The Girl He Used to Know

The Girl He Used to Know

by Tracey Garvis Graves

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ISBN-13: 9781250200365
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Publication date: 04/02/2019
Sold by: Macmillan
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 3,024
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Tracey Garvis Graves is the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today bestselling author of contemporary fiction. Her debut novel, On the Island, spent 9 weeks on the New York Times bestseller list, has been translated into thirty-one 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, White-Hot Hack, and The Girl He Used to Know. She is hard at work on her next book.

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The Girl He Used to Know 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 49 reviews.
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Anonymous 15 days ago
Another wonderful book. She is a great author and I loved the storyline. Her characters are so real and you can just imagine what is going through Annika’s mind and so heart broken when she thinks she has done something wrong. Love the book.
Bookoholiccafe 1 days ago
I started reading this book and thought OK, just another romance and love story! It was unique and very touching, The story travels between the time Annika and Jonathan was in college and 10 years later which is 2001. How they fell in love and had plans and their lives changed and their ways were separated. Which was nothing very much different with other usual love stories. The part that I enjoyed a lot was the current (2001) when I got to know more and more about Annika. This book has strong characters and the story gets more developed towards the end. Love can change one's life. Love, will make people forget about themselves and love, will make one strong. It was the Jonathan's love that made Annika strong to drive alone to find him. That strength gave her confidence and forced her to be independent.
Anonymous 2 days ago
Could not get into this book, trite and predictable
Anonymous 7 days ago
andi22 10 days ago
I honestly struggled to finish this book as I DID NOT CARE AT ALL. 1.5 but rounding up [!] because it wasn't the absolute worst thing I've read. The setting: 1991 [seniors in college] Annika and Jonathan fall madly in love [but break up]. Annika, a beautiful [constantly mentioned] English major at the University of Illinois. Socially awkward/anxious. Gifted chess player. Loves books. Becomes a librarian. Jonathan, also a good chess player. Pursues a career in finance. Moves to New York, then back to Chicago. Marries, then divorces. 2001 [life, 10 years later]. They meet up by chance. Hesitantly resume a relationship. What/who did I like? Annika's roommate, Janice--a caring person who became her friend. Chapters alternate between Annika [overwhelmingly] and some Jonathan. And the dual time lines, 1991 and 2001. And for the last [less than] quarter of the book, I actually groaned seeming to know the outcome. [I was right.] Bored. Flat. Simplistic. Sometimes even felt juvenile. Never engaged. I found myself groaning and saying [to myself] yuck or oy many times! No real spoiler alert but if you can't figure out at the beginning [though not revealed almost until the end] that she's on the autism spectrum, well... The only good thing I can say is it was a fast, easy read. But, considering all the good reviews--maybe you want to try it--but the recommendation didn't come from me! However, I am clearly in the minority for the love felt for this book.
Anonymous 11 days ago
An in depth look at a high-functioning autistic adult woman. The story is told, mostly, from her point of view. I was anxious to buy this for my 3 teen-aged granddaughters until I came to the explicit sex scenes. They were definitely not needed in such detail and have ruined this book for gift giving.
CynB 12 days ago
The Girl He Used to Know by Travis Garvis Graves is an unusual romantic novel with completely engaging characters. Jonathan is attractive, loving, and exactly the guy you want to meet in college…or want your daughter to meet. Annika is beautiful, smart, quirky and somewhere on the autism spectrum. She is that person who always seems a bit off-script and out of step. Jonathan and Annika find each other, lose each other, and reunite again. The plot twists surprised me more than once. Basically, however, this is a love story about two delightful people. Like all of the best love stories, it is also about friendship and loyalty. Graves jumps back and forth between the couple’s college days and their adult meeting and also tells part of the story from each of the couple’s point of view. It sounds jumpy, but the author is talented enough to make it work seamlessly. There is an authenticity about the story and dialogue that is refreshing. While this seems like a light read, I suspect that these characters will stay with you for a long time. Thanks to NetGalley and St. Martin’s Press for an opportunity to read the electronic ARC in exchange for an honest review. It was my pleasure.
