This time I don‘t really mind the book spine because this book is so good! I want Jonathan!
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I hate to be in the minority here but I didn‘t love this as much as I‘d hoped. I liked it, don‘t get me wrong but I expected to love it 😔
Full Review here: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/2690750201?book_show_action=false&from_rev...
There‘s an element introduced at the end that I don‘t quite get, but okay. Otherwise, this book is sweetness, and as the reader, I just wanted good for Annika. As a woman I couldn‘t help wishing I were always a Janice.
Books like this to remind us that in this world where empathy must be our goal ... Be Jonathan. Be Janice.
I could not put this book down. I highly recommend this book to anyone. I love how this book is written with love and sensitivity! Took me a week to read (I have 3 jobs), so it shows how good this was. For anyone that struggles with mental health issues, this is a must read.
I flew through this book. Knowing people on the spectrum, I felt Annika‘s character was very well depicted and I loved her the whole way through! A sweet love story. Personally, I felt that the last handful of chapters felt out of place from the rest of the story, but in no way did it spoil the overall feel of the book for me. Still a pick!
Run and grab this book today...And also grab some tissues!!! Beautiful story of a woman on the spectrum, friendships, love and second chances. As a mom of someone on the spectrum, I pray each day my kiddo finds meaningful friendships and an unconditional love. I absolutely loved their journey. #Book16of2019
My friend Sara let me borrow Tracey Garvis Graves's The Girl He Used to Know after posting a fabulous review of the book on her blog (check it out here: https://buff.ly/2WA61tf). I agree with *almost* all of her review: the relationship between Annika and Jonathan is compelling and believable, (continued in comments)
I finished reading this today. TGG did an exceptional job of writing a female character on the spectrum. I recognized myself in Annika many times. I even told my husband that reading this book was like having a mirror held up to me. TGG wrote Annika‘s character with kindness and compassion and with what seemed to me to be a deep understanding of both the challenges and the quirks of life on the spectrum. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!
Annika and Jonathan fell in love in college but their relationship did not last after graduation. When they run into each other ten years later being together is so comfortable and familiar but are they ready to make things work this time. The story goes back and forth in time between their initial courtship and their reunion. Annika is on the autism spectrum and is such a wonderful character. I will admit to tearing up while listening to this.
Spanning 10 years exploring the age old adage “What If?,” this was worth every word! I agree with another reviewer - don‘t walk, run, to grab this one!
Annika Rose is a high-functioning autistic who is just breaking into social society when she goes to a campus chess match and beats the pants off Jonathan Hoffman! Such a charmer, he loves it, he falls for her, boy meets girl, schwing!
And Annika‘s has it rough, cause let‘s be honest some people suck, but Jonathan loves her at a cellular level. Reading about a man protecting a female in distress will always warm the cockles of your heart.
Tracey Garvis Graves wasn‘t on my radar. Personal libraries are often filled with total cover buys coveting that I loved it feel! Mission Accomplished. Meet: The Girl He Used to Know - gorgeous cover, exceptional story!
This is knock-your-Red Sox off charming. The twists add character depth and story breadth. The protagonists themselves are extremely likeable and completely relatable off the page! They could be you! Heck, I wish they were me!
I really enjoyed this storyline and the main characters as their love story unfolds and changes. Alternating narrators did a great job. More (spoiler) in the comments. 👇🏾👇🏾👇🏾
Jonathan was instantly smitten with Annika.
Being with her could be challenging at times but Jonathan loved the things that made her different
he understood what many others didn‘t
and most importantly he always knew exactly what to do when she needed him the most.
