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.
I received this book as an ARC, and I am ashamed that I am only just now getting my review of this novel typed up. I devoured this book, could not put it down. I love the characters, mainly because I found myself relating slightly to the main one. The POV switches back and forth between Annika and Jonathan, and the way the author managed to weave it together is amazing to me. If you are looking for a book to give you feels and tell an amazing story along the way, pick up The Girl He Used to Know.
I still keep thinking about the characters, I have questions about what came after the novel ended. Maybe one day we will get answers. Still one of my favorite reads from 2019!