The Square Root Of Summer by Harriet Reuter HapgoodThe Square Root Of Summer by Harriet Reuter Hapgood

The Square Root Of Summer

byHarriet Reuter Hapgood, Peppermint Frog Limited

Hardcover | May 3, 2016

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A stunning debut novel the New York Times calls a "delectable romance"!

Gottie's heart has been broken three times. One, when her best friend moved away without saying goodbye. Two, when her beloved grandfather died. Three, when her first love wouldn't even hold her hand at the funeral.

As Gottie spirals deeper into grief, her past literally comes back to haunt her when she is inexplicably sent back in time to good memories and bad, revisiting afternoons of kisses and days she wanted to forget forever. This summer, Gottie's past, present, and future are about to collide-and she's the only one who can figure out why.

The Square Root of Summer is an exponentially enthralling story about love and loss, from debut YA voice, Harriet Reuter Hapgood.

Harriet Reuter Hapgood is a freelance journalist who has worked with Marie Claire, ELLE, and InStyle in the U.K. Her debut novel, The Square Root of Summer, was inspired by her German mathematician grandfather and her lifelong obsession with YA romance, which includes an MA thesis on Dawson's Creek from London College of Fashion, and a...
Title:The Square Root Of SummerFormat:HardcoverDimensions:304 pages, 9.56 × 6.39 × 1.02 inPublished:May 3, 2016Publisher:Roaring Brook PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1626723737

ISBN - 13:9781626723733


Rated 4 out of 5 by from Beachy read for your science nerds!! I was kind of fooled by this beautiful cover, my lovely reviewers. Kind of. Slightly. I'm kidding. I was a LITTLE MORE than SLIGHTLY fooled by this cover and the time-traveling premise of Harriet Reuter Hapgood's debut novel that was released at the perfect moment—before summer and before allergy season (which has hit now), before I get the sniffles and am not able to look at books for a few days because my eyes are blurry. 'Twas a perfect period of time to release the book, but surely not a perfect story overall. I found this one to be too good to be true. In fact, it was not as math-based or philosophically inclined as I expected when I requested it for review. The Square Root of Summer was supposed to be what you first thought: about time traveling and rewinding. I saw this more of a coming of age, moving story about a girl who is trying to discover what memories are important in life and what should she keep in mind as she makes new decisions and all of that jazz. This was mostly focused on the ever-building romance between Gottie and Thomas, two "best friends" who have known each other since birth and were separated by Thomas moving. He comes back, and things speed up once more even though they were separated for a real long time and y'know... once we become teenagers, shiz changes. Greatly, sometimes, even. I do not want to head back to my eleven-year-old life, let's just say that. I liked this one, don't get me wrong. Hapgood delivers a good message in this story, proving that we all have what it takes to form bonds (once again) with people who may be our enemies (even though it has never happened to me), or with people who we lost ages ago. Five Reasons Why I Gave This 3.5 Stars: 1. It missed the "WOW factor." I think y'all get it. I just was not able to see the thing that draws me in so much and keeps me drawn in. I read this because I was initially intrigued, but that seemed to fade away after I kept reading and things started to speed up, or in this case, s l o w down. I wanted more mathematical concepts explained, more theoretical stuff, less fluff. WHY THE FLUFF, HARRIET?! 2. I loved Gottie. Once in a while us readers are introduced to a protagonist who is so relatable that we feel like the book is strictly about our lives and it turns out to be kind of... creepy. Gottie was that person for me. When I read a book, I do not go into it expecting to be able to relate to every single character and feel like it's my life. But when it does happen, it turns out to be a factor that just makes me enjoy the book even more. I even had this conversation with my friends today. We laughed and anchored about a book that was supposedly "so bad" to others but I loved it. I turn out to be the black sheep in those senses a few times while reading. This? I was equal with everyone else. This is not a five star read, but Gottie's lovely, cheery character made everything a touch better. 3. It's different. Uniqueness is that DEFINITE factor that makes me smile a bit. Jokes. A LOT. I love diversity in themes, and this definitely had it. I love ROMANCE WITH TIME TRAVELING. And this time-traveling had a twist, my friends! Let's head into the Tardis or whatever you Whowards or whatever call it. *wink* 4. You will enjoy it. I'm pretty sure it's everyone's cup of tea. I mean, there's a bitter taste at the start, but things do get better. 5. Thomas is smoking. Not as in cigarettes but as in HOT FACTOR. I ship Gottie and him so hard. *giggles* "Thomas didn't belong on his side of the hedge, where the lawn was neatly clipped and his scary dad's rules were practically laminated. And I didn't quite belong on mine, where we were allowed to roam free. It wasn't about like or love—we were always together. We shared a brain. And now he's coming back..." (15)
Date published: 2017-01-18
Rated 3 out of 5 by from The Romance is A+, the Physics is C- I loved the romance in this book, but the physics was totally over my head (and it made me disconnect from the story in the parts where it was heavy). Simply for the romance, and for the discussion of death and moving on, this book is worth the read. Don't let the physics scare you.
Date published: 2017-01-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Beautiful & Captivating YA Debut Gottie Oppenheimer would give anything to return to the past. Back to last summer when she was falling in love with Jason, her older brother's best friend. Back five years ago, when her best friend and neighbour, Thomas, moved across the ocean to Toronto and never wrote to her. But most importantly, back to last September... when Grey, her larger-than-life grandfather, passed away. Since Grey died, there's been a void in Gottie's life that can never be filled. A math genius in a family of artists and dreamers, it was always Grey who pulled Gottie from the periphery and enfolded her into the heart of the chaos. And now that he's gone, Gottie has withdrawn from everyone. She barely speaks. And she's stripped the house of anything that reminds her of him; the warm memories they evoked were too painful. But now it's summer again in their small coastal town. Her brother, Ned, has returned home from college in London and, already, he's planning the annual end-of-summer party that Grey always hosted. Jason is back and barely acknowledges they were ever together; their entire relationship was a secret, after all. And Thomas, the boy she thought she'd never see again, is suddenly staying in Grey's room for the summer. It's too much for Gottie. And now she's losing time. Quite literally. Wormholes are hurtling Gottie to the past, forcing her to relive her memories and the small moments she thought she'd forgotten. When she's just as suddenly pushed backed in the present, hours have inexplicably passed and no one has noticed she completely spaced out. Gottie tries to rationalize her time traveling with physics, but maybe some events just defy explanation... Haven't we all wished we could turn back time? Cherish a moment with a loved one or fix our mistakes? For Gottie, it's an unforgettable summer of second chances and facing her grief. Time is constantly moving forward when all she wants to do is linger in the present and past. Thomas slips back into her life like he never left. And months later, she still can't face Jason without feeling like an awkward girl with a broken heart. Harriet Reuter Hapgood's The Square Root of Summer is a beautiful and captivating YA debut. The prose has a decidedly English flair that I've come to recognize; it's endearingly quirky and offbeat and absolutely perfect. The Square Root of Summer is a heartfelt time travel story that explores love and loss in a truly memorable way. I'll definitely be eager to read whatever Harrier Reuter Hapgood writes next!
Date published: 2016-05-18

