Book Review: The Square Root of Summer by Harriet Reuter Hapgood

Book Review: The Square Root of Summer by Harriet Reuter HapgoodThe Square Root of Summer by Harriet Reuter Hapgood
Published by Pan Macmillan on May 5th 2016
Rating: three-stars
Genres: Young Adult, Love & Romance, Time Travel, Social Themes, Death & Dying
Pages: 295
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My heart is a kaleidoscope, and when we kiss it makes my world unravel . . .
Last summer, Gottie's life fell apart. Her beloved grandfather Grey died and Jason, the boy to whom she lost her heart wouldn't even hold her hand at the funeral. This summer, still reeling from twin heartbreaks, Gottie is lost and alone and burying herself in equations. Until, after five years absence, Thomas comes home: former boy next door. Former best friend. Former everything. And as life turns upside down again she starts to experience strange blips in time - back to last summer, back to what she should have seen then . . .
During one long, hazy summer, Gottie navigates grief, world-stopping kisses and rips in the space-time continuum, as she tries to reconcile her first heartbreak with her last.
The Square Root of Summer is an astounding and moving debut from Harriet Reuter Hapgood.

I have literally just finished The Square Root of Summer and, to tell you the truth, my mind is boggled. If you asked me to type my feelings right this second, this is what you’d get: aheitrsojfkdsjsfko. Gobbledegook. I’m not ashamed to say this book baffled the living daylights out of me, and I would absolutely love somebody to explain to me what caused Gottie to move through wormholes, akin to something I’m used to seeing in The Flash. And that makes me sad, because if Harriet Reuter Hapgood had explained what went on in layman’s terms, all would have been well and I would have loved this book. Instead, I feel dazed and confused, as if I’ve gone twelve rounds with Mike Tyson.

As a young adult summer romance, this was an amazing read. I loved Gottie, and I loved Thomas, and Gottie’s brother, Ned, and her papa, and it sounded like an idyllic a summer as you can imagine, when you’ve gone through what Gottie’s gone through. The writing was gorgeous, and I could imagine the scenes so vividly, and if this hadn’t boggled my mind with the physics, this would have been a book that made me sigh with happiness, instead of one that left me feeling confused and mildly stupid (I HATE when a book makes me feel stupid, sob).

The Square Root of Summer is one of those books that will leave a lot of readers confused – thankfully, I will not be the only one. But if you excuse the confusing bits, this is actually a really lovely story of someone trying to get through her grief, and I really just wanted to give Gottie the biggest hug. This was such a cute read, and there’s not a lot else I can say really. I wish I could, but my mind is just scrambled right now. So I’m going to think on it and see if it makes any sense, or if I’ll just end up making it worse. Where’s a real life Sheldon Cooper when you need one, eh? One thing’s for sure I will be re-reading this book, because maybe, just maybe, it will make sense second time around!


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