The Girl He Used to Know

The Girl He Used to Know

eBook - 2019
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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.
Publisher: New York :, St. Martin's Press,, 2019
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2019
ISBN: 9781250200365
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc

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Jul 18, 2019

4.75 Stars!

This was one of those books that was hard to put down the moment I started reading. In spite of the alternating past and present day chapters, the story flowed easily and quickly. It didn’t hurt that it centered around a swoon-worthy hero and an extremely compelling heroine. This author captured the subtle and not-so-subtle nuances of a character on the spectrum with complete ease and empathy. The story took a very dramatic turn during its last 50 pages, but never altered the ultimate effect that the story had on me. Overall, The Girl He Used to Know was engrossing fiction with impressive characterizations and affective writing.

JCLGreggW Jun 18, 2019

A charming romance between two characters who fell in love in college and reunite years later - Jonathan and Annika, who suffers from severe social anxiety. Graves gives us fully-realized characters who we root for, and despite a unneeded twist at the end, readers will come away with a smile.

Apr 28, 2019

Overall it was a nice story and an enjoyable read. It offers a different love story experience than your typical romance and the characters were lovable.

Apr 24, 2019

4 Stars - I recommend if you enjoy contemporary fiction with complex characters and a romantic focus.

Annika and Jonathan meet in college. Annika is introverted and reserved, Jonathan is a star swimmer and an ambitious future investment banker. The two bond during chess club and begin Annika's first real relationship. Something tears them apart, and they meet again ten years later. Now they must decide if they want to pursue a new relationship or if they are too hurt by the past.

I was worried that I wouldn't like this book, because I loved her other book On The Island ... which was so heavily focused on the survival aspect of the plot. However, as soon as I started this I really liked it. I definitely identify with Annika, a lot. I liked that the past and present and both of their perspectives switched throughout the book, but as always I wanted certain times and perspectives more. I really loved Annika and Jonathan, and I liked how much their characters grew over time. I do feel like it kind of ended abruptly, like the whole last part of the plot was a little squished together, but overall I liked it.

JCLHeatherM Apr 18, 2019

Beautiful from start to finish, this love story sets itself apart from others in the fact that the two main characters, Annika and Jonathan, are willing to be honest and real with each other, without the presence of games, one upmanship or pettiness that is common in other romance novels.

Mar 28, 2019

4+ stars for this second chance love story with timelines ten years apart. Annika and Jonathan met over a chess game in college and became a devoted couple until tragedy strikes and their plans to be together in New York fall apart. Annika is on the spectrum, but at a time when such things were not discussed or diagnosed as they are now. She is also a librarian. Yay! Fast forward ten years and they bump into each other in a grocery store in Chicago. Their romance is rekindled and we get a front row seat from both of their perspectives and on both timelines. By the end of the book you realize how effectively plotted the setting was. I was moved to tears at times by the friends and family around Annika who supported her and helped her to be independent.

OPL_ErinD Feb 04, 2019

This is a contemporary neurodiverse romance that shifts between a couple who meets and dates in college and 10 years later as they rekindle their relationship. I was completely drawn in by Annika and Jonathan's love story. It had a couple of devastating turns (one where I almost threw the book across the room), but in the end I couldn't put it down and it was well worth the emotional stress.


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