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The Girl He Used to Know: A Novel (edición 2019)

por Tracey Garvis Graves (Autor)

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New York Times bestselling author ofOn the Island, Tracey Garvis Graves, presents the compelling, hopelessly romantic novel of unconditional love. Annika 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.… (más)
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Título:The Girl He Used to Know: A Novel
Autores:Tracey Garvis Graves (Autor)
Info:St. Martin's Press (2019), 304 pages
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I received a copy of this book from Smart Bitches, Trashy Books and the publisher. Many many thanks.

Going in to this story, I had no idea what to expect. I just saw oooh free book and ohh Tracey Garvis Graves and said yes please without reading the blurb. Told in alternating viewpoints between Annika and Jonathan, we go back and forth between the book’s present (2001) and the book’s past (1991/1992).

Annika is incredibly shy and awkward but also blunt and full of interesting facts. She only feels comfortable in three places: around books, in the chess club and at the animal clinic where she volunteers. She meets Jonathan one night during chess club and he turns her world upside down. Literally. Annika thrives on routine and plays chess with the same person each week. Joanthan swoops in and changes her life in so many ways.

Because the story unfolds in the past and the present, we get to see character development occur on two levels. One as awkward young adults trying to navigate the world of college and what comes directly after graduation and the other as adults in their early 30s trying to balance their careers with their personal lives.

When we get to the climax of the story, it completely threw me. Had I maybe been paying more attention to things like dates on the chapters, I may have figured it out sooner but either way, woah boy. It’s hard to talk about without giving spoilers but one thing I will say is Graves manages to bring the reader along for the emotional roller coaster and yet still leave them wanting more at the end.

There is so much more I could say about the story but I don’t want to ruin any of it for you. Go in like I did. Excited for a book by an author who never fails to write an amazing story and you’ll get the same in return. I’m so glad I took a chance on this one.

Four out of five stars. The Girl He Used to Know releases on April 2, 2019.

#tghutksmartbitches ( )
  Stacie-C | May 8, 2021 |
ARC provided by the publisher, via a contest on Smart Bitches, Trashy Books. I was not compensated in any way for this review, aside from receiving an advanced readers' edition copy. This is part of the #TGHUTKsmartbitches ARC campaign.

Originally 4 stars, now 3 (or 3.5, if you want to get to the nitty-gritty). I think Annika is the shining light, the heart of this romance, and her personal arc is the driving force of the story and the number one reason for reading the entire book. If you want to read about a protagonist on the autistic spectrum who loves animals, is ace at chess, and is on a journey to make herself a better person even when it is hard and the world fucking sucks, to say the least, then read Annika's book. She's beautiful and honest and loves unapologetically and I love her. I also appreciated that Annika had a small but fierce support team behind her at all times, especially her friend Janice. Everyone should have a friend like Janice.

I also found the writing style from Tracey Garvis Graves incredibly readable. She is very good at creating a constant narrative flow and I thought the pacing was spot on, even with the back and forth between the 90s and 2001. Although I did have to take minor breaks while reading, because it is also a very emotional read, and they come in waves, in big wallops that hit you in the heart and leave you gasping for breath. In a good way, I guess.

I didn't like Jonathan, Annika's love interest. The more I read his POV, the more I disliked his selfishness, his attitude about having a pretty woman on his arm and being seen by others making him feel better about himself. And, without spoilers, his involvement in the most traumatic moment of Annika's life makes him look like an asshole, and I don't think the text goes deep enough into making him repent for that behavior or even realize that it was bad behavior because just around the moment it would make sense for him to realize all of this, the Big Bad Plot Twist in the last 1/3rd or so of the book happens and any chance of that happening goes out the window.

Jonathan being in the South Tower during 9/11 and the entire "is he dead or not?" and inserting this story into a 9/11 narrative didn't really work for me, but I've also not read much fiction that deals with that particular day so maybe Graves did a better job than I think, but it still read as a contrived plot twist to shift their relationship in an unnatural direction and also give Annika character growth that could have also come out of something not born from our national trauma but . . . okay. It's definitely the direction the book goes in.

