Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Book Review: The Square Root of Summer

Title The Square Root of Summer
Author Harriet Reuter Hapgood
Release Date May 3, 2016

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.

I feel conflicted about this book.

On one hand, it was interesting. Honestly, it took me a while to really get into the story. It was slow going in the beginning and my confusion didn't help. I was curious to see how the story would play out, though, so I kept reading.

On the other hand, I spent much of the story confused. I get the basics of time traveling, alternate timelines, wormholes, etc. I understand all of that at a minimum level. However, all this book did was confuse me. The science and math of everything muddled everything up and left me with more questions than answers. The timeline jumping was so jumbled that, by the end, I wasn't even trying to keep it straight anymore. I just wanted to finish the book.

The Square Root of Summer was interesting, but there was too much confusion for me to really enjoy the story.


3 out of 5 stars

* This book was received from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. *

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