Saturday, 28 May 2016

The Square Root of Summer by Harriet Reuter Hapgood

Sponsored post: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Pan Macmillan and NetGalley.
The Square Root of Summer
Blurb (from Goodreads):
This is what it means to love someone. This is what it means to grieve someone. It's a little bit like a black hole. It's a little bit like infinity.

Gottie H. Oppenheimer is losing time. Literally. When the fabric of the universe around her seaside town begins to fray, she's hurtled through wormholes to her past:

To last summer, when her grandfather Grey died. To the afternoon she fell in love with Jason, who wouldn't even hold her hand at the funeral. To the day her best friend Thomas moved away and left her behind with a scar on her hand and a black hole in her memory.

Although Grey is still gone, Jason and Thomas are back, and Gottie's past, present, and future are about to collide—and someone's heart is about to be broken.


The Square Root of Summer by Harriet Reuter Hapgood

My rating: 3.25 of 5 stars


The Square Root of Summer “We’re at opposite sides of the Event Horizon. The point of no return. I don’t want to think about which side I’m on.”




This was a YA sci-fi story, but it took a long while to really get going.

Gottie was an okay character, and I understood her confusion over the wormholes because I was confused too. The death of her grandfather had also hit her really hard, and this seemed to be really casting a shadow over Gottie’s life.

“Ever since the day Grey died, talking exposes me.”




The storyline in this was about Gottie finding these weird wormhole things opening up around her, which when entered sucked her into scenes from her past. The problem with the wormholes though was that they were quite confusing. Gottie would enter one, we’d get a weird flashback (which didn’t always make much sense) and then we’d be dumped out of the wormhole again, and nothing would happen then until the next one cropped up, which was a bit boring. Thankfully the other storylines improved a bit as the book went on though, and I did actually start to enjoy the book a bit more towards the end.

“Time hasn’t just stopped. The branches are unravelling.”




The ending to this was okay, and it did seem like Gottie was finally coming to terms with her grandfather’s death. I almost feel like I need to start this book again from the beginning though to see if it makes any more sense the second time around.



6.5 out of 10

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