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The Square Root of Summer by Harriet Reuter Hapgood

The Square Root of Summer

The Square Root of Summer

The Square Root of Summer by Harriet Reuter Hapgood

My underwear is in the apple tree

This is the first sentence. I knew as soon as I read it that I was holding something special in my hands. Brilliant. Weirdly absurd. I love it.

I’m about to follow them into the kitchen, but something stops me. Like when you hear your name, and your soul snags on a nail.

But I also didn’t really understand it. I don’t do math well and wormholes are beyond me. Was it contemporary or was it fantasy? I am still confused.

The characters were the best thing, well after all the food. I haven’t felt so hungry while reading for ages. Complex and strange they fit into the story and after being scrambled together for a while they eventually fit each other.

Recommended age: 13+4 Star


Title: The Square Root of SummerThe Square Root of Summer
Author: Harriet Reuter Hapgood
Publication Date: 5 may 2016
Publisher: Macmillian
Source: ARC

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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.

–Abstract from Goodreads.com

The fact that I received an advanced review copy of this book from the publisher does not influence my policy to write an honest review.

1 Comment

  1. Reading the synopsis it sounds very much like a teen romance, I love second chance romances so it was sounding really good. Until it got to the part when it mentions “rips into the space-time continuum”, and I’m like WHAT?! Not a fan of crossing genres in books, Leah THomas does it in ‘Because You’ll Never Meet Me’ and it ruined the whole book for me so I think I’m going to give this one a miss.
    I do like the first line though, made me chuckle!

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