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The Girl He Used to Know
The Girl He Used to Know | Tracey Garvis Graves
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.
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hwestfall
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I normally do not like romantic books. They seem cheesy and unrealistic to me. I picked this book up on a whim though because I loved the cover. I was pleasantly surprised! I really enjoyed the story and finished it in a day.

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Nevertoobusyforbooks
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I devoured this book on a flight to San Diego. 4/5 ⭐️. Would have given it a perfect rating but the ending felt a little disjointed to me. I found myself really relating to Annika, especially the desire to hide under the covers with a book when faced with social situations 😬.

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monalyisha
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I read this book in one sitting (90% of which was in the tub 😅). It‘s not that it was just THAT fabulous or compulsively-readable...I think I was just starved for adult fiction (I‘ve been limited to textbook-reading for months). It‘s your typical romance with a couple of unique bits; Annika is on the autism spectrum (which isn‘t clear from the blurb) & suddenly, towards the end of the book, the dates become hugely-significant. 👇🏻

monalyisha 1/2: The story alternates between 1991 & 2001. Without any fanfare or warning, September arrives. Nothing in the blurb or in the promotional material prepared me for this, but I wonder if that omission was intentional. No one was prepared for that day. 4d
monalyisha 2/2: What kept this story from being great was the character development. While Jonathan & Annika are both lovable characters, Jonathan is *too* perfect — which didn‘t keep me from swooning but it did keep him from feeling fully real. The author also makes a big deal out of Annika‘s looks, to the point where it almost felt like comical descriptions of when male authors write women. But it was a fast read, with a dash of depth. Just what I needed. 4d
Librariana Excellent review! 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼 I'm tempted to agree that the omission was more than likely intentional so that as you said, the reader wouldn't necessarily be prepared and would perhaps experience the event the way Annika did. 4d
monalyisha @Librariana Decided to add a spoiler to my review. It isn‘t blatantly spoiler-y; I don‘t give any details away but...just saying that it happens at all could be interpreted as such. I wonder if any readers were upset about the omission, & if it‘s a trigger for them. In that case, though, I‘m sure the 2001 dates would have stood out to them as significant far sooner, & they could choose to put it down. 4d
Librariana I marked both my comments as a spoiler to be abundantly safe 😊 Probably not necessary, but still. And I agree that for many folks, it might certainly be a trigger. Although that isn't the case for me, I do find it difficult to go about my QC-style checks when adding materials about this event to the library catalog 😔 4d
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monalyisha
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“I‘ll think about it.”
Eric nodded. “Good. I bet you‘d like it.”
I would totally hate it and I purged the thought from my mind immediately.

😆🙌🏻

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SanjanaGhosh
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This light hearted, not overtly cheesy, no nonsense love story made my flight so much more brighter!!

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Parts felt clumsy and clunky and it was hard for me to connect to either of the main characters. And I get it. She's awkward yet beautiful. With all the character building in the first half of the book. I feel it gets thrown out in the second half, in favor of introducing a dramatic event that steals our attention. I know others love the twist. I didn't enjoy it. It felt like a different story at some points.

monalyisha Great review! I‘m with you on all of it! 4d
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Mamashep
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I really didn‘t like the last book I read by this author but this one‘s gotten such great buzz that I picked it up when I found it available at the library. It‘s infinitely better than that other book but I‘m not loving it. Too many things just don‘t work for me. Still I wouldn‘t give it just a so-so rating - there‘s plenty here I do like, including having a main character who‘s on the spectrum.

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elvinareads
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This time I don‘t really mind the book spine because this book is so good! I want Jonathan!

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Quirkybookworm
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I went into this book thinking it was a romance with a character on the spectrum. But at some point it turned into something else, bigger. More of a historical fiction of the early 2000s? I ended up liking it a lot.

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Book_ish
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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...

