The Girl He Used to Know



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.The Girl He Used to Know

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

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  • Hardcover
  • 291 pages
  • The Girl He Used to Know
  • Tracey Garvis Graves
  • English
  • 03 December 2018
  • 9781250200358

10 thoughts on “The Girl He Used to Know

  1. says:

    Are you going to kiss me He laughed I was planning on it, yes Okay I m ready While I enjoyed witnessing this story unfold and truly appreciate how Graves approached certain themes within this book, my true determination to reach the last page was because of the beautiful flower we meet called Annika Rose _______________ Romance While yes, this is a romance novel filled with all the kisses and warm moments you d want in one I d like to think this was so a story of hope Hope for a strange and gorgeously odd girl that never really got the manual for life I loved the way we saw Annika find herself and grow through the years and tears This story begins with Annika meeting her ex college boyfriend Jonathan At the start, we don t know why they split up or why this is the first time they are seeing each other after ten years but we know that somehow, it foreshadows to Annika s fault Which after finishing this book, I can most confidently say that Annika deserves so much better But I will call I ll apologize Ask him if we can start over Clean slate, I ll say.Such is my desire to replace the memories of the girl he used to know with the woman I ve become The story itself moves from past to present POV s from both Jonathan and Annika We watch as their love unfolds and Annika becomes someone she is proud of I won t give away too much, and really I think it s better if you go into this one blind Although there were a lot of sub plots and story arcs, I felt like it was easy enough to follow Where do we start I ask.Will smiles I ve always found the beginning to be a good place Before I address the parts that I felt really took away the magic of the story I m going to go through the parts that I really adored I struggled to decide whether I should give this a 2 or 3 star rating and am still hesitant Maybe as this review writes itself, I ll find out my final answer The Characters Firstly, Annika has my whole heart at the moment and I am not afraid to throw down anyone who says she isn t the purest angel She is kind and warmhearted towards everything and although she may not understand the world around her, she knows love Annika was truly the winning piece in this story and I felt so comfortable reading her POV It felt like being inside her head with all the weird fragmentations and beautifully blunt observations Secondly, Janice Janice was the kick ass, bad ass girlfriend that everyone needs in their life Especially through college when everything feels like it s constantly changing and you can t keep up I really enjoyed that the author put in a girl advocating another girl instead of bringing her down trope It makes my heart sing whenever I see cliches like that kicked to the curb Now for Jonathan My mother warned me about men like him His touch grounded me and made me feel as if nothing bad could ever happen as long as Jonathan had ahold of my hand I would really like to say that he was selfless, mindful of Annika s health and disorder, loving and noble In truth, we were made to believe he was However, reaching the end of the novel and watching everything come to light, I saw a wolf in sheep s clothing The whole time we think that Annika did something, and without giving anything away she went through such hard shit in her life and continues to blame herself for everything Then enters Jonathan, who all but doesn t want to give her a second chance because he agrees Next comes the dialogue and trust between the two of them By the second half of the book, it truly came across that Jonathan felt like he was just settling Annika loved him way than he did her and it really fleshed out that way We saw her constantly battling to be a better version of herself and there comes a point in the book when Jonathan all but tells her that he may never find his perfect girl, so Annika is good enough This man frustrated the living fuck out of me He was selfish and under the surface manipulative He reminded me of a lot of toxic people that wear a mask in order to pretend they are actually fucking living light Every time I thought there would be some sort of redemption and justice, he went and mentioned how pretty she was There s something about having a pretty girl on your arm and knowing she s into you that makes you feel like showing her off The Writing Having read Graves previous work On the Island, I have really come to enjoy her simple yet subtly poetic writing I loved that this wasn t a magic dick syndrome story or another love can cure me one either It showed how important it is to take hold of your own life regardless of who you want to please or who you want to be with Overall, I enjoyed some of the warm moments that this story had to offer, but I wish there was . Thinking now, I feel like this is a 2.5 stars, all because of Annika and the way she held herself and her dialogue The other half of the rating was lost due to the endless amounts of sub plots and Jonathan Because fuck him.

