“And as he looks at me, I suddenly get it. This isn’t the Big Bang. It’s just summer. But it’s still love. It’s still something.”


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 Hapgood.

Personal Experiences

I found this book while shelving books in the library. It stood out to me because the title had something to do with math, and I got interested. I don’t know why I read it, but I am certainly happy I did.


“If you turn people away enough times, eventually they stop trying to find you.”

“After nearly a year of mourning, I feel like the Victorians when Edison came along- all those years in the darkness, and then electric light. I’ve got the earth between my toes.”

Want to read The Square Root of Summer?

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*If you are unaware, I have a video on how to use Indie Bound as a resource on how to find books

**Also, if you have a Windows Phone, there is a really good EPUB reader app called Bookviser Reader. You can check out their website here.

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Happy Reading . . .

Cite this article as: Serene Haroon, "The Square Root of Summer by Harriet Reuter Hapgood," in {sereneharoon.com}, February 26, 2017, http://sereneharoon.com/2017/02/the-square-root-of-summer-by-harriet-reuter-hapgood/.

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