Saturday, 18 June 2016

Review - The Square Root of Summer by Harriet Reuter Hapgood

Title: The Square Root of Summer
Author: Harriet Reuter Hapgood
Pages: 336
Publisher: Macmillan Children's Books
Release date: 5th May 2016

Blurb from Goodreads: 

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.


My Review

*I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Thanks to Pan Macmillan and NetGalley*

Last summer Gottie's grandfather died and so did her secret relationship with Jason, her brother's best friend.
A year later, Gottie is still grieving. Then Thomas, who lived next door and was Gottie's best friend, comes back from five years in Canada. Gottie starts experiencing strange moments where she seems to go back in time.
What's happening?
Is Gottie going crazy?

I really enjoyed the science aspect of The Square Root of Summer. The reason for the wormholes was an interesting concept.
I also liked that Gottie was half German and that there were German words scattered throughout the book (I studied German at school).
I thought Gottie was a likeable protagonist and I felt sorry for her - everyone seemed to leave her - but she didn't help herself by pushing people away.
I didn't like Jason at all and wanted Ned to be angrier when he found out about him and Gottie - I really wanted him to punch the douchebag.
The plot was interesting and help my attention but I wasn't gripped.
I liked the writing style and that there were diagrams included.

Overall this was an enjoyable, unique read.