Mamashep Just getting around to it and I am not loving it. 1mo
Book_ish Yes, it seems like one of those books that you love or you are indifferent to 😕 1mo
monalyisha I just liked it, too. 🤷‍♀️ The writing‘s not particularly lush or dynamic. 4d
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Buechersuechtling Beautiful cover‼️😃 3mo
cjk @Buechersuechtling Part of the reason I picked this one up. 😄 3mo
Buechersuechtling @cjk Which I completely understand. 🙂 2mo
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marleed
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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.

marleed On another note, does anyone else completely confuse this title with the unrelated, Before She Knew Him!? 5mo
SarahHarts_books I loved loved this book. Way more than I thought I would. I read it in two sittings. Not ideally the typical genre I go for. But for some reason I just really enjoyed this one. 💖 5mo
marleed @SarahHarts_books I keep thinking about this and why I was so drawn to it. I think maybe because the focus was on the positive people in Annika‘s life rather than she against the world. 5mo
monalyisha Great review & great takeaway! “Be Jonathan. Be Janice.” WWJD. 😉 4d
marleed @monalyisha I loved the approach to this book. So often (and a necessity) we read of someone with quirks moving through life as a victim of bullying. This book was about someone who deserved to be loved and the people who loved her. I really liked that. 4d
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YeishaLee
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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.

marleed I‘m reading now‘ 5mo
YeishaLee @marleed oh you are going to love it! 5mo
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Bookish_B
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Ok, fine. I loved this one too. I mean, don‘t we all want a Jonathan? The end almost felt like a completely different book for me so that sort of took me out of it a bit but that aside I really, really enjoyed this one!

DimeryRene Cute photo!! 5mo
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Sharabies
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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!

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AlisonM
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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

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MicheleinPhilly
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WHOOPS! My thumb slipped. Repeatedly.

#KindleDailyDeal #KindleDeals

TrishB But look at them ❤️ 5mo
Cailey_Mac Hahaha me too😅😅 5mo
Hooked_on_books I hate it when that happens! (No, I love it when that happens. 😈) 5mo
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SarahHarts_books
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Going to try and see if I can squeeze in one last book this month! 😃

brit91 Sounds like a good read!!😎😎😎 5mo
SarahHarts_books @brit91 I'm enjoying it so far. 😊💖 5mo
BooknerdsLife What a beautiful photo! 💖 5mo
SarahHarts_books @BooknerdsLife Aww! Thank you! 😍 5mo
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Readswithcoffee
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A sweet story about getting a second chance at love. The characters are quite endearing.

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UnabridgedPod
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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)

UnabridgedPod and Graves's decision to alternate both perspectives and timelines worked beautifully to help us understand each character and the complex evolution of their relationship. I do, however, have some mixed feelings about the twist that my friend references. No spoilers here, but if you want to talk about the twist, DM me! I'd love to know what you think. 6mo
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slategreyskies
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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!
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️!!!

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Jas16
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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.

kspenmoll Nice review! 6mo
RaimeyGallant The protag is also on the autism spectrum, and I loved it. 6mo
Jas16 @RaimeyGallant I loved that book too. I liked Hoang‘s second book as well 6mo
RaimeyGallant On my tbr! 6mo
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Stephaniereads1
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Next up.

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MellieAntoinette
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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!

baes I loved this book. One of my favorites this past year for sure. 6mo
Amor4Libros I loved this one! 6mo
MellieAntoinette @baes I loved both characters equally in this one! Such a good story! 6mo
MellieAntoinette @Amor4Libros ♥️♥️♥️ 6mo
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MellieAntoinette
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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.

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MellieAntoinette
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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!

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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️🎧2019-05-21

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. 👇🏾👇🏾👇🏾

Chelleo I don‘t have an intimate understanding or in depth experience with anyone on the Autism Spectrum so I can‘t really speak to how accurate the character was written. 7mo
slategreyskies @Chelleo I‘m on the spectrum & in a similar place as Annika is. Her character is spot-on. I recognized myself in her many times. I told my husband that reading this book was like having a mirror held up to me. TGG really did do an exceptional job with Annika‘s character. I was really impressed! :) 6mo
Chelleo @slategreyskies thanks for sharing! I read a couple of reviews (can‘t remember where) and a few people complained about how Annika was depicted which prompted my comment. Glad to hear it was well done. 😊 6mo
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tammysue
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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.

