I waited a week to review this book. I usually write my reviews as soon as I finish, but with this book, I needed to let it sit with me. This book is beautiful and written with such sensitivity.
Annika (sounds like “Monica” without the M) goes to college. She is an idiosyncratic woman, who does not completely understand social cues. She inadvertently puts herself in danger and her roommate, Janice, rescues her. Janice becomes Annika’s best friend. Because of Janice, Annika joins the chess club. She is good at chess. Because she joins chess club, she meets Jonathon. He likes Annika for who she is. He and Annika fall in love. Then they break up. Then they unexpectedly see each other again.
They decide to start over. And just when things are getting really serious, Jonathon is in the Twin Towers on September 11, 2001. Annika gets over her fear of driving and drives from Chicago to New Jersey, where she and Janice head into Manhattan to find Jonathon.
Tracey Garvis Graves has written a beautiful, sensitive book. Annika is an amazing, interesting character. I don’t know that much about the spectrum, but I learned a lot from this book, though it’s not discussed by name. Annika is a fascinating character. She is quirky and her lack of ability to recognize social cues makes her refreshingly straightforward. It’s a beautifully written and plotted story. I so completely fell in love with this book. I absolutely loved it. I can’t say enough good things about it. Read this book. You will thank me for recommending it.
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