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Girl He Used to Know Hardcover – 2 April 2019
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- Publisher : St. Martin's Press (2 April 2019)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 304 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1250200350
- ISBN-13 : 978-1250200358
- Dimensions : 16.26 x 2.87 x 24.28 cm
- Best Sellers Rank: 281,930 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Careful to balance the emotional and intellectual power between Annika and Jonathan, Graves creates a believable love affair in which Annika is not infantilized but rather fully realized as simply different. And her differences become her strengths when catastrophe strikes, compelling Annika to take the lead for the first time in her life. A heartwarming, neurodiverse love story. - KirkusGraves's strong, autistic heroine fights for the love she once lost in this sensitive, affecting romance. - Shelf Awareness An accidental meeting rekindles the romance between former college lovers Annika and Jonathan. Endearing characters will reinforce your faith in people's goodness. - Good Housekeeping
There are a lot of romantic books coming out in April, but none quite like The Girl He Used to Know. - Cosmopolitan Unputdownable - Refinery29 The perfect modern rom-com read. - Hellogiggles A second-chance romance that will get you ready for days of dreamy summer reading (and dating)... - Bustle Tracey Garvis Graves is a must read author. Her voice is wise, tender and refreshing. - Taylor Jenkins Reid, author of Daisy Jones & The Six Tracey Garvis Graves has crafted an incredible story with a unique premise and characters you'll want to root for. The last thirty pages had me on the edge of my seat. This book is beautiful. - Colleen Hoover, #1 New York Times bestselling author of It Ends with Us and All Your Perfects I adore Tracey Garvis Graves' work. - Sarah Pekkanen, New York Times bestselling coauthor of The Wife Between Us Written with sensitivity and spot-on truth, this is the most riveting, rewarding, refreshing novel I've read in years. - Barbara Delinsky, New York Times bestselling author of Sweet Salt Air From page one, this enchanting story resonates with gentle humor and lush detail. I adored this book. - Tammara Webber, New York Times bestselling author of Easy and Breakable Smart and sensitive, with wholly original characters you can't help but root for, The Girl He Used to Know is unlike any book I've read. I loved every page." --Camille Pagán, bestselling author of Life and Other Near-Death Experiences "Tracey Garvis-Graves keeps the tension high throughout, and readers will be rooting for this pair's happy ending from the first page until the last." - Kate Hilton, bestselling author of The Hole in the Middle and Just Like Family Tracey Garvis Graves pens a compelling novel with beautifully rendered characters, an extraordinary tale filled with sensitivity and empathy that gives readers a peek into the world of autism through the eyes of a woman who proves to be as audacious as she is charming. Readers, don't you dare miss this love story. - Kellie Coates Gilbert, author of the Sun Valley Series Tracey delivers another romantic gem! This time an engaging exploration of second-chance love mixed with real-life drama. The last few chapters had my heart beating fast and furious." --Dina Silver, author of No Time To Blink and One Pink Line Tracey Garvis Graves has the magical gift of capturing enduring love in the face of adversity, and The Girl He Used to Know is no exception . . . well written, engaging and quietly romantic. - Renee Carlino, National bestselling author of Blind Kiss
"Tracey Garvis Graves is a master at writing layered characters you're thrilled to spend time with, and Annika and Jonathan are no exception. The Girl He Used to Know is a consume-in-one-sitting read, full of heart and depth, with a most satisfying ending. I loved it!" - Karma Brown, bestselling author of The Life Lucy Knew "Both charming and unique, The Girl He Used to Know follows Annika and Jonathan as they grapple with how the past defines their present. The climax of their sweeping love story will slam you hard in the chest, leaving you grasping for tissues as you race to find out if they'll find their happy ending." - Liz Fenton & Lisa Steinke, bestselling authors of The Good Widow "Tracey Garvis-Graves has written a beautiful novel that goes far beyond the classic boy meets girl. Annika is a unique character who will stay with you long after the last page and the ending will have you cheering and reaching for a box of tissues at the same time. A true love story for the ages. - Anita Hughes, author of California Summer "On the surface, this book might appear to be a girl-meets-boy, girl-loses-boy, girl-gets-boy-back-years-later type of story. But dig a little and you'll find so much more. The girl in question is not your usual heroine: she's somewhere on the autism spectrum. And the boy isn't typical either--he's not trying to take advantage of her, he's trying to heal too. Both a touching love story and an interesting insight into life on the spectrum, I raced through this in a day and felt all the feels when life intervened in a way that might have kept them apart forever. I recommend it." - Catherine McKenzie, bestselling author of Hidden and The Good Liar "This wonderful novel deals with life and love on the spectrum with captivating and heart-warming characters who will stay with you long after you've finished. Memorable, and remarkable, Tracey Garvis Graves has written another winner." - Kaira Rouda, bestselling author, Best Day Ever and What Comes Around
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Sadly I was very disappointed, the story was quite boring and characters one dimensional. I just could not warm up to them and did not find them likeable. The supporting characters were no better.
Several times I almost gave up and only found interest again in the final two chapters. On the plus it is wonderful that as with On the Island and tsunami the author incorporated factual disaster into the storyline. The story concluded quite abruptly and was anticlimactic. In view of Tracey's previous books and the enjoyment of reading them I expected more. I am disappointed that I could not give a better review this time.
Jonathan an Annika (sounds like Monica without the M) and their story was just wonderful. I fell hard for them as I was reading. Annika was some kind of extra special to me. I love all her quirks and her social akwardness..
Jonathon is all kinds of swoonworthy. I love how he sees Annika, not her quirks.
Word to the wise though - don't be reading this story in public. I was reading the last quarter of this book during my lunch break today, and I was a sobbing mess. Lucky for me I was in the office by myself today and nobody saw my breakdown!
Beautiful, poignant and touching. I didn't want The Girl He Used To Know to end.
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But in the second half of the book, and I’m not sure exactly what changed, other than perhaps more time for character development....but I finally started to buy in to Annika and Jonathan’s relationship. I saw the twist at the end coming only just before it did and the final few chapters were by far the most readable part of the book. Overall a decent read and one I felt worth reading...in the end.
Very pleased with ending ahh
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