#girlslikeyou #AMonthOfSongs

TheSpineView There needs to be more Jonathan's in the world! Loved this book! 💝 7mo
OriginalCyn620 👌🏻📚🎶 7mo
tammysue @TheSpineView Yessss! 🥰 7mo
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blondie
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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. ❤❤❤

#LibraryHaul #Bookhaul

Lovesbooks87 There is a lot of amazing books in that stack! Enjoy! 7mo
TheLibrarian Great stack! 7mo
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TheSpineView
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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 ⭐⭐⭐⭐

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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

marleed And that cover! 6mo
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TheNerdyProfessor
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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.

baes I loved this book! So much. ❤️ Although, I personally hate to compare. The Kiss Quotient was written by a woman with autism. There‘s such a wide spectrum, that I would think in writing you‘d see that too. 7mo
TheSpineView I just started this and I am loving it so far! 7mo
TheNerdyProfessor @baes I just read an interview with Helen Hoang from NPR and it turns out she does not have autism herself but started researching it for this book. Her interview said her child's teacher thought the child may have autism which piqued her interest in the topic. It isn't so much the premise I didn't like with TKQ, it was that the narrator went from displaying ASD symptoms to suddenly sleeping with and being touched by a man she hardly knew. 7mo
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baes @TheNerdyProfessor Interesting! I swear I read that she was diagnosed as an adult. Hmm. 🤔 And yes, I will agree with that. 7mo
baes Found this. Her daughter was thought to by teacher, but didn‘t. However, Helen was diagnosed at 34. Interesting that she said she didn‘t? I will have to listen to her interview another time, just thought Id share that. https://www.google.com/amp/s/ew.com/books/2018/06/05/helen-hoang-kiss-quotient-i... 7mo
BlameJennyJane I knew I also read somewhere that Hoang has ASD @baes and @TheNerdyProfessor ! I also thought her portrayal in Kiss Quotient seemed stereotypical but her own Dx was enough “street cred” for me to go with it. https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.nbcnews.com/news/amp/ncna887281 (edited) 7mo
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krissylovesbooks75
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I love when I get my #bookofthemonth #bookmail. It makes me so happy! #helenhoang

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LibraryLovingMommy
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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.

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"The way you navigate the world will never be more important than the type of person you are." Pg 194

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jamicuns
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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.

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Wow. I was concerned when one of the timelines began August 2001...but I did not see that ending coming. Beautiful story.

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tammysue
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“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 ☆

JennyM Sounds a perfect read for me right now #stacked 😘 8mo
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Siri_reads
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I really liked this book. I loved Annika and all her quirkiness. The only thing I disliked was that the book ended too abruptly.

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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?)
#romantsy

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OBSESSED with this book.

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LDuffN
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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.

Reecaspieces This book is fantastic 8mo
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Reecaspieces
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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

Bklover Great review!!! 8mo
Reecaspieces @Bklover thank so much!!!! 🤗 8mo
tammysue Fabulous review, Reeca!! It sounds great - I just put it on library hold! 😊 8mo
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Reecaspieces @whatshesreadingnow oh girl! Don‘t miss this one. I loved it! 8mo
LDuffN Loved this book. 8mo
Reecaspieces @LDuffN me too! 8mo
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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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Out April 2nd!

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?

baes I loved this book so much. There needs to be more. (edited) 8mo
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This is one of the most beautiful stories I have ever read! Totally enchanting. A story of unconditional love.
Full review at www.facebook.com/groups/ReadingisMyPassion
@StMartinsPress

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I just couldn't put this down.

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imabusybee
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Getting some reading done.

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Reecaspieces
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I am loving my wild Friday night!!! Nothing better!

Stacypatrice This looks so cozy 😊 9mo
CoverToCoverGirl Wow! That‘s just crazy! 😂📚 9mo
Reecaspieces @Stacypatrice it is...until I have to go to the bathroom...disturbs the whole thing 😂 9mo
Reecaspieces @CoverToCoverGirl I know right?! But thank goodness I have Saturday to recover 😂🎉🍭 9mo
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