Editorial Reviews

A Teen Vogue Best New Book of 2016An Indies Introduce New Voices Selection"[T]he delectable romance and the moment when past, present and future all come together and semi-solve the mysteries of Gottie's time travel make the journey worthwhile." -The New York Times"Novelist Harriet Reuter Hapgood's electric YA debut, The Square Root of Summer, reminds us that time is a healer." -Buzzfeed"While this book does deliver on the title's promise of teenage vacation hijinks, romance, and mathematical equations, it also presents a heartrending quandary: How to move forward with a life that has been defined by loss . . . It presents an earnest picture of the way loss ripples through a family and shapes the movements of everyone it touches." -NPR"Harriet Reuter Hapgood delivers a clever and compelling story of love, loss and resilience . . . an exciting, shouldn't-miss debut with a fresh and enthralling time-travel twist." -USA Today, Happily Ever After"Gottie might just be our next favorite YA heroine." -Hello Giggles"The Square Root of Summer proves that time travel and young love go hand in hand." -Mashable"An epic romance with twists that will leave you breathless." -Kami Garcia, #1 New York Times bestselling co-author of Beautiful Creatures and author of The Lovely Reckless"Sophisticated and believable . . . An emotional roller-coaster ride worth taking." -School Library Journal, starred review"A story of complex grief, love, and growth." -Kirkus Reviews"Reuter Hapgood's novel will lodge in the hearts of readers." -Booklist"A poignant portrait of a girl struggling with loss and love, this novel is equal parts heart and smarts, with a dash of friends-turned-more sweetness." -Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books"Set to be one of the most talked-about YA debuts of 2016. Love, loss and heartbreak told in a wholly authentic teenage voice." -The Bookseller, one to watch"An atmospheric, romantic, and beautifully-written puzzle of a book, starring a lovably unconventional cast of characters. You won't want to put this book down for even a second until you've pieced the whole thing together." -Leila Sales, author of This Song Will Save Your Life and Once Was a Time