Monday, 13 March 2017

The Square Root of Summer review - British Books Challenge

Publisher: Macmillan Children's Books

Author: Harriet Reuter Hapgood

This book deals with subjects of grief and loss in a very sensitive manner but it may be triggering for some people.

Last summer, Gottie's life fell apart. Her beloved grandfather Grey died and Jason, the boy to whom she lost her heart wouldn't even hold her hand at the funeral. This summer, still reeling from twin heartbreaks, Gottie is lost and alone and burying herself in equations. Until, after five years absence, Thomas comes home: former boy next door. Former best friend. Former everything. And as life turns upside down again she starts to experience strange blips in time - back to last summer, back to what she should have seen then . . .
During one long, hazy summer, Gottie navigates grief, world-stopping kisses and rips in the space-time continuum, as she tries to reconcile her first heartbreak with her last. (Publisher's blurb)

The Square Root of Summer has been on my TBR pile for ages so the British Books Challenge was the perfect opportunity to read it. The challenge involves reading at least one British book per month. You can read more about it or sign up here.

This is a fantastic book with a lot of unique qualities. My favourite aspect is that it's about a girl who is a genius at Maths and Science. I wish that wasn't such a rarity in fiction and I hope this book encourages more authors to cover these subjects. 
The book was also based on a very original concept. I love how it was inspired by Harriet Reuter Hapgood's German mathematician grandfather and her obsession with YA romance. I thought that these passions came across in the writing and that the deep issues were complimented well by the romantic story lines.

There was an interesting cast of supporting characters and I particularly liked Gottie's family. The descriptions of their relationship and their grief were dealt with in a very real, sensitive manner. I find this a difficult subject to read about and I thought this book handled it really well.

Another great thing was that Gottie felt like a real teenager. I think some YA books have the message that all romantic encounters are perfect and they don't always deal with the day to day reality of being a teenager. Gottie's relationships felt real and messy, and a standout moment for me was when she unexpectedly had her period. This was a definite theme of my teenage years and I'm so glad this book dealt with this subject so honestly.

This book has wide appeal in terms of the sci-fi and romantic elements and I'm looking forward to more books by Harriet Reuter Hapgood.

If you liked the sound of this, now try The Accident Season by Moira Fowley-Doyle.

1 comment:

  1. I really loved this one! Fab review! Thanks for linking up to the British Books Challenge x