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  • The Girl He Used to Know # ARC Review





    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.

    Review

    " All my life, I'd been waiting for someone I could be mylself with. It had never occured to me that I could be that person for someone else."
    Annika has always felt a fish out of water, avoiding social interactions as much as she can but when she begins to study at university her life changes in different ways that will challenge her to discover and face totally new situations. Starting with her roommate who understands her like no one, past her fellows at the chess club and culminating with Jonathan.

    Jonathan is fascinated by the different girl and does everything to get close to her and gain her confidence, even though each encounter is a greater challenge than he imagined. She understands him as no one else has and the love between them blooms in a beautiful and gentle way.

    Their romance is the kind that makes us sigh with every touch, every gesture, every shared moment and every pain that comes. It was beautiful to follow the interactions between them and between them and people around them and it was exciting to follow this journey of love and achievements.

    Narrated in the first person alternately between the protagonists, between past and present, gradually the motives for their behavior is unfolding in a linear and constant rhythm.


    It amazed me how the writer chose to show the connection and the strength between them more towards the end of the book and how to show the extraordinary strength of Annika and were details like this  made me perfectly understand the choice of the cover and the title, a work to deal with open and tight heart with a good box of tissues on the side.
    5/5 stars


    Resenha

    Annika sempre se sentiu um peixe fora d'água, evitando interações sociais o máximo que pode mas ao entrar na universidade sua vida se modifica de diversas formas que a desafiará a se descobrir e enfrentar situações totalmente novas. A começar pela companheira de quarto que a entende como ninguém, passando pelos colegas do clube de xadrez e culminando com Jonathan.

    Jonathan se encanta pela garota diferente e faz de tudo para se aproximar dela e conquistar sua confiança,mesmo que cada encontro seja um desafio maior do que ele imaginaria. Ela entende ele como ninguem mais conseguiu e o amor entre eles floresce e frutifica de uma forma linda e suave.

    O romance deles é daquele tipo que faz a gente suspirar a cada toque, a cada gesto, a cada momento compartilhado e a cada dor que surge. Foi bonito de acompanhar as interações entre eles e entre eles e as pessoas a sua volta e foi emocionante acompanhar esta jornada de amor e conquistas.

    Narrado em primeira pessoa alternadamente entre os protagonistas, entre passado e presente, aos poucos os motivos para o comportamento de cada um deles vai se descortinando num ritmo linear e constante. 

    Me surpreendeu como a escritora escolheu mostrar a conexão e a força entre eles mais para o final do lilvro e como mostrar a força extraordinária de Annika e foram detalhes cmo este que me fizeram entender perfeitamente a escolha da capa e do título, uma obra para ser lida com o coração aberto e apertadinho com uma  boa caixa de lenços do lado. 

    5/5 estrelas.

    The Girl He Used to Know: The most surprising and unexpected romance of 2019 from the bestselling author (English Edition) por [Graves, Tracey Garvis]





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