BOOK REVIEW: THE GIRL HE USED TO KNOW

Annika Rose likes being alone.
She feels lost in social situations, saying the wrong thing or acting the wrong way – she just can’t read people. She prefers the quiet solitude of books or playing chess to being around others.
Apart from Jonathan. She liked being around him, but she hasn’t seen him for ten years. Until now that is. And she’s not sure he’ll want to see her again after what happened all those years ago.

Annika Rose likes being alone.
Except that, actually, she doesn’t like being alone at all.

 

 


review

A second-chance romance with an autism twist

Annika and Jonathan were in love back in college. But due to some circumstances, they had to drift apart. Fate puts them in each other’s path 10 years later. Can they reconcile?

The relationship between Annika and Jonathan was very organic and the progress felt heartfelt. I was as engaged by the past timeline as I was by the present one. It was Annika that made the story a winner in my eyes. Her vulnerabilities and attempts to blend in with others touched my heart so much! Here is a woman whose brain works on a different wavelength than others, but she is hellbent on not letting her brain get in the way. Her attempts to be a ‘normal’ person in front of others were adorable and heartbreaking at the same time.

The word ‘autism’ is never used. Annika never acknowledges her condition, and the people around her also know not to mention it. Jonathan too. He was the most patient and kindest guy. But I think their inability to hash everything out was what hurt their relationship at first. There were some aspects to their courtship that I didn’t find particularly romantic. But that’s the charm of the story. Because it’s not always romantic, but the author never forgets to keep it real. I also loved Annika’s relationship with her family and how it transitions over time. Her friendship with Janice was probably my favorite thing about the whole book.

I don’t know what to feel about the direction the story takes at the end. It came at me off the left field so I wasn’t prepared for it. A part of me thought that it was too dramatic but I also understand how it was necessary for the story. The ending felt a little abrupt but I had a smile at the part it ended.

This book belongs to Annika. She’s one character whose journey I would love everyone to experience. Strongly recommended!


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★★★★☆