Title: 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
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.