Linda’s Book Obsession Reviews “The Girl He Used to Know” by Tracey Garvis Graves , St. Martin’s Press, April 2, 2019
Tracey Garvis Graves, Author of “The Girl He Used to Know” has written an emotional, heart-warming, intriguing, captivating and thought-provoking novel. The Genres for this Novel are Fiction, Women’s Fiction, and Romance. The time-lines for the story are 1991 and a decade later. The author describes her characters as complex, and complicated. Some characters are very kind and loyal.
Annika has always seemed quirky and different from other people that she has met. She is kind-hearted to animals, and a genius at playing chess. Annika has a social problem that makes her feel anxious, and insecure. Annika feels comfortable surrounded by books, and easily gets upset when her routine is different and at loud noises and smells. While playing chess , Annika meets Jonathan, and they form a relationship. Annika always regrets seeing the relationship end.
Ten years later, Annika and Jonathan bump into one another. Is it possible that the two can rekindle their passion and friendship? Can they overcome what has happened in the past.? Annika is now working as a Librarian, and has written a play for children. She also volunteer at a wildlife rescue society. Jonathan is in the corporate world.
Is it possible for anyone to change? When tragedy strikes, priorities for some people change. Is it too late for second chances?
I love that Tracy Garvis Graves discusses how people are different, bullying, unconditional friendship, self-acceptance, and self-worth. Also important are friendship, honesty, communication, love and hope. I loved the way that the author has written the story and vividly discusses the characters, their strengths and weaknesses. I would highly recommend this thought-provoking novel to readers who enjoy emotional and intense stories. I received this ARC for my honest review.