#AvailableNow~~The Girl He Used to Know by Tracey Garvis-Graves
Christina’s 6 Blush Review
Tera’s 4 Blush Review
Although I’ve only read Covet by Tracey Garvis Graves, I feel like I can trust her writing enough to know going in blind, I’m not going to be disappointed. With the Girl He Used to Know, what I got was a wildly unique heroine and one of the best “book boyfriends” you could ask for.
Annika is different. She’s socially awkward, very smart, very beautiful, and is unapologetically honest. Jonathan is sweet, smart, handsome and patient to a fault. What bothered me the most about this story is how I felt about a character like Annika. I lacked Jonathan’s patience for sure, but honestly, that means her character was written to perfection. Despite my lack of patience (Seriously, what kind of person am I?), I really could not put this book down. I had to know why Annika and Jonathan didn’t end up together 10 years ago when it seemed so simple and pure.
Annika is the epitome of a strong heroine. Managing the obstacles of day-to-day life could cripple someone like her, but she persevered and acquired a life and a career of her own ON her own. She truly is a remarkable character especially seeing her finally fight for the love she deserves.
Tracy Garvis Graves had excellent characterization built in Annika and Jonathan. I can’t wait to devour more of her stories. The only thing I REALLY needed in this book was an epilogue. The ending was just a little too abrupt for me, but it really is a story that still deserves attention. If you’re in need a strong heroine and a unique love story, this is the story to dive into.
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.
About the Author:
Tracey Garvis Graves is a New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today bestselling author. Her debut novel, On the Island, spent 9 weeks on the New York Times bestseller list, has been translated into twenty-nine 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 You, Cherish, Heart-Shaped Hack, and White-Hot Hack, and The Girl He Used to Know. She is hard at work on her next book.
Tracey loves to interact with her readers and can be found on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/tgarvisgraves and Twitter https://twitter.com/tgarvisgraves You may also visit her website at www.traceygarvisgraves.com