A new book by New York Times Bestselling Author Tracey Garvis Graves is released this week: The Girl He Used to Know.
One of my goals this year was to read at night, instead of mindlessly watching TV. I’ve been doing pretty well with it so far! I have been pretty deep in non-fiction, yet when I heard about this book, I was intrigued.
The Girl He Used to Know, by New York Times bestselling author. Tracey Garvis Graves will be released April 2nd…this week! It is a story which follows the story of Jonathan and Annika from their college days in 1991 and after meeting again in Chicago 2001. They have both changed, yet in many ways they are the same people they fell in love with a decade before.
I will admit, it took me a minute to get into the book. Being split between different time frames AND different characters takes an adjustment. Once I got rolling, though, I had to know what happened in the past to make them break up…plus if it was bad enough to make a future relationship not work. No spoilers, just know it’s a good story!
Annika is different than many female leads in stories like this, which is refreshing. She is upfront about her differences and you always feel for her, especially when she is trying to navigate people who don’t understand her idiosyncrasies.
Aside from their relationship, this book is very much about her best friend Janice and their relationship. I couldn’t help but compare my experiences with my college roommates. After college, it was an adjustment to go from seeing someone every day, knowing everything going on to being adults engrossed in our own worlds.
Almost 2 years ago, I started a Marco Polo chain with my college besties and it has been amazing for us. This video app has reconnected us so much and I enjoy hearing about everyone’s life in a weekly format. Having close girlfriends is essential, especially when dealing with the crazy stressors of adulthood.
Overall, I find this book to be a perfect easy spring read. I would love to discuss it, if you’ve read it! Here are some great discussion questions, if you’d like to enjoy it as a group.
How have you changed from who you were 10, 15 years ago? Would someone from your past recognize who you are today?