The Girl He Used to Know

The Girl He Used to Know

Large Print - 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. 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
Publisher: Waterville, Maine : Thorndike Press, a part of Gale, a Cengage Company, 2019.
Edition: Large print edition.
Copyright Date: ©2019
ISBN: 9781432861797
Branch Call Number: GARVIS GR T LP
Characteristics: 403 pages (large print) ; 23 cm.
large print,16 point


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Jun 20, 2020

Read in one sitting!! 😳 It's 3:44 am, and soooo worth it!

Apr 21, 2020

A thoughtful story about a strong, neurodiverse, woman and her first true love through the years. I think what really appeals to me within this story is Jonathan's total acceptance of Annika. He loves her for who she is. Their relationship is charming, lovely, and most of all believable. As the story unfolds and circumstances really test the characters (and the reader), one truly sees the power of the human spirit in Annika's fearlessness and her devotion toward Jonathan. A beautifully written love story. I could not put it down.

Aug 24, 2019

Firstly, what I did love about this book was the earlier timeline portraying Annika and Jonathan's relationship blossoming into a passionate love story. Those sexy, steamy scenes! And I just loved Janice - she was such a great friend!

What I did not love was how Annika forgot to take her pills. I've seen this in other books - main character doesn't want a baby, she forgets the pill, she subsequently becomes pregnant, she discovers that she may want this baby after all. The results of Annika forgetting her birth control led to her and Jonathan's relationship just shattering ...and I'm not exactly sure why. Nor did I understand why it kept them apart for TEN YEARS.

The climatic scenes at the end of the book during that fateful September seemed a bit cheesy. The ending seemed a bit abrupt, and I wanted to know more about what happened to these characters.

I loved how Annika was a librarian, and I loved her love for animals. I admired her sensitivity and intelligence, and I really could relate to some of the things she said and did. This book was a very easy and quick read - I devoured this all in one day.

VaughanPLDaniela Jul 31, 2019

Annika and Jonathan met in University and fell in love despite Annika's severe anxiety. As their relationship blossoms, Annika and Jonathan learn to compromise for each other, becoming a loving and supportive couple. Just when all seems well, tragedy strikes and the relationship unravels. Ten years later, a chance meeting brings the two together again, but will Annika have the strength to face her demons and be the partner Jonathan deserves? This charming and sensitive novel will keep you engrossed from start to finish.

Jul 24, 2019

I picked this book up randomly when I was at the library. I liked it, but it moved really quickly. I enjoyed the chapters about the past more than I enjoyed the current-day chapters. The ending was unexpected for sure (well once I saw the dates on the chapter and where the character was, I knew what was coming)

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.

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