Honolulubelle 12 days ago
Favorite Quotes: “Marched to the beat of a different drum, did she?” “She marched to the beat of an entirely different band. One you’ve never heard of and under no circumstances ever expected to like.” Whenever I think of Annika, my mind returns to the way we left things and the same unanswered question. It’s like a pebble in my shoe, uncomfortable but not unbearable. But it’s always there. He had the whitest teeth I’d ever seen, which made me think his kisses would taste like Pep O Mint Life Savers. Joe’s kisses probably tasted like pot and Funyuns. And failure. All my life, I’d been waiting for someone I could be myself with. It had never occurred to me that I could be that person for someone else. It’s a quote from Eleanor Roosevelt… My best friend bought me a book of them. ‘Do one thing every day that scares you’ is what got me through my twenties. My Review: This is my favorite book so far this year, it was highly emotive, keenly insightful, and hit all the feels. The storylines were ingeniously crafted and flawlessly populated with an intriguing and captivating cast of characters. Ms. Graves' writing was emotive and perfectly pitched; she bruised my cold heart, held me transfixed to my Kindle, and stung my eyes more than once. The story was cleverly woven between two timelines and told from the equally mesmerizing POVs of the two compelling and intriguing main characters. This was my inaugural outing with the stunningly talented Tracey Garvis Graves and I am at a total loss as to why I have never availed myself of this clever scribe’s works before as it was nothing short of brilliant. I covet all her lovely words and am greedy to amass her entire listing.
Caroles_Random_Life 14 days ago
This book was just wonderful! I went into this book rather blindly, having never read any of the author's prior work or knowing what this story was about. I was pleasantly surprised as soon as I started reading. This book grabbed my attention right away and never let go. I was captivated by Annika and Jonathan and wanted more than anything to see good things happen for them. I had an absolutely fabulous time with this book. Annika has trouble in many social situations. She has a hard time knowing what she should say and do in situations and puts little thought into her appearance. Crowds and a lot of noise bother her so she tries to avoid certain situations. She has a really hard time making friends and has led a rather solitary life. She does enjoy books and is really good at chess. Jonathan meets Annika though chess at college. He does see that Annika is a bit different in some ways but those differences don't bother him. He sees the goodness and caring in her and somehow seems to know how to be what she needs. I loved Jonathan and I also loved seeing Annika when she was with him. They just seemed to fit together perfectly. This book is told from both Jonathan and Annika's point of view during their college years and 10 years later when they meet up again. I liked the way that the story was laid out because it allowed the reader to slowly learn what went wrong as they were reconnecting. I also thought that using two points of view to tell the story was very powerful. It was really important to see how both Jonathan and Annika saw the events in their lives. Just when I thought I knew exactly where this book was going. Boom. I was wrong. I love it when a book surprises me and this one did just that in a spectacular fashion. As I neared the end of this book, I found myself holding my breath in anticipation of what would happen next. I think that the direction the story ended up going really did a great job in illustrating Annika's growth throughout the book. I would highly recommend this book to others. This was a story that surprised me, opened my eyes, and touched my heart. I hope to read more of this author's work very soon. I received a review copy of this book from St. Martin's Press.
