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Saturday, May 7, 2016

The Square Root of Summer by Harriet Reuter Hapgood

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Review by Suze
Gottie's life changed a lot last summer, it started as the best time of her life, but ended as the worst. Her beloved grandfather, who was always there for her and was her second parent, passed away and her boyfriend broke up with her at the same time. A year later Gottie is still not feeling better, grief is consuming her. The only thing that keeps her mind off her lonely and miserable situation is her paper about quantum physics. That changes when Thomas finally comes home after five years in Canada. He used to be her best friend, the boy she never wanted to let go.
Black holes are trying to swallow Gottie. While she travels through time she tries to make sense of her past and present and of her connection to the people she loves. She has a new chance at a relationship, but she might not be ready for that yet. Can she see a future through all the heartbreak of the past?
The Square Root of Summer is quite different from the regular summer romance. Gottie is a smart girl and she loves physics and formulas. It's what keeps her going. She's broken because almost everyone she loved left her at some point. Harriet Reuter Hapgood writes about her misery in such a beautiful emotional way. She uses science to enhance the intensity of Gottie's feelings which works very well. Gottie's father is from Germany and I liked the German expressions and words that appear between the English every now and then, it's a nice detail that added to her character. I love it when a story is unusual and Gottie's is exactly that. She can disappear in wormholes which is interesting and fun to read about.

Harriet Reuter Hapgood's writing flows easily. The Square Root of Summer is a controlled chaotic story. It has to be because of the time traveling and due to Gottie's emotions which are often all over the place and I never lost track of what I was reading. Everything keeps making sense and I somehow understood exactly what happened when and why. This makes the story great and I think it's a fascinating angle. I loved the ending, it's fitting and I really enjoyed it. The Square Root of Summer is a wonderful summer read, it's original, gripping and intriguing.


  1. Thanks for reviewing it! I want to read this book for onths now (yay, it finally came out) and tbh, it's nice to see positive reviews for the book.

  2. I'm trying to figure out how the grief takes her into black holes that are trying to get her. Is it a symbolic thing?