‘The Girl He Used To Know’ by Tracey Garvis Graves
Genre: Romance, Women’s Fiction
Published: 04 Apr 2019, Trapeze Orion Publishing Group
Swathi’s Rating: 4/5
I am so glad that I had the opportunity to read and review this lovely book – thanks to the publisher. This is a soft romance for a cozy weekend that would keep you hooked until you know what happened to the main characters. The author is brilliant and it’s a must read for romance fiction lovers! Happy reading xx
What if you had a second chance at first love?
Annika Rose likes being alone.
She feels lost in social situations, saying the wrong thing or acting the wrong way. She just can’t read people. She prefers the quiet solitude of books or playing chess to being around others. Apart from Jonathan. She liked being around him, but she hasn’t seen him for ten years. Until now that is. And she’s not sure he’ll want to see her again after what happened all those years ago.
Annika Rose likes being alone.
Except that, actually, she doesn’t like being alone at all.
‘The Girl He Used to Know’ is a beautifully written romantic story between Annika and Jonathan. Annika is socially awkward, anxious and shy. She is on an autism spectrum but there wasn’t much awareness about this in the 90s so she was considered just plainly weird or a freak by the people surrounding her.
1991. At college, her roommate Jannice is everything Annika could ask for. She understands and takes care of her like the sister she never had, and Annika is grateful for having Jannice in her life. Janice introces Annica to a chess club at college where starts to play regularly during sundays. And that’s where she meets Jonathan. Jonathan is immediately drawn to Annica, mainly because she is gorgeous and wants to try out his luck on her. Soon he understands what she’s really like and treats her soft and sweet, making her comfortable around him. They develop a bonding which soon becomes inseparable and loving. But a terrible tragedy strikes, and the couple are torn apart. Jonathan moves to New York where he starts his Job.
2001. Annika now works at a Library in New York, a job she’s passionate about and loves every bit of it. She meets Jonathan at a supermarket and immediately wants to rekindle their relationship. Jonathan, now divorced has his divorced, has his doubts but knowing Annika he too, wants to try it out. Will the second chance work for these love birds? Has too much happened in the 10 years that would stop them from uniting forever?
Written beautifully, I don’t know if I loved Annika more or Jonathan less. Jonathan is every girl’s dream. He’s so gently, caring and honest with Annika. I have never had the pleasure of meeting someone like Annika, but now I want to befriend such a person for life. I did not understand the importance of the timeline until the story presented itself with a twist! That was quite unexpected and a job well done. I loved this book so much and it was a quick read for me. I am thankful to the publisher for having me on the official blog tour and sending along a proof copy. All opinions are mine.
Meet 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.