Review: The Girl He Used To Know by Tracey Garvis Graves



Tracey Garvis Grave


New York Times bestselling author of On the Island, Tracey Garvis Graves, presents the compelling, hopelessly romantic novel of unconditional love.

Annika 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 was an enjoyable read. The story opens with two former college sweethearts who run into each after 10 years.

Jonathan and Annika first meet at a college chess club. It’s not love at first sight but there’s something about Annika that draws him to her. Jonathan notices she’s pretty and seems confident in the way she doesn’t seem to need other’s approval.

A happenstance meeting in a grocery store after 10 years sparks up their lost friendship. Their rekindling becomes a sweet journey as they learn to work around each other’s needs.

Annika has spent her life feeling out of place in social situations and to combat that she has learned to copy those around her on the appropriate responses to a situation. Her life on the spectrum has been about controlling what she can to make her fit in with the rest of the world. On the other hand, Jonathan, has been driven with his life’s path. His goals have driven his choices in life on a path that has lead him away from Annika.

The Girl He Used to Know is a standalone book about second chances. Ten years might have passed between Jonathan & Annika but their feelings didn’t wane. For lovers of second chance romance, this is the book for them.


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