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The Girl He Used to Know Review

The Girl He Used to Know Review

Title:  The Girl He Used To Know
Author: Tracey Garvis Graves
Pages: 304
Publication Date: April 2, 2019
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press
Rating: ★★★★★

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. 


This book nearly destroyed me! 

Does world shattering even being to describe this book? No, no it doesn’t! This book destroyed me and then put me back together again. WARNING: do not read the end in public!!!!!   The last 100 pages or so should be read in the comfort of your home with Kleenex and maybe a cookie next to you. 

The story is just breathtaking! The story jumps back and forth from 1991 and 2001, while alternating from Annika’s and Jonathan’s POVs. This is a second chance romance that will just blow you away. From the very first page you are just sucked in to this immensely astonishing novel. 

This story is so incredible that you just need to read it. It is, ugh, amazing! The ending seemed a bit rushed and I wish it would have been a little more flushed out. Maybe an epilogue or something. Especially because that ending was so heart stopping!!!!! But in all- this book is unforgettable and has been added to my favorites shelf!!!!!! I could literally just go on and on about this book but just promise to add it your list and read it for yourself- you won’t regret it! Excuse me while I go recommend this book to EVERYONE I know! 

Fans of The Kiss Quotient: This is the book for you! 

-Happy Reading!

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