“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.” -The Square Root of Summer
What if there was a way to go back to that summer, that moment, that person? The one who you thought was gone forever? Gottie H. Oppenheimer is heartbroken. Her beloved grandfather has passed away, the boy she loves has moved on, and her best friend now lives across an ocean. The summer is not looking good. Until she begins to lose time, static appears and she falls back into the past. She gets what so many dream of, a chance to relive the moments that make us feel most alive.
But when those trips start making her lose time in the real world, and when her best friend comes back, the past and the present start to collide. A novel of time travel, wormholes, wonderfully esoteric math mixed with romance, first love, and all the summer feels. This young adult book will be loved by teens and adults alike.
Map your own memories!
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Questions for Discussion:
Why do you think wormholes keep appearing for Gottie?
What loss was the most important for Gottie, love, best friend, or family?
Have you ever lose someone? What times do you wish you could go back to?
Who did you want Gottie to date?
How would you decorate your room in the garden?
Would you go back in time to see someone again, even if you knew it might change the future?
Map your memories with your best friend. How hard was it to agree on what was most important?