Pages: Hardcover 295 pages
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance, with twist of Science Fiction
Rating: 4 Stars
Synopsis: 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 Haploid. (Goodreads)
I really enjoyed the book. Interestingly, its shorter than lots of the books I read but it didn’t read super fast to me. I think that’s because of the science parts. I thought they were very interesting but I didn’t always understand how they worked.
The story revolves greatly around the science aspect of black holes, space, time, continuum, etc. The author does a good job trying to describe what she’s talking about and even provides some basic drawings (which totally help). I liked reading a book that made me think a bit.
It became hard keeping track of how it all worked though. With out giving away spoilers, a lot of the ending comes together because of the time continuum and holes and such, so for the ending to make complete sense you need to completely understand how that part of science works. I understood it enough to enjoy the book but the logical side of my brain still doesn’t understand how it makes sense.
That being said, I really enjoyed the story. I enjoyed how it all worked out, and I enjoyed that I had to think about how it all worked out to make sense in my mind. I would definitely recommend this book. Its new, its different, its interesting, and, most importantly, I loved the Love Story.
Will you read this book? Have you read it already? What did you think?