Review: The Square Root of Summer by Harriet Reuter Hapgood

the square root of summerTitle: The Square Root of Summer
Author: Harriet Reuter Hapgood
Publisher: Macmillan Children’s Books
UK Release Date: 5th May 2016
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult, Romance, Time Travel, Science Fiction
Pages: 322
Format: Paperback
Source: Library

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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 left her – the boy to whom she lost her virginity (and her heart) – and he 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’d been super keen to read The Square Root of Summer for a long time, as I’d seen Harriet Reuter Hapgood speak at both YALW and YA Shot, so was left very curious about her book. There are lots of reviews around the bookish community too, which meant that my anticipation was high. However, while it was pretty good, for me it wasn’t as good as I’d expected it to be, and I was left feeling a little disappointed.

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Review: Margot & Me by Juno Dawson

margot and meTitle: Margot & Me
Author: Juno Dawson
Publisher: Hot Key Books
UK Release Date: 26th January 2017
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult, Romance, Historical, Family
Pages: 417
Format: Paperback
Source: Publisher

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Sometimes love has to cross all kinds of barriers . . .

Fliss is on the way to visit her grandmother in Wales – the grandmother who she doesn’t get on with – with her mother who is recuperating from chemotherapy. But her mum is getting better, that’s the main thing, so Fliss can concentrate on being grouchy and not looking forward to meeting her grandmother Margot, who is so cold and always so unforgiving of Fliss’s every mistake . . . But when the six months is up, Fliss consoles herself, she and her mum will go back to London and back to Real Life!

In the meantime Fliss needs to get used to her new school, not upset the scary girls, and just keep her head down (whilst still making sure that everybody knows she is from London, of course). Then Fliss discovers a diary at the back of her bookcase. It is from the 1940s and is set in World War II, and, Fliss realises, is actually Margot’s diary from when she was a young woman during the Blitz. Intrigued, Fliss begins to read. There she discovers a whole new side to Margot, a wartime romance and also Margot’s deepest, most buried secret. And it is then that Fliss discovers something terrible in her own life that she is going to have to come to terms with…

A brilliantly written love story from acclaimed teen writer Juno Dawson.

-> Thank you to Hot Key Books and Tina Mories for sending me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review!

I am so happy to be reviewing this book on my blog today, as it was such a pleasure to read, and I’m excited to be able to share my thoughts. I’ve read and enjoyed quite a few of Juno Dawson’s other books, both non-fiction and fiction, but this one was definitely my favourite of all her books. It was engaging, and vivid, and somehow both heart-warming and heart-shattering at the same time, and I absolutely loved it.

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Review: Doing It!: Let’s Talk About Sex… by Hannah Witton

9781526360038.jpgTitle: Doing It!: Let’s Talk About Sex…
Author: Hannah Witton
Publisher: Wren & Rook
UK Release Date: 6th April 2017
Genres: Nonfiction, Feminism, Sexuality
Pages: 320
Format: Proof
Source: Publisher

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Figuring out how to build and maintain healthy relationships – with your family, friends, romantically and with yourself – is a crucial part of being a teen. It’s not easy though, particularly in a digital age where information and advice are so forthcoming it can be hard to know who or what to believe or trust. Porn is everywhere, sexting is the norm and messages about body image are highly mixed. Hannah combats this by tackling subjects ranging from masturbation and puberty to slut shaming and consent in an accessible, relatable and extremely honest way. She is unembarrassed about bringing little-discussed topics into the open, and as such empowers teens to have the confidence to conduct relationships on their terms, and in a way that they feel comfortable with.

-> Thank you to Wren & Rook for sending me a proof of this book in exchange for an honest review!

I love Hannah Witton’s videos (seriously, if you haven’t seen any, please go check out her channel – as soon as you’ve finished reading this of course), and had been watching them for a few months when I heard she was going to have a book published. Obviously you can then imagine my delight when I was sent a proof to review! I thought Doing It was an absolutely fantastic book, and will definitely be recommending it.

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April Releases I’m Anticipating

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I do feel a bit like I say this at the beginning of every single one of these posts that I write, but April?!?! How the time flies!

Anyway, there are so many amazing releases for this month, and so I decided to talk about six books today – three which I have been wanting to read for so long, and three which I’ve already had the fortune to have read, and want to recommend.

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