kstokes 14 days ago
Wow, I finished this book last night and have just felt drained since, I did not see that coming! It was very interesting to get a glimpse at a character who isn’t “normal”. Annika for sure had her quirks but was able to navigate life with help from some good friends. Along the way she fell in love, expirenced heart break, learned to live on her own and then did it all again. This is a great book but I was disappointed by its abrupt ending, I would have loved an epilogue or something more. #TheGirlHeUsedToKnow
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Rantings 17 days ago
This. Book. Ruined. Me. There is really no other way to put it. The Girl He Used To Know hit me in all my sensitive spots. Annika felt very familiar to me, Jonathan was lovely, and this whole book was a widely emotional ride. One final thing before we get to the review, make sure you read the date at the beginning of each chapter. If you do, you won't be as shocked as I was by the event that occurs in the final fourth of the book. (aka I need to pay attention more) Let's get to the review! The book is formatted so that each chapter is the point of view of either Annika or Jonathan. I really like when books do this because it helps break up the book and allows the reader to explore and connect with more than one character. The book also switches between periods of time. There are some chapters that show Annika and Jonathan's relationship in 1991 when they first meet in college and some in 2001 when they meet up again. The book starts off with Annika. It's clear early on that Annika isn't like the people around her. Her social skills aren't the best, she doesn't like loud noises, and finds a lot of people's behavior very confusing. (same) When we first meet Annika, she is a librarian, the job she has always wanted (ditto), and is doing the best she can to live her life in Chicago. She's seeing a therapist to help her understand other people and understand herself. One day, while she's shopping for groceries, she runs into her college boyfriend, Jonathan. The meeting throws her off-kilter. Their relationship did not end well and while Annika is so happy to see him, she worries what he might think of her. But Jonathan's life isn't perfect either. He may have a fancy job in finance, but he's also getting over a divorce. While he is reluctant to meet with Annika after their first meeting, he doesn't say no to another meeting (or another one after that.) Eventually, they come back together, happier than they ever might have been if they never broke up. But can their relationship last a travesty that no one was expecting? Between the chapters showing Annika and Jonathan reconnecting, we get to see what Annika was like in college and how she ends up meeting Jonathan. They meet at chess club, the one extracurricular Annika participates in. Annika has trusted the wrong people in the past, so when she first starts to have feelings for Jonathan, she makes him meet her roommate, Janice. Janice gets Annika. She knows how she is, what she likes, and what she doesn't, and she's saved her from more than one bad situation before. Once Janice approves of Jonathan, Annika feels even better about being with him and they begin what turns into a serious relationship. But a tragedy, Annika's issues, and Jonathan's avoidance of certain parts of who she is (how did he think Annika was going to live in NYC? HOW?!) ends up breaking their relationship apart. Luckily, their connection is reignited when they meet ten years later. Time for trigger warnings. If you're old enough, you know what huge event happened in 2001. If this event is triggering for you, just be aware that it's pretty well described and the periods of waiting when we don't know if a certain character is ok, are VERY intense. I am giving The Girl He Used To Know 5 out of 5 stars. Add this to your TBR but make sure you have some tissues with you when you read it. Thank you to NetGalley and St. Martins Press for the free ARC in exchange for my honest review.
Anonymous 21 days ago
Absolutely lovely.
Cat_Reader 21 days ago
" All my life, I'd been waiting for someone I could be mylself with. It had never occured to me that I could be that person for someone else." Annika has always felt a fish out of water, avoiding social interactions as much as she can but when she begins to study at university her life changes in different ways that will challenge her to discover and face totally new situations. Starting with her roommate who understands her like no one, past her fellows at the chess club and culminating with Jonathan. Jonathan is fascinated by the different girl and does everything to get close to her and gain her confidence, even though each encounter is a greater challenge than he imagined. She understands him as no one else has and the love between them blooms in a beautiful and gentle way. Their romance is the kind that makes us sigh with every touch, every gesture, every shared moment and every pain that comes. It was beautiful to follow the interactions between them and between them and people around them and it was exciting to follow this journey of love and achievements. Narrated in the first person alternately between the protagonists, between past and present, gradually the motives for their behavior is unfolding in a linear and constant rhythm. It amazed me how the writer chose to show the connection and the strength between them more towards the end of the book and how to show the extraordinary strength of Annika and were details like this made me perfectly understand the choice of the cover and the title, a work to deal with open and tight heart with a good box of tissues on the side. 5/5 stars
LouiseFoerster 21 days ago
Don't start reading this novel unless you have time to dive into a fascinating, heart-grabbing huge love story. Annika is a differently-wired individual who sees the world differently and struggles to relate to others. However, she has powerful, profound relationships with her family and her best friend Janice -- and the small circle expands when she and Jonathan meet. Their passionate love ends badly. When they meet ten years later in a grocery store, they are wary and also intrigued by one another. I don't want to say more except to urge you to read an engaging, seamless flow of a logically flowing, true-feeling, and magically told story.
ChristineLee 21 days ago
The Girl He Used To Know by Tracey Garvis Graves is an incredible roller coaster ride of emotions throughout, but specifically at the end. I don’t do spoilers, so that’s all I’ll say about that. Annika is a young woman who has always been a little different from the people around her. Jonathan is a young man working hard for his future. This is a story of finding love and losing love, accomplishments and tragedies, but most importantly, it’s about second chances. This is my first book of Tracey Garvis Graves’ and as an introduction, again it’s incredible. From the first page, you are brought into the story and lives of characters that are so real they leap off the page for you. You feel every up and every down; you celebrate and grieve. Bottom line: if you haven’t grabbed this yet, do it now! And don’t forget the Kleenex. Solid and well-deserved full 5 stars.
