The girl he used to know A Novel.

by Graves, Tracey Garvis.

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Summary

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.

Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Beautiful Annika Rose has always had trouble understanding people and being understood. She has built her life around routine, including a job at the Chicago Public Library. Things are thrown off-balance when she runs into Jonathan Hoffman at a grocery store. Though their breakup was 10 years prior, just as he graduated from college, she still feels guilty for not explaining why she left him. Jonathan, reeling from a divorce, should be hesitant to take up with Annika again, but he cannot resist her draw. Graves (Covet, 2013) uses short chapters to keep the pages turning as the narrative alternates between college-age Annika and Jonathan falling in love in the early 1990s to the two of them seeing how they fit into each other's life in 2001. The pace slows as the cause of their breakup and the physical and emotional toll the events took on Annika are explored, then quickens again for the 9/11-set climax. Graves' specialty is making complicated lives compelling; give this to readers who like earlier Kristin Hannah or Barbara Delinsky's sensitively, romantically drawn characters.--Susan Maguire Copyright 2019 Booklist"
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "The solid latest from Graves (after White-Hot Hack) follows the romance between a high-functioning autistic woman and her college flame. In August 2001, Annika Rose and Jonathan Hoffman run into one another at a Chicago grocery store 10 years after they ended their relationship. Jonathan went to New York to pursue his dream of working in finance and was heartbroken when Annika decided not to follow him. Now back in Chicago, Jonathan's wary of their mutual spark and has yet to deal with their unresolved past. Largely homeschooled before college, Annika is lonely and finds solace in caring for animals, reading books, and playing chess. With the help of Jonathan and her friend Janice Albright, she navigates the overwhelming stimuli that has always aggravated her anxiety. As their relationship evolves, Annika wants to prove that she's changed for the better and won't give in to the urge to hide when things go wrong. The narrative builds to a life-or-death situation that puts Annika to the test. Graves does a good job of putting readers in Annika's shoes and setting up the foundation for the book's ending, though the narrative often gets mired in lengthy lovey-dovey scenes. Readers who don't mind the over-the-top emotional element will find a solid story here. (Apr.) This review has been updated to remove a spoiler. © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
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Subjects Electronic books.
Love stories.
Publisher [Place of publication not identified] :St. Martin's Press2019.
Edition First edition.
Contributors OverDrive, Inc.
Language English
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ISBN 9781250200365
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