Friday, May 06, 2016

Review: The Square Root of Summer*


There you have it, my review. 

I'm joking of course, but it needed to be said. On Tuesday I received a lovely parcel from the kind people at My Kinda Book for the launch of The Square Root of Summer by Harriet Reuter Hapgood yesterday (5th May) which included a copy of the book and some other bits too. 

At first glance, I knew that this book would have been the kind of thing I'd pick up in my teens, and I knew that I was going to enjoy it. The story is about 17 year old Gottie who starts losing time. She's hurtled through wormholes to moments in her past and starts experiences strange blips.

This is what it means to love someone.
This is what it means to greive someone.
It's a little bit like a black hole.
It's a little bit like infinity.

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 on 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. 

I'm not sure what it was about it, but I connected so much with this book. I think it just reminded me of being 17 and being in love, and I also really connected with her grieving over her grandfathers death, with me having lost mine fairly recently. 

The storyline itself was also that little bit magical, but in an extremely realistic way. It was believable, it was relatable and it was just beautifully written. I also developed a little crush on Thomas, who was such a loveable character.

This Is Who I Am

In the book, Gottie and Thomas find a time capsule, so as part of the launch, My Kinda Book asked me to get involved and think about five things that represent me right now to put in my own time capsule.

Peter Pan Mickey - I've been a Disney fan forever, and it's something that makes me ridiculously happy. My favourite character is Peter Pan, and I picked up my Peter Mickey plush in Disneyland Paris in December, which was a wonderful trip.

Me Before You by Jojo Moyes - This is DEFINITELY my all time favourite book, and I am just about to re-read it before seeing the movie. It holds a dear place in my heart, and definitely is part of who I am right now.

Sephora Cream Lip Stain in Always Red - I have about 20 different red lipsticks, but this is certainly my favourite. I love a bright/dark lip, and red is such a classic for me. I could wear red lipstick everyday, and it's definitely something that represents me.

My camera and memory card - Photos from my blog, photos from Disneyland Paris, photos from Canada/America. The last year of my life is on this memory card, and as someone that loves taking pictures it's very important to me.

Tangled DVD - As well as my Peter Mickey, I thought I'd also put my favourite Disney movie in too, which is Tangled. I love this movie, especially the music in it.

They're the 5 items that I'd put in a time capsule to represent me at the moment. What would you put in yours? Let me know on twitter using #ThisIsWhoIAm

Sophie x

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