The Girl He Used to Know

Author: Tracey Garvis Graves

Published: April 2, 2019

Publisher: St. Martin’s Press (Thank you!!!)

Where I picked up my book: Gifted from publisher

Key Words: love story, second chances, compassion

My Rating: 3 stars

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Synopsis (via Goodreads):

Annika (rhymes with Monica) Rose is an English major at the University of Illinois. Anxious in social situations where she finds most people’s behavior confusing, she’d rather be surrounded by the order and discipline of books or the quiet solitude of playing chess.

Jonathan Hoffman joined the chess club and lost his first game–and his heart–to the shy and awkward, yet brilliant and beautiful Annika. He admires her ability to be true to herself, quirks and all, and accepts the challenges involved in pursuing a relationship with her. Jonathan and Annika bring out the best in each other, finding the confidence and courage within themselves to plan a future together. What follows is a tumultuous yet tender love affair that withstands everything except the unforeseen tragedy that forces them apart, shattering their connection and leaving them to navigate their lives alone.

Now, a decade later, fate reunites Annika and Jonathan in Chicago. She’s living the life she wanted as a librarian. He’s a Wall Street whiz, recovering from a divorce and seeking a fresh start. The attraction and strong feelings they once shared are instantly rekindled, but until they confront the fears and anxieties that drove them apart, their second chance will end before it truly begins.

My Thoughts:

Sometimes I crave a book that has some depth, likable characters, and a unique plot that pulls me along frantically flipping pages. This was the perfect book for that! I cried, I laughed, I worried, I rallied and rooted for them and I missed these characters when I finished up the book. Some may call this book slightly predictable or that there was too much packed into one story (I borderline on this one myself), but I loved it and miss these characters now that I have finished their story.

There are some major themes going on in this book, but I don’t want to give anything away. I think it made it more enjoyable to go into this one relatively blind. The one big theme and takeaway from this book for me is…What is love? What does it mean to be in love? People say that it’s loving someone despite their flaws and quirks, but this book reminded me that it’s BECAUSE of these flaws and quirks that we should love someone. Annika and Jonathan reminded me of that and it warms my heart more than I could imagine. I hope you’ll give this quick, sweet story a read when it comes out in April-you won’t regret it.

If you liked Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine, give this one a try!

bookishfolk…read instead.

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