#review The Square root of Summer

Author: Harriet Reuter Hapgood

Publiser: Macmillan’s Childrens Books

Publication date: 5 May 2016

Language: English

Book length: 336 pages

Genre: Fiction

Rating: 4½/5


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

To the day her childhood best friend, Thomas, moved away, leaving her with a scar in 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.

This book is a perfect example of the life of a teenager. One can once again feel all the emotions of a teenage life through Gottie.. we are bound to make mistakes being unaware of the wrongs and rights. We take wrong steps, we mistaken infatuation as love and take bold steps towards the unknown. But how is it love if it’s only you who knows it all? How can it be love if it’s secretive? How can it be love if he himself denies it all? Would you still call it love? Would you still want to cling to him with all your heart? These are the question we ask nowadays whenever it comes to love but were we like this when we were teenagers? Didn’t we move with the flow of emotions? Didn’t we make innumerable mistakes? Didn’t we put all our faith on the wrong person? Gottie did it all.. she did mistakes.. she fell in love with a wrong person.. she went with the flow.. she kept it all secret… she pushed her friends away.. she became so alone that she was left with no identity of herself.. She was all alone till a time came when wormholes started to open in front of her eyes.. where she is pushed to relive those terrible moments .. where she is to realise where it all went wrong.. At some points of the story, I myself relived parts of my life.. I couldn’t help but shed tears while reading through the story… the story is about a girl who is learning how to bloom from a bud.. the story is about reliving the past, about love, betrayal,faith,realisation.. it’s about every TEENAGER! Loved it!!


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