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Young Adult

  • The Square Root of Summer, Harriet Reuter Hapgood
    Macmillan Children's/Roaring Brook Press, 9781626723733, May 3, 2016 (Young Adult)

    Gottie, a 17-year-old physics prodigy, has had a double dose of heartbreak. Since then, she’s immersed herself in a world of equations and theories. Harriet Reuter Hapgood addresses grief and the complexity of emotions that come with it in a way that rings true and does not romanticize loss.

    -Drew Sieplinga, Wild Rumpus Books, (Minneapolis, MN)

    I got lost in this book. Struggling with a lack of sleep and a world that no longer makes sense, physics enthusiast Gottie finds wormholes into the past, linking her with the person she used to be in a time when she no longer understands how to be at all. Her grandfather Grey—a Viking hippie who called everyone “dude” and believed in rituals and truly living life—is dead and gone. But others she once knew—her secret ex-boyfriend, Jason; her punk rock sequin-wearing brother, Ned; her band-name enthusiast friend, Sof; and her childhood best friend/other half of the equation, Thomas—are all back but different. Grief, love, black holes... they’re all one and the same in this deeply affecting story about finding your way back to yourself. 

    -Danielle Borsch, Vroman’s Bookstore, Pasadena, CA

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