The Square Root of Summer

The Square Root of Summer – Harriet Reuter Hapgood


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I went in to the bookstore the other day, looking for a new book to read, something that sounded interesting and pulled me in. Because if there is one thing I hate more than damaged books, it is a book that doesn’t interest you, seems boring and you cant bring yourselves to finish them, and if you do you regret it.

I have had my fair share of those books, believe me. I hate doing it though, because I have just gone and spent money on a book that I thought would be good, but it wasn’t.

I’m actually surprised it only took me 2 days to read, but I was addicted to it. I couldn’t put it down; I read it on the bus, in the afternoon and even in the bath!! Which I have never done before and was worried about dropping it in the water. But luckily it survived.

Now the review, (sorry and if you would rather not have a little bit at the start just let me know.

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.

When the fabric of the universe surrounding Gottie’s sleepy seaside town begins to fray, she is hurtled through wormholes into 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 Grey’s funeral.

To the day her childhood best friend, Thomas, moved away, leaving her with a scar on her hand and a gap in her memory.

This summer, although Grey is still gone, Jason and Thomas are back, and Gottie’s past, present, and future are about to collide―and be changed forever.

– Blurb


I actually really liked this book; it incorporates quantum physics, time travel and romance. I haven’t read many books, actually any at all, that can use all 3 things at once and get away with it. But this book did.

Its obvious that the writer is experienced in quantum physics, maybe they studied it in college and then discovered their passion for writing? I don’t know, but Harriet Reuter Hapgood is an amazing writer.

Though there was a few times during the book when I got a little confused. I think it was because I went from the present to the past, and I got a little confused as to what was what, but then again, I am not very good with physics.

This book had a great storyline, I couldn’t put it as it just pulled me in, and the characters may have been a little different from your everyday romance story, but I really liked them. The lives of the characters were really interesting, and there is a big secret that gets revealed close to the end. It shocked me, but it wasn’t anything that would make you cry, like (spoiler alert) when Gus in TFIOS gets re-diagnosed.

I would really recommend this book, as it’s amazing, but it may not be your type of thing. I hope you enjoyed this review, and if there is any books you want me to review, just comment on this post, on Facebook at:

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