Author: Harriet Reuter Hapgood
Publisher by: Roaring Brook Press
Published on: May 3, 2016
Genres: Mature YA
Page Count: 304
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.
With time travel, quantum physics, and sweeping romance, The Square Root of Summer is an exponentially enthralling story about love, loss, and trying to figure it all out, from stunning debut YA voice, Harriet Reuter Hapgood.
“The big picture, the whole story, is just thousands of tiny stories, like a kaleidoscope.”
The Square Root Of Summer was a wonderfully quirky and unique story, on loss, love, and dealing with you’re own grief.
“I believe in love in a Big Bang scale.”
Immediately we are thrust into 17 year old, Margot aka Gottie Oppenheimer’s world. It’s a world of numbers and equations. Gottie is someone that is lost inside herself. Five years ago her best friend, the other half to her trouble times two, Thomas Althorpe, moved away to Canada. Then last summer, everything in her life changed. She fell in love with her brother’s friend, Jason, and he broke her heart. Worst of all, she lost the her beloved grandfather Grey.
“I rage at the universe. But Gottie reminds me it’s all going to work out. I am a Viking.”
Since then Gottie has closed herself off by disconnecting from her family and friends. She spends most of her time alone in her room, daydreaming, alive but not really living. This summer where she should be thinking of going off to college and a life outside of her little town Holksea, she wants everything to stay the same. She doesn’t want to think about the future but this is the summer her past and future collide. Gottie finds out Thomas is moving back after all this time and that he is moving into their home. Plus, her brother and Jason are home college and Gottie is still dealing with her heartbreak over their secret relationship.
And this was where the story became fascinatingly weird. Gottie begins to experience time “screenswipes” or “worm holes”. These “screenswipes” transport Gottie back to the special moments from last summer and the moments that had been special to her and Thomas. She doesn’t understand how or why it was happening but she was determined to find out.
“This is what it means to grieve someone. It’s a little bit like a black hole. It’s a little bit like infinity.”
This story was absolutely intriguing. I really liked Gottie. She was smart, quirky, but so aloof. Thomas was a sweetheart and still a typical 17 year old boy. Her family was so quirky and wild but they were fun. I found the mathematics and physics of the story fascinating, even though some of it was beyond my comprehension. This book was very different from what my usual read but I adored it. I thought it dealt with grief in a very unique but authentic way. It was beautifully written and easily captivating. I was very impressed Ms. Hagood’s writing and I look forward to what novel she writes next.