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review 2017-02-24 09:39
Sintflut der Gefühle
Ein bisschen wie Unendlichkeit - Harriet Reuter Hapgood,Susanne Hornfeck

Inhalt:

 

»So ist es, wenn man jemanden liebt. So ist es, wenn man um jemanden trauert. Ein bisschen wie Unendlichkeit.« Klapptextschnippzel @Fischