- Taschenbuch: 336 Seiten
- Verlag: Macmillan Children's Books; Auflage: Main Market Ed (5. Mai 2016)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 1509808280
- ISBN-13: 978-1509808281
- Vom Hersteller empfohlenes Alter: 12 - 15 Jahre
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 13 x 2,3 x 19,8 cm
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- Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 243.174 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)
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The must-read of the summer... a new twist on coming-of-age, told with vibrance, intelligence, and beauty (BuzzFeed)
a buzzy debut (Marie Claire)
Love, loss and heartbreak told in a wholly authentic teenage voice (The Bookseller)
The Square Root of Summer is a completely unique and beautiful look at all the different ways our hearts can break. Brilliantly told and full of sweeping prose, swoon-worthy romance and just a touch of physics, this is a book for anyone who has loved and lost a family member, friend or romantic partner. (BookTrust)
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The jumping backward and forward in time was mostly believable, if not always clear. The careless, hippyish lifestyle of Ned and Margot/Gottie felt natural.
The plot was unsual and unique.
CONS: Setting. The story is supposed to take place in England, but the setting felt very much like California–or some other place in the U.S. The rhythms of the language and description of the village didn’t seem at all English. For comparison read Nick Hornby who uses words such as: “blokes” and “mum (for mother).” When people argue, they have a “row.”Hornby’s books feel authentic, this one–not so much.
Physics: Margot’s advanced understanding of physics wasn’t convincing. She gives facile explanations of concepts she’s supposed to understand, but doesn’t. She is only a teen, so I cut her some slack on this point–but some kind of genius? No.
At times I had to strain to figure outwhat was happening in the story, but usually adequate clues were given. I’m neutral about the German terms used throughout. They didn’t bother me, but didn’t add much either.
Also, the humor wasn’t very effective. The witticisms fell flat.
Somehow, though, she still finds herself losing hours, and conversations. Margo is a smart girl, off the charts smart, so when she begins to notice experiencing "wormholes," "screen wipes," and "reboots," in her daily life she takes her math and science and attempts to solve for x, so to speak. Using her grandfather's diaries, and her own scientific notation, Margo spends the summer skipping through timelines and realities in some pretty charming, if sometimes confusing, examples of magical realism. Thrown into the mix this summer is the reappearance of her childhood best friend, Thomas, with whom she rebuilds a somewhat complicated relationship.
As someone who recently lost a loved one, I could feel Margo's grief, and understand it well. Part of what makes her, as a character, relatable, and likeable, even when you can see her alienating herself from her life, is the knowledge that losing her grandfather has clearly broken something integral to her person. In terms of relating grief, this book is spot on. Other aspects of Margo's life, like her dealing with her breakup with her first love (who also happens to be her brother's best friend and band mate,) her unraveling friendship with her girlfriend, Sofia, and her encouraging Physics teacher are also pretty relatable to anyone who's ever had her heart broken.
Harriet Reuter Hapgood does a wonderful job of creating a complex, smart, and quirky main character, as well as a strong supporting cast. Little details like Margo, Ned (her brother) and her father's German speaking throughout the story add depth to the family without feeling forced. The specter of her deceased mother haunts her just enough to be understandable without being overkill, and her path back to a relationship with Thomas is endearing without being sappy. My challenge with this novel was that sometimes the timelines, and jumping around, and math science deal was a bit confusing to me. I couldn't tell what was actually real and what was maybe a grief induced fugue state? Even by the end of the novel, which felt resolved well enough, I wasn't 100% sure exactly what had happened. I'm ok with that though, because the overall enjoyment of the story made this worth the read.