Also, and this ties into how I see the usage of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign as a setting, what kind of dude bro takes his very shy, very awkward girl to KAMS for a first date? Unless KAMS in 1991 is less of a trash fire collective of drunk undergrads and shitty memorabilia than in 2019, that was my first red flag that Jonathan is kind of awful and Annika deserves better. It's okay, Annika. I've been in KAMS a record of one (1) times and never again.

I was actually really excited about the UIUC setting - hello, my alma mater from last year, proud iSchool at Illinois grad here! - and that's why I entered the ARC contest on Smart Bitches, Trashy Books, but I wish there was more of than Chambana flavor. I appreciated the shout out to such things as the Union and some of the various halls, but I feel like a story between college students should carry more of the campus spirit. No hook-ups in front of the Alma building? No mention of Annika, who did her MLIS at UIUC, going into the Main Library or the various other libraries on campus? No late night food runs on Green Street, frat parties, rubbing Lincoln's nose for good luck? That just ain't the Illini spirit I know. They did mention Illini Inn, which was nice.

Overall, it was a good book that kept me hooked during a long day of flying from one airport to another, and I was thoroughly engaged, but it wasn't perfect, and I just hope the unspoken aftermath of this book is Jonathan learning to better himself as much as Annika did during the course of the story, because Annika deserves that at the very least.

PS: Did Annika and Janice and Jonathan ever go to the Sweetcorn Festival in 1991? I'm not even sure that was a thing back then, but I really want to know, especially since Annika and Janice had an apartment in Urbana. Also, did Annika ever visit the Vet-Med library? Or Japan House, which is literally across the street from the Vet-Med program? I'm sorry half of this review is about a small college town in the middle of corn field country, I'm just very attached to Chambana life. ( )
  sarahlh | Mar 6, 2021 |
Upon reading the first few pages of this novel, I saw the dates of the setting in the heading of the chapters, and thought, "oh no, September 11th." And sure enough, the events of that day play a pretty important part in the final chapters. It's a bit jolting to realize that this is now a "plot device" for historical fiction novels.

As a librarian, I had mixed feelings about the brief look we had into Annika's career; though I get that this isn't the focus of the novel, I would have loved to read more about her path through the MLIS degree, especially as she cites a love for books and a dislike for overstimulating environments as her motivation for choosing this career. Anyone who has worked in a public library knows that these environments are far from quiet! Librarians are a quirky bunch and I wanted to know more about her job search, her interviews, and the challenges she must have faced starting a new job.

This book came to me as an ARC! ( )
  resoundingjoy | Jan 1, 2021 |
I wasn't sure what to expect with this new novel by Graves but I read The Island a few years ago and loved it. I enjoyed that she was able to take a unique perspective and this book was completely engrossing from the start.

This story focused around the main character, Annika, who is on the Autism spectrum. Annika has previously struggled with relationships and friendships until she meets Jonathan in college in 1991.

I was very impressed by her ability to portray Annika's perspective through the eyes of someone on the spectrum, and how just exhausting and confusing social situations can be. The book takes place in two different time periods (1991 and 2001) and the reader is aware something happened between Annika and Jonathan that initially pushed them apart but it isn't clear at first what happened.

When they meet again, both have changed and learned about themselves and I loved seeing this progression over time. I love books about second chances and also loved seeing the transformation of not only this relationship but also the characters individually. This was not only a romance but also a book about self-love and acceptance and also hard work. This was a beautiful book and it will stick with me for a long time. Thank you to St Martin's Press and NetGalley for gifting me an ARC in exchange of an honest review. ( )
  genthebookworm | Dec 19, 2020 |
This was a guilty pleasure kind of book. The protagonist, Annika, was so likable. Author Graves did a remarkable job with the building attraction between Annika and her boyfriend, although Annika's autism and its manifestations seemed a little forced, as did her family relationships. Still, I liked this tale and how Graves told it. ( )
  Mona07452 | Oct 23, 2020 |
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New York Times bestselling author ofOn the Island, Tracey Garvis Graves, presents the compelling, hopelessly romantic novel of unconditional love. Annika 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.

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