  2. says:

    Clearly this is a testament to how shallow I am because I ve never been tempted by this author s books before when the covers featured photographs of women staring at the horizon, but give me an arty hipster cover and I m all for it It was a mistake, obviously.I could tell you that this book bored me, that the characters had no chemistry, that it was all telling and no showing, that the writing was robotic even in Jonathan s chapters so, no, this can t be attributed to Annika being autistic , and all of that would be true But it is not what bothered me most.By far the most irritating aspect of The Girl He Used to Know is the way the author handled some of the themes I won t spoil the ending, but that whole drama that flew in at the last minute seemed unnecessary and a bit tasteless, honestly view spoiler of course Jonathan was in the South Tower on 9 11 hide spoiler

  3. says:

    Sweet read about first love, heartbreak, and second chances Annika and Jonathan first met while in college in 1991 Annika, awkward, shy, and socially inept, has trouble connecting people She is on the spectrum, but it is 1991 and Autism was not a common diagnosis Annika struggles during her time as an undergraduate She has one close friend and spends a lot of her time in solitude When she is partnered up with Jonathan during a chess game, Jonathan sees her in a different light than others They eventually begin dating and have an intense romance Fast forward to 2001 Annika lives in Chicago and is working at her dream job at a library A random shopping excursion at a grocery store, she runs into Jonathan They broke up 10 years ago, but the reader isn t aware of why They rekindle their relationship, but a terrible event puts their relationship in jeopardy The narrative switches between 1991 and 2001, alternating between Annika and Jonathan s earlier relationship and back to 2001 where they are trying to put the pieces back together from what broke them up in the past Both of their POV s are shared, but I was interested in Annika s chapters than Jonathan s, even though both characters are likable, there was just something compelling about her voice.There s an ease about THe Girl He Used to Know From the first page, I was sucked in by Annika s voice and couldn t stop reading Graves does a nice job of capturing Annika s feelings of anxiety and sometimes exclusion The romance with Jonathan, especially during their college years, was super sweet As much as I loved reading this, when I got closer to the ending, I put it aside for a while because I knew by the date what was to come and I didn t know how things were going to play out I was terrified the ending was going to be painful and awful, but it was not The ending seemed a little rushed, and I was left wanting Overall, this was an enjoyable, light read with likable characters and a compelling romance.Thank you to Marissa from St, Martin s Press for sending me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

  4. says:

    4.5 Stars My reviews can also be seen at

  5. says:

    It is such a wonderful feeling when you read a book and you fall in love with the characters Sure, many books have enjoyable characters but it s not often you get to meet someone special I absolutely adored Annika She shares some similarities with another character in a book I read recently, but while that book was an okay read, this one truly captured my heart Back in the early 1990s, Annika and Johnathan were seniors at the University of Illinois Annika gets anxious in social situations which is probably why she enjoys the game of chess because it doesn t involve much talking After playing a few games against Annika as members of the university chess club, Johnathan finds her intriguing and admires how she remains true to herself even if she comes across as different While the two form a connection, something happens that tears them apart Ten years later, they run into one another in Chicago and slowly start to get to know each other again But with so many things left unresolved from the past, is it even possible to move on and give love another shot Hopefully, my synopsis doesn t read too much like a typical second chance romance because in my opinion this book was so much than that There s a pretty big theme going on in the story that I m sure most people will pick up on early but the author doesn t fully address until pretty far into the book Despite the fact there are many differences, I found myself relating to some of the aspects of Annika s personality And yet it was also really easy to relate to Johnathan and how he tried to adapt so he could bring out the best in Annika I just really enjoyed seeing the two of them interact, back as students and also meeting back up again ten years later This was such an incredible read for me So many touching moments and passages I would read and then have to pause for a bit because I was so moved Maybe this won t be a perfect read for everyone but I do think it is absolutely worth it to give it a shot One of my favorite reads this year Thank you to St Martin s Press for the opportunity to read an advance copy I was under no obligation to post a review and all views expressed are my honest opinion.

