Review: The Square Root of Summer by Harriet Reuter Hapgood

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Edition: Paperback, 336 pages, published May 5th 2016 by Macmillan Children’s Books
Synopsis: 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.

Wow! What a book to hopefully (?) finally get me out of this long time reading slump! If anything can, it’ll definitely be this one.

The plot…what a book. Yes, I’ve got to say it does flit about a lot, but so that’s what makes it different, unique, special. This book does kind of involve time-travel, but that’s the awesome thing about it! I definitely wouldn’t let the idea put you off, if you’re planning on reading it.

The characters…ah, I could relate to Gottie in so many ways. Her mood swings and the way she changes so much, I totally just got it. I mean, I don’t have screenwipes etc, but everything else…she is my spirit animal!

The writing…oh wow. How do I use words to describe such an incredible use of, well, words? This book was like the most delightful chocolate cake, layers and layers of gorgeousness. It was relatable on one level, but then it was also amazingly poetic. I admit, I wrote a lot of quotes from this one.

Something I liked…the setting! I don’t often find books set in my humble little country, so I’m always pleased when I do. And such a cute little place, one I’d love to visit if it existed in real life…yep, a real version of Holksea sounds pretty darn good to me. Oh, and the Book Barn too? Please?

Something I disliked…nope, nothing. This book was like one of the lovely cakes Thomas baked in this novel…sweet and perfect.

My rating is…

☽ ☽ ☽ ☽ ☽
5 out of 5 moons

-Beth

May your shelves forever overflow with books! ☽


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