I've been in such a reading slump up until last night. I got more into my current read. (The Brilliant Light of Amber Sunrise by Matthew Crow)
I decided I wanted to make a trip to the library for some books I've been wanting to read. ❤❤❤
A moving coming-of-age story about love lost and love found again. The author did an outstanding job of addressing social issues such as bullying. The characters and their development was what made this book! Would make a great book club pick. My full review is on my blog at www.thespineview.com ⭐⭐⭐⭐
I loved this book with all my heart. People don't understand Annika and her strange behaviors, except for her lost love Jonathan. She gets the opportunity to reunite with him while learning about who she truly is along the way. This book was wonderful. Thank you @StMartinsPress for the ARC!#TheGirlHeUsedToKnow #TraceyGarvisGraves
This book is so precious. I am usually NOT a fan of romance, however, this one has caught my attention. The book follows two characters - Annika and Jonathan - across time. The story is unique, however, because Annika has autism. I really appreciate the care the author has put into describing life through the lens of someone with autism. I hated The Kiss Quotient because of the stereotypic portrayal of ASD. This one is authentic and meaningful.
This book had made me a more thoughtful human. Seeing the world through Annika's eyes developed a greater understanding of people on the autism spectrum. I don't want to spoil the plot so I won't say much else but I highly recommend this love story about second chances and courage.
This is beautiful book about 2 college sweethearts reuniting 10 years after their breakup. Annika Rose is on the autistic spectrum and the author does a beautiful job detailing the beauty and hardship living in this world as an autistic person. I love Annika. She is one of my favorite book characters. The book should have ended with chapter 33. The story takes a sharp left turn after and goes from 5 stars to 1 star. So stop at the end of ch. 33.
“Life isn‘t easy for anyone. We all have challenges. We all face adversity. It‘s how we overcome it that makes us who we are.”
Simply beautiful. I loved everything about this book giving me all the feels and completely capturing my heart. ♥️
I highly recommend this adorable and refreshing little story that will grip you until it‘s very end. 5 ☆
I can't help but draw a parallel between this book and The Kiss Quotient, obviously because of the autism representation in both books. Might not be fair to compare the two, but I feel that The Girl He Used To Know had so much more to give than The Kiss Quotient. I loved this one, that's for sure.
(Also, is it weird that the song Somebody That I Used To Know is now stuck in my head?)
I devoured this book!! Annika is 32 and she is on the autism spectrum. 10 years ago, she lost the love of her life, but now he's back. Can they start fresh or are the wounds from the past too much to handle?
As a mother with a child on the spectrum, this book really spoke to me. Mostly about the kindness of others. My 9 year old had a "girlfriend" and she is very good with him when others say he's weird.
Y‘all! This book is fantastic. Stop by my blog and read my thoughts! https://reecaspieces.com/2019/04/02/the-girl-he-used-to-know-by-tracy-garvis-gra... @StMartinsPress
Thank you @stmartinspress for the gifted review copy of The Girl He Used to Know! This book comes out tomorrow and I found it to be excellent weekend reading - a sweet romance with some great food for thought.
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️Full review: http://www.bornandreadinchicago.com/2019/03/the-girl-he-used-to-know-by-tracey.h...
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This book is a super fast read. I probably would have read it in a day if I could have.
It follows the lives of Annika and Jonathan when they meet in college and then when they remeet 10 years later and alternates between that and Jonathan and Annikas POV. Annika is high functioning but Jonathan gets her.
Can they pick up from where they fell apart or is it too late?
I am loving my wild Friday night!!! Nothing better!
This was a good book, but also a hard one to read. I saw myself in Annika so many times, which was both endearing and uncomfortable. The romance was sweet and I believed the characters‘ growth and journey. There‘s a twist at the end that I didn‘t love, but it didn‘t change my rating. Overall, I was glad to have received this ARC and glad to have read it. #tghutksmartbitches
I received this novel as a free ARC from the publisher. This was an enjoyable and light read about a shy, awkward woman experiencing her first love and first taste of independence. The story switches back and forth between 1991 (her college years)and 2001 (as an independent & grown woman). The ending switches gears a bit in a way I wasn‘t expecting but I enjoyed it and felt it added to Annica‘s story.