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The Square Root of Summer

The Square Root of Summer by Harriet Reuter Hapgood
Published by Roaring Brook Press on May 3rd 2016
Pages: 295

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.

This post is going to be a bit different from others. This is the first book of 2016 that I did not finish. It wasn’t because it was a bad book, or because I hated the story. I actually feel like the story would have been an amazing story if I could follow it. The main issue I had is the amount of numbers and science going on in the book.

Are science and numbers a bad thing in books? Absolutely not. This isn’t about the author at all. It isn’t about science being in books. It’s about the fact that for me *personally* there was too much going on and my brain felt like exploding. This is a normal thing for me when it comes to numbers and science. I love science, full believer of science but I never personally did well in math or science. Numbers and I are not friends. We are mortal enemies.

So this review is not me saying don’t read it. It’s about saying this – The story line and the idea were fantastic. I was really excited to move forward and see what happens between Gottie and Thomas. Grey, her grandfather, sounded like such a unique individual and I wanted to know more about his life before he died. The characters had such amazing personalities and made choices that were going to affect them in the long run. Falling in love, a band, parties.

Why am I sharing that I did not finish? Because like most people, I do look at negative reviews. I have certain reviewers that I follow, who have similar tastes to me. If they don’t read a book, I tend to avoid it. However, everyone I follow LOVED this book. Though this review is not negative, it could help someone when deciding to read a book. I know I’m not the only person in the world who struggles with numbers. ( It’s more than a struggle, let’s be honest. It’s a fear. ) I want to share my thoughts and opinions with you since I am a book blogger and that’s what I do.

You should give it a try, though. If you have read it, I would love to know what your thoughts were on it, and if maybe you found yourself being confused sometimes as well. Share your thoughts in the comments.



Sarah LeBlanc

★ Borderline battler ★ Bookish lover ★ Hunger Games fanatic ★ Jodi Meadows Fangirl ★ Raising Awareness of Mental Health and BPD ★

  • Jordan @ The Heart of a Book Blogger

    Thanks for sharing, Sarah! I have this sitting on my shelf so I’ll hopefully get to it sometime in the future. While I’m fine with numbers and math, I don’t like science at all so we’ll see how I do with this book.

    June 2, 2016 at 9:10 pm Reply
  • Yani @ Paper Boulevard

    Uh, I don’t like much numbers in books, too. Unless if its a textbook. But numbers in novels? It’s like I’m reading history books (sort of boring) with lots of dates that is needed to memorize.

    July 30, 2016 at 3:21 am Reply

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