The Girl He Used to Know by Tracey Garvis Graves

Genre: Fiction, Romance
Source: Compulsive Readers


About The Book

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

This is a sweet story, full of hope and love, something we always dream but not always get, trust me, this is a book you will want to read!
Since the beginning I felt connected with Annika, a girl that doesn’t know how to connect with the people around her, she prefers solitude and a book that being surrounded by other people or having to share her space with them. So, when she meets Jonathan, she doesn’t expect to be taken care off or feeling comfortable with him… But this was 10 years ago, and the relationship didn’t end well between them… maybe now it will be their moment?
I am not sure if I like Jonathan, on one side he really seems to like being with Annika and likes her for how she is, doesn’t want to change her. But then, he always comments how pretty she is, making me think that he “accepts” how she is only because she is pretty…
But, even if you don’t like “totally” the characters, the story is really sweet, how Annika has changed and tries to “improve” her way to talk to other people and be more “normal”; and that’s why after 10 years without talking to Jonathan, when she saw them, she felt compelled to call him and change what did go wrong the last time…
Annika has really changed; she dresses different and now she is more “comfortable” with people; and the most important thing, she really wants to connect again with Jonathan. But Jonathan has passed a divorce and knows the pain of a broken heart too many times, prefers to keep the distance with Annika…
But you know what? True love is something too deep to fight or to try to ignore… is it true love what Annika and Jonathan feel for each other? Or their time together has passed and now they can only be a dream?
You will have to read the book if you want to know the full story, and I am sure you’ll love it! 😉

About The Author

Tracey Garvis Graves is the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today bestselling author of contemporary fiction. Her debut novel, On the Island, spent 9 weeks on the New York Times bestseller list, has been translated into thirty-one languages, and is in development with MGM and Temple Hill Productions for a feature film. She is also the author of Uncharted, Covet, Every Time I Think of You, Cherish, Heart-Shaped Hack, White-Hot Hack, and The Girl He Used to Know. She is hard at work on her next book.