The Girl He Used to Know by Tracey Graves follows the lives of college sweethearts, Annika and Jonathan. Annika is very shy, awkward and bookish. But when she meets Jonathan in chess club, something in her changes. They quickly bond and become inseparable.
But something happens between them that severs the relationship and sends them their separate ways. That is until ten years later when they run into each other at a grocery store(in the big city of Chicago nonetheless!). Call it fate, chance, or a coincidence. Whatever you call it, this unexpected reunion causes both Annika and Jonathan to question everything.
As so much time has passed between them, both Annika and Jonathan make plans to catch up. But, as they begin to spend more time together, old feelings begin to resurface. The Girl He Used to Know raises the old question, “Can two people have a second chance at love?”.
The Girl He Used to Know is a beautiful love story that demonstrates the importance of timing in love. Though we like to think that love conquers all, the truth is we sometimes just meet the right people at the wrong time. Though it’s a work of fiction, this book perfectly illustrates how important independence and personal growth is within a romantic relationship. The different time periods do an excellent job of showing the growth between the characters as well as the relationship.
The Girl He Used to Know is witty, emotional, and unputdownable. The characters are extremely likable which makes it a fun and easy read. The ending did feel a bit rushed and unsatisfying to me, but that may just be because I’m wanting more Annika & Jonathan! (Sequel, please?!) Overall, this is a feel good and incredibly unique book that I would LOVE to be seen made into a movie.
If you want to read a different kind of romance book, you should pick up The Girl He Used to Know.
The Girl He Used to Know doesn’t come out until April 2nd(preorder it here), but I ended up with an extra copy that I’m giving away to one of my readers!
Just head on over to my Instagram to be entered to win. The giveaway will run until March 15th and the winner will be selected and notified by the end of the day. (Due to postage costs, this giveaway is for U.S. residents only).
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