Thursday, March 28, 2019

The Girl He Used to Know Book Review + Twitter Party RSVP For Prizes


MBE partnered with SheSpeaks for this post

On Sale April 2, 2019

Deep down every one of us seeks love, to be accepted for who we are, despite our flaws. As human beings we all also face challenges in life as well as endure both bad and good experiences from which we can learn and grow including forgiveness and accepting others without judgement. In a nutshell, that's the messaging the new heart-felt novel The Girl He Used to Know (St. Martin's Press, 2019) by New York Times Best Selling Author Tracey Garvis Graves conveys. 

A Romance With Heart

What makes this new novel different from other romantic tales is Annika's sense of feeling different because she is high functioning autistic. From the very first chapter of The Girl He Used to Know, you'll find yourself building empathy, relating to her, and cheering her on. You'll feel increasing sensitivity toward the main character as the plot pushes further and Annika struggles to overcome social anxiety, to fit in, and, ultimately, to open herself to the possibilities of self-worth, true friendship as well as true love.

The book tells the story from two alternating points of view of former college classmates who first met at a Midwestern campus chess club and once had a relationship. Ultimately, it is Annika's fears and struggles due to autism -- that aren't her fault -- that causes a disconnect in their feelings for each other and these young lovers grow apart. 

A decade later Annika, who now has a Master's degree and works as a librarian, and Jonathan, a newly-divorced banker, a chance meeting catches them both caught off guard. Following much awkwardness and out of regret for what they once shared as a couple, they begin to revisit what they had and try to recapture their love. 

It's author Graves' gift of developing settings and characters which seem so real that you almost feel as if they can jump off the pages and physically be in the same room with you.

Will Annika and Jonathan succeed in unconditional love this time before it is too late? Or will they fail again to rekindle the romance they once had? To find out what happens, you'll have to read this beautiful, sensitively written story. Your perceptions and beliefs about what it's like to be autistic or to be a parent, friend or lover to someone who has autism are about to open your eyes to things you may have never considered before.

Learn More

The Girl He Used to Know (St Martin's Press, 2019) by Tracey Garvis Graves goes on sale April 2, 2019. You can also stay up to date on all the news about this novel and other new books via St. Martin's Press on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Join us for a Twitter Party

The Girl He Used to Know
Twitter Party 

April 2, 2019
2:00 - 3:00 pm ET

Special Guest: Author, Tracey Garvis Graves, tgarvisgraves

Panelists:  MommyBlogExpertCensieJ , MoneySvgParent
Prizes: The Girl He Used to Know books + Amazon giftcards; ONE (1) Door Prize $100 Amazon giftcard

FTC Disclosure: I received an advanced copy of the book featured to facilitate this review. I am also participating as a paid panelist in the publisher's related Twitter Party organized by SheSpeaks. However, all opinions here are my own.

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