New York Times bestselling author of On the Island, Tracey Garvis Graves, presents the compelling, hopelessly romantic novel of unconditional love.
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.
****4- Star Review****
This is my very first Tracey Garvis Graves book and I really loved it. The Girl He Used to Know is eye opening, empowering, heartbreaking and uplifting.
I love Annika. She is the true hero is this book. She is beyond brave and I just loved everything about her. Her will for life and living out of her comfort zone was beyond beautiful. Johnathon was great too. I love their connection. He saw the beauty in every way possible in Annika and it melted my heart. There was one scenario I thought he should have made more of an effort but after thinking on it, I understand why he did what he did.
The only negative thing I could say about this book was the ending. It felt a little abrupt. I would have liked to see where life had taken them further down the line.
I would love to say so much more about this book but I feel if I do, it will take away from your experience reading the book and spoil the story.
I know I am late with reading Tracey's books but if they are anything like this one, I can't wait to read them!