Title: The Square Root of Summer
Author: Harriet Reuter Hapgood
Published by: Macmillan Children's Books
Publication date: 5th May 2016
Genres: YA Romance/Contemporary/Time travel
Source: Review copy from the publisher.
As I said to Harriet at the MyKindaBook event in December last year, this is one of those books where you can be doing the coolest thing in the world and yet all you want to do is snuggle up in bed and carry on reading. Not only does The Square Root of Summer have an awesome title - it also hooks you in right from the beginning. Even if it is full of physics and equations that bend your brain until it resembles a pretzel.
So, it goes without saying that this book is tremendously clever. Wormholes, spacetime, theories, screenwipes... boys, beaches, parties, music... it's all so brilliantly intertwined. I have no idea how the writer kept up with everything! The ending was such a clever way to wrap it all up and I wish I could come up with ideas as amazing and complex as that. This isn't your average YA novel, that's for sure.
I also loved that The Square Root of Summer is set on the Norfolk coast, because I've lived here all my life and it's not often our county ends up in a book. It felt familiar - the sand dunes, the quick turnaround from drizzle to scorching sun, the lack of transport meaning you have to get creative if you want to go anywhere. It captured all of it perfectly.
And Thomas! I know some of you have actual lists of book boyfriends. You can add Thomas. #TeamThomas.
I found some of it a little confusing, admittedly, but that doesn't surprise me as Physics was always my absolute worst subject. Other than that, The Square Root of Summer is such a lovely, summery read about loss, love and everything inbetween - with a difference. Perfect for fans of Maggie Harcourt and Huntley Fitzpatrick.