Anonymous 22 days ago
What a sweet story of love, loss, and learning to accept yourself. I loved following Jonathan and Annikas story. It had me rooting for them from page one! I felt the ending seemed a bit rushed but overall I loved this book! I received an advanced copy in exchange of an honest review.
GoABraves 22 days ago
The Girl He Used To Know - Tracy Garvis Graves Annika Rose is an English major who dreams of working in a library. Jonathan Hoffman is also a student at the University of Illinois who meets Annika at Chess club and the first game he plays against her - he loses not only the game but his heart to her. Annika has quirks but Jonathan sees past that and they seem to be a perfect couple, until tragedy separates them. Years later, Annika is living her dream when Jonathan appears in her life. The Girl He Used To Know is a wonderful read. As a fan of On The Island and Tracy Garvis Graves - I highly recommend The Girl He Use To Know. Thank YOU - Natasha is a Book Junkie and St. Martin's Press for the advanced read copy.
TUDORQUEEN 22 days ago
This was a totally engaging book about a college student named Annika who struggled lifelong with social cues. She was naturally very beautiful and smelled good without ever having to wear perfume. While being born with these physically attractive gifts, life could still become dangerous to someone so vulnerable and easily taken advantage of. Annika had been home-schooled since the seventh grade following a horrible bullying incident. She didn't know anything else but to say honestly what she thought. Some people might find this refreshing, but others might find it laughable and a reason to mock her. She survived just enough by carefully watching the way other people acted in social situations, and then mimicked them. Now she was at college in her home state of Illinois, and she had a wonderful and caring roommate named Janice. Janice patiently explained things to Annika to help her navigate life. One evening when Annika was frustrated and actually planned to have her parents pick her up the next morning to abandon college, Janice encouraged her to go to the Student Union building for some lemonade. Knowing that Annika was a masterful chess player, Janice casually steered her towards the chess team who were having their usual Sunday gathering. It was here, during 1991,that Annika met Jonathan...the love of her life. The book begins ten years later in August 2001. We learn that something had happened to break these two lovers up, and Jonathan had been living in New York until recently. They had both been shopping in a supermarket named Mariano's, a favorite of theirs. They are shocked at seeing each other after all these years, both experiencing a multitude of emotions. He's been living in Illinois for several months to tend to his ailing mother before she died. They marvel at how they never ran into each other until today. It's obvious that something tore these two apart ten years ago, but there's still "something" there. There's also a hesitancy on Jonathan's part, but on impulse Annika asks for Jonathan's phone number as he's about to walk away. Annika's been growing as a person since they separated a decade ago. She now visits a therapist named Tina, and one of the main topics Annika works on is the impact of her failed relationship with Jonathan. She also discusses her challenges with daily living, as someone who feels as though she's living life without a map while others don't need one. So, the two main issues driving this story are Annika's mental roadblocks and the mystery of why this relationship unraveled when they clearly never stopped loving each other. The book is narrated randomly in chapters by Jonathan or Annika, and you know this without seeing the name because of how exquisitely this author captures their personas in dialogue. Annika will snare your heartstrings with her simple and honest narration, which I'm sure many will identify with, some who suffer with her affliction and even some that don't. Just to name some of her "quirks", she has no shame of nakedness, cannot withstand loud/throbbing music (such as in a bar), and would much prefer reading a book in bed than going to a party. The story of Annika and Jonathan deliciously unfolds to an incredibly emotional and unexpected crescendo. This was a very satisfying and moving read that swept me away. My heart is full! Thank you to St. Martin's Press for providing an advance reader copy via NetGalley.