  6. says:

    When past mistakes make you into a stronger individual, for the sake of wanting the one true person that makes you better, that s what this compelling romance does to the wonderful characters Never have read this author before, so you should all know that I am very sensitive when it comes down to new authors, especially authors in which come from a line of very little known romance that I have heard or read from But to my surprise, this novel did not upset me in any sort of way On the contrary, it had everything that I was hoping would get me out of my book slump Everything a romance should entail when it comes down to emotional in depth struggles, to having a second chance at true love in which will have you as the reader, emotionally drained for .I am not the biggest fan of flashback chapters, but this novel was one that I was able to tolerate due to the fact that Annika and Jonathan have such a complex back story in which had me questioning as to why they ended up separating in the first place As previously mentioned, this is a second chance romance That in itself is also another triggering point in which I would have never picked up this novel But thank goodness that I did because I would have regretted it otherwise Annika is such a unique character, one in which has social concerns that make me want to hug her and become her next best friend Jonathan has known her for a while now, so after seeing each other after so many years, his attraction towards Annika is one that never seemed to diminish A bond that made them the ideal partnership both physically and emotionally.Overall, Tracey has outdone herself with the creation of this romantic novel that will have you swept from your feet I am glad that we can have the chance of reading romance such as this one that makes you slow down and truly find that one person that will have your heart in the best way possible by protecting it cherishing it, and knowing when to do what s best Thank you to SMP for sending over this novel as I will not be on the lookout for of Tracey s novels ARC kindly provided by SMP, in exchange for an honest reviewFollow Me On Blog Instagram Facebook Twitter

  7. says:

    4 Undeniably Unique StarsI was beyond thrilled to have received an ARC for this book having loved every single, solitary word of On The Island Once again, Ms Graves writing skills transports you to an alternate universe of uniqueness Honest to goodness, if you are looking for a romance which is a far cry from the usual, this author fills the bill I couldn t have been engrossed if I tried.We meet two individuals whom I immediately fell in love and connected with The beautiful Annika, whose social skills would be deemed awkward by society s standards and Jonathan, who is smart, personable and terrifically good looking.While this is a sweet romance, there is also an important secondary storyline making this such an extraordinary read To say Annika is odd is an understatement The way in which she copes with the challenges and adversity of everyday life captivated and endeared her to my deepest core And Jonathan wow he is a humble hero Marched to the beat of a different drum, did she She marched to the beat of an entirely different band One you ve never heard of and under no circumstances ever expected to like Annika and Jonathan meet and start dating during their senior year of college and when they unexpectedly bump into each other again, ten years have passed.The telling of the story goes back and forth between then and now and with a dual narrative, which works seamlessly.But, what I really craved was an epilogue Like really, really craved Did I get my HEA I think so, but needed , a lot .Of course, I went into this beautiful story with blinders on, and hope you will too It is an unforgettable and unparalleled read.

  8. says:

    At its core The Girl He Used to Know is a story of love, acceptance and second chances.Annika and Jonathan come face to face in a grocery storeafter 10 years The two were college sweethearts and it is instantly apparent that the connection they shared is alive and well even after years of absence Annika and Jonathan s love story was heartwarming, endearing and unique I enjoyed watching their relationship unfold through the dual timelines both for the first time in 1991 and the second time in 2001 Annika is beautiful, intelligent and quirky She is also on the autism spectrum Although she is considered to be high functioning, she suffers from social awkwardness Through the course of her life this has led to people taking advantage of her, mistreating her and dismissing her Yet, as we come to know Annika we realize she is strong, brave, caring, loyal and trusting to a fault Graves did a phenomenal job developing Annika s character I found myself rooting for her and wanting to be her friend Jonathan loved and accepted Annika for who she was He was so sweet, gentle and understanding of her needs and quirks They truly balanced each other out with their relationship He was a sense of security for her With him, Annika tried new things and discovered than her usual routine was possible In turn, she offered Jonathan a fierce and unyielding love Although Annika and Jonathan were the main characters Graves solidly built secondary characters that were an integral part of the story I adored Annika s best friend Janice who was truly a light in her life Janice helped Annika navigate the world socially She acted as her translator, confidant, and guide Their friendship was just so emotionally satisfying I adored that Annika had this strong friend who accepted her and saw all she had to offer others The one negative I have for this amazing story was the ending It felt rushed after the time spent building their relationship I didn t see the traumatic event coming and while I felt a bit like it came out of left field, I was ok with it I simply didn t appreciate the abrupt ending after everything Annika and Jonathan and me had been through together This was a strong debut from Tracey Garvis Graves Annika is the kind of character that will definitely remain strong in my memory and her story was well developed, emotional and left me feeling content Thank you Tracey Garvis Graves, St Martin s Press and NetGalley for the opportunity to read and review an arc of this book.

