The Square Root of Summer by Harriet Reuter Hapgood

27420164My 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 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.

How did I get the book? Received from publisher in exchange for an honest review

Genre: Science Fiction / Contemporary

Review: Well, there is no way I’m not going to talk about the German in this book, so shall we get that out of the way first. I loved the everyday phrases and Gottie’s family, plus naming the cat Umlaut was brilliant. There were some things that stuck out, one quite obvious one was “ich auche” which as I hope is corrected in the final version (I read a proof copy).

I enjoyed The Square Root of Summer and found Gottie’s narration easy to follow. The story jumps between different summers, yet the whole story is laid out for the reader to understand Gottie. With each new jump we learn more about her, from the memory but also by her reaction to it.

This is one of those stories that work’s if you connect and love the character. I liked Gottie and I could sympathise with her. I didn’t feel like there was the opportunity to get to know the other character’s in the same way.

The Square Root of Summer is a story about a girl dealing with grief and learning to let people back into her life, I don’t think ‘enjoyable’ is the right word but I liked this book.

Recommend it?

Yes

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