Felicia71 22 days ago
OMG - I absolutely loved this book. The story of Annika and Jonathan is so much more than a romance - though it is romantic. Its a story of second chances and how to except someone who may be different but deserves a chance at love and romance. That to me is what sets The Girl He Used to Know apart from all the rest. Annika and Jonathan's story starts in college where Jonathan was feeling lost and alone. So when Jonathan meets the beautiful Annika he starts to come out of his funk. Annika is alone though that's not what she wants because of who she is that's how she ends up. When life happens that sets Annika and Jonathan apart. Flash forward 8 years when the unexpected happens in that Annika runs into Jonathan in the last place either expect - they both realize that what they felt in college never really went away. Told back and forth in time we get to see the progression of their romance and what ripped them apart and if they can end up together. I must have cried through half the book and the last 30 pages just about killed me and I reread the ending multiple times afraid I was going to miss something and wanting so much more. Ms Graves takes her readers on the ultimate journey of love, sacrifice and acceptance - something I appreciated from beginning to end.
Rachel Bennett 22 days ago
This was a really entertaining love story - I say entertaining not meaning it was always fun. I almost cried multiple times and read the last 25% with my heart in my throat. No spoilers, but it gets very real, very fast. Graves describes her books as "contemporary fiction with a happily-ever-after" which I think is a very accurate description of this novel. I wouldn't necessarily call it a romance, as there were a lot of other things happening besides their relationship, but the love story is definitely central to the plot. I think the biggest strength of this book were the two main characters, Jonathan and Annika. They were both well developed and unique characters. Annika is a librarian and book lover (which always hooks me!) but also someone who struggles deeply in social situations, and displays many markers of on the spectrum behavior. I don't know Graves' own experience with autism, so I can't say this was an #ownvoices character, but from what I understand from the acknowledgements, she consulted with an autism expert, so I trust her characterization of Annika is not a travesty. Annika is a delightful and lovable character and I enjoyed every second that we got to spend both in her head, and in the head of Jonathan, seeing him love her. Jonathan was also a strong character - he was quite simply a nice man who cares deeply for Annika and strives to treat her well. I appreciate that he didn't fall into the normal tropes of "alpha-male" or even "beta male" but was just a man who sought to be respectful of others, acknowledge his own faults, and openly discuss emotion. My main complaint about this book is what I previously mentioned about how the ending plot twist of the book arrives very quickly. I also felt like it resolved very quickly, and felt a little robbed of the super satisfying ending I was waiting for. The left turn the story takes certainly creates some tension in what was otherwise a slow building of a relationship, but it quite frankly felt a little unnecessary to me. It certainly heightened the drama, and readers who love big splashy plot twists will really enjoy this. I don't want to give comps for fear it might spoil the twist (although if you're anything like me, you'll see it coming, hence my stomach being tied in knots for the last half!) I also recommend this book to the many lovers of Love & Other Words out there (another heart tugging second-chance romance), and of The Kiss Quotient (another strong heroine on the spectrum).
MeganLeprich 22 days ago
Thank you so much to St. Martins Press and NetGalley for providing me with a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. This was my first novel by Tracey Garvis Graves and I've heard many rave about her past works so I was very excited to receive this book. But I felt myself really struggling with this book. I thought Annika was sweet, compassionate, and an amazing girl and I really liked Jonathan as well for how well he treated her and how amazing he was towards her and her special needs. Even though I loved the characters I'm still conflicted about how I felt when I finished reading. Annika and Jonathan fell in love in college in 1991 after meeting at a chess club that they were both players in. Fast forward 10 years later and they meet again not knowing that they've both lived in the same city for the past 5 years. As they start to try and re-kindle the love they used to have Annika finally finds out why she's different from everyone else and why they broke up all those years ago. The beginning of this book was a bit slow for me and I had a hard time getting into it. I did like that the book is told from the past and present, 1991 and current day 2001. I also liked that the story is told from both Annika and Jonathan's perspectives but I still struggled with this one. The ending is what I feel really did it for me. There was barely any lead up in the book and then you get thrown a twist at the end and then the book just ends. Like, that's really all you're going to say about it? I would have liked the author to talk more about it instead of just ending the book.
SecondRunReviews 22 days ago
The Girl I Used to Know is an honest examination of love. It shows the depths at which two people come together and make changes, adaptations and sacrifices to be together. Ratcheting up the tension in the final chapters of the book, leads to a breathtaking, page-turning conclusion that will leave readers believing that love does survive the toughest struggles and as a result, becomes something more.