  9. says:

    my first ARC for 2019 and i honestly couldnt have hoped for a better book maybe its just because my past week or so has been very fantasy heavy, but i really needed this sweet contemporary romance.i have never read a second chance at first love story that i didnt enjoy, and this is no exception this story is rather simple the writing is fairly basic and when it comes to annika and jonathan, there isnt really much that happens in regards to a plot this is just a story about two people who come to love each other and then later learn that that love never went away but i think that by keeping this story simple, it adds to the integrity and sincerity of the characters also, i love reading about someone on the spectrum it makes me so happy that this has become common representation in books lately i will also mention that i was let down by the ending the last couple of chapters feel like an entirely different story to me and i am not quite sure why it took the direction it did i can kind of understand if the author was trying create an intense moment for the reader to become emotionally invested in annika and jonathan, but the manner in which she did it did not seem necessary to me it is very out of place, rushed, and just not feel like the right conclusion to this story but overall, this is a delightfully wholesome novel and it may have been my first TGG book, but i doubt it will be my last thanks again to st martins press for the advance copy and i hope you guys keep an eye out for this when it releases in just a few months 3.5 stars

  10. says:

    Wow, wow, WOW This book was amazing It s like everyone around you has a copy of the script of life, but no one gave it to you so you have to go in blind and hope you can muddle your way through And you ll be wrong most of the time Annika Rose is different from other people She s much comfortable with solitude, and would much rather be in the company of animals, hiding under her comforter and reading a book, or getting lost in a competitive game of chess than spending time with her fellow undergraduates at the University of Illinois.She dreams of life as a librarian, surrounded by books, but she often doesn t notice social cues, and she wishes that people would be direct about what they think and feel rather than make her figure it out Luckily, Annika has her roommate, Janice, to help her navigate through the confusing and anxiety provoking world of college.When Annika meets Jonathan Hoffman in her senior year at a meeting of the school s chess club, she can t quite understand why he s interested in talking to her, or continuing to play her once she beat him, badly She knows she s attractive she s been told her face is aesthetically pleasing but she s sure that he d be interested in someone comfortable in social situations, a girl who wears makeup and enjoys going to bars and listening to loud music.But Jonathan keeps coming back, and after a while he makes it clear that he s interested in Annika, and he s willing to help calm her fears and understand the things that make her nervous or anxious, because he wants a relationship with her.The two fall deeply in love and begin to plan a future together in New York City after graduation It s not always an easy path sometimes Annika misses Jonathan s signals, or is unable to do the things he hopes she will but with Jonathan, for the first time since leaving home, she feels safe, understood, and loved But even the intensity of their love isn t enough to withstand an unexpected obstacle which tears them apart, leaving them to chart the course of the future on their own.Ten years later, Annika is living in Chicago and working at a library She s a much stronger person than she was in college, and she understands her role in what happened in her relationship with Jonathan But despite keeping up a strong fa ade, she s utterly unprepared to run into him in a grocery store He s back in the area after a career on Wall Street and a divorce, and seeing Annika again rekindles all the old feelings But can he trust his heart to give her a second chance Annika is determined to show Jonathan how much she has changed, and is willing to take it slow if that s what it takes Can a relationship that was so intense the first time pick up where it left off, after so much has transpired between them Is Jonathan still willing to accept Annika the way she is Can they move past the things that drove them apart, and can they finally have the future they had dreamed of The Girl He Used to Know is an utterly fantastic book which blew me away I read the entire book on a plane ride home Tracey Garvis Graves has created an incredible set of characters, with such complexity and depth, and this love story is a special one There are so many books out there that similarities with other novels are expected, but I really felt this was a beautifully unique story, despite a few familiar plot twists.I read the plot synopsis of this book a few weeks ago, so I honestly didn t remember what it was about when I started reading it I loved where Graves took her story although I ll admit I wanted and I just love the way she writes There are moments in this book not even the highly dramatic ones, but the quieter, ah ha moments that just took my breath away.Run, don t walk, to get this one.See all of my reviews at itseithersadnessoreuphoria.blogspot.com.Check out my list of the best books I read in 2018 at You can follow me on Instagram at

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