ARC Review: The Girl He Used to Know by Tracey Garvis Graves

Posted April 2, 2019 by Francesca in Reviews / 4 Comments

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ARC Review: The Girl He Used to Know by Tracey Garvis Graves
The Girl He Used to Know
by Tracey Garvis-Graves

3 Stars

BOOK INFO


Released: April 2, 2019
Published by St. Martin's Press
Pages: 304
Format: ARC
 

“Tracey Garvis Graves can write compelling books.”
~ Under the Covers

When I started reading this I wasn’t sure what to expect.  If it would be a traditional romance or more of a women’s fiction novel.  This is definitely one that falls somewhere in the middle for me with leaning heavier to the side of WF.

The story of Annika and Jonathan is told in dual timelines.  They met in college 10 years prior and we get to slowly see them fall in love.  Jonathan has to learn how to be what Annika needs and it was incredibly sweet to see that relationship develop and love grow from it.  But interspersed throughout the story there’s also the current day life for Annika and Jonathan which is actually 2001 not current year.  They didn’t end up together and we are trying to figure out where they are in their lives and if they can find their way back to each other.

I think this is a great character driven story.  There’s certainly a lot the reader needs to slowly uncover to understand the character’s actions and I had a good time putting those pieces together as we went along.  I mentioned before it leans more towards women’s fiction because this book focuses on the heroine’s struggles a lot more than the relationship.  Which is something I like to read about, generally.  But since I wasn’t sure going in what to expect, I think though I wanted to connect with the romance a bit more than I did and some of the story felt a bit slow at times.  But even if understated, it was a sweet second chance romance.

There’s also one thing towards the end that I should’ve seen was coming but I just wasn’t paying attention I guess and to me it felt a bit unnecessary.  I know we needed to add some drama but it felt like we plucked it out of nowhere.  Maybe it made sense to need something like that to shake things up, but it felt out of place for me.  I won’t spoil it so you may understand what I’m talking about once you read the book.  This one thing definitely brought down my rating for this book.

One thing is for sure, Tracey Garvis Graves can write compelling books.  This one proves it again because even though I didn’t necessarily have a heavy connection with the characters or the story, I still didn’t want to put it down until I had figured it all out.

 

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About Tracey Garvis-Graves

Tracey Garvis Graves is a New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today bestselling author. Her debut novel, On the Island, spent 9 weeks on the New York Times bestseller list, has been translated into twenty-seven languages, and is in development with MGM and Temple Hill Productions for a feature film. She is also the author of Uncharted, Covet, Every Time I Think of You, and Cherish. She is hard at work on her sixth book.

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Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

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Fabulous review Francesca! Shared on my socials!💖💋

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Thanks for sharing your thoughts on it Francesca

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Thanks for the review, I have this on my TBR pile.