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The Girl He Used to Know by Tracey Garvis Graves
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Sweet but simple.

This is a romance with a twist. Because it's really the story of Annika, a high-functioning woman on the Autism Spectrum Disorder continuum, as she slowly learns how to function successfully in the adult world. Her story moves back and forth in time. Part follows her budding college romance with Jonathan, a fellow student she meets when both join the university's chess club. For reasons you will discover yourself (if you read the book) their romance ends close to graduation. So, the other part of the story explores how the reconnect ten years later.

What was most interesting to me was learning more about some of the everyday difficulties those with this disorder experience. As well as the ways they can be taken advantage of. So kudos for good research.

But there was something a little too contrived about these two characters. And about their story. First, of course, both are incredibly good looking. And there didn't seem to be any good reason to make them so. Then, near the end of the book, there's a surprising plot twist, which completely takes over the narrative and, to me, provided way too much of a pat resolution to their romance.

Overall, an interesting and quick read, suspenseful near the end, but certainly not great literature. I suggest you put it on your beach read list.

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Reading Progress

June 11, 2019 – Shelved
June 11, 2019 – Shelved as: to-read
June 14, 2019 – Started Reading
June 18, 2019 – Finished Reading

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