|The Square Root of Summer|
by Harriet Reuter Hapgood
pub 5/3/16 by Roaring Brook Press
YA - Contemporary/Sci-fi
Received ARC from pub
In the present, Gottie is dealing with a lot. There’s the death of her grandfather Grey which is still affecting her. Her ex-love Jason is back in the picture but not in the way he used to be. Her childhood best friend Thomas has returned after years of no communication. And she’s learning to cope alongside her brother and father, who both want the best for her, even when she fights it. But everything going on, only serves as a reminder of the past. To the moment Grey died. To the stolen moments with Jason last summer. To childhood memories with Thomas. Soon the present and past are interweaving and Gottie doesn’t know if she’s actually traveling through time or losing her mind.
It’s a very unconventional way to tell this story of grief but it worked for me. Every new moment we saw, whether it was in the past or present, unveiled another part of Gottie that we needed to understand. She’s this deeply loving person and I related to the grief she felt over everything. And I think that’s why the science of it all didn’t make a difference to me because the characters and the emotions conveyed were so well done.
Do I recommend?Yes! I’ve seen this book described as The Time Traveler’s Wife meets YA but I actually disagree. I think The Square Root of Summer stands on its own as something completely different. Definitely worth checking out.
Collaborative feature with Alexa!
If we were to create a time capsule of who we are right now,
what would I put in it?