Saturday, February 13, 2016

The Square Root of Summer by Harriet Reuter Hapgood

Hi  readers!  I know the cold weather's been rough, but it's the perfect excuse to stay in and read for February break.  You can't read this one yet (it doesn't come out until May) but,  Harriet Reuter Hapgood's The Square Root of Summer is a heart-wrenching combination of realistic and science fiction.

Gottie H. Oppenheimer grew up without a mother, and her beloved Grandfather, Grey has passed away.  In the summer before her senior year, her childhood friend, Thomas comes back to their sleepy English town of Holksea and brings with him memories of the past.  As Gottie is trying to sort out her feelings about Thomas and the death of Grey, time starts to fall apart.  After studying dark matter and black holes in Physics, Gottie became obsessed with the idea of wormholes and keeps finding them throughout her town.  She is frequently transported to last summer and faces her first love, first heartbreak and the day her grandfather died.  As the summer comes to a close, Gottie is forced to face the fact that her reality is falling apart and attempt to figure out how to save it.

I was a bit skeptical when I started this book, science fiction really isn't my thing, however all of my doubts were immediately refuted.  For people who are looking for a unique read, this is the perfect book.  The romance is not the focus and neither is the time-travel, both are catalysts for the coming of age of a teenage girl who has faced far too much heartbreak.  Each of the characters is perfectly created, from Gottie's friends to her crazy physics teacher, readers everywhere will know someone who fits the bill.'

Many times, plots are quite repetitive from book to book, but this was refreshing.  New ideas are always wonderful and this one is brilliant.  This book is a must read for everyone and I know, everyone who reads it will love it.

That's all for now!  Happy reading!


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