Liza is from a wealthy area in Brooklyn and attends an elite private school, while Annie lives in a small apartment in Manhattan and attends an underfunded public school. This is an early source of tension in the relationship -- Annie feels insecure about the class difference, while Liza is okay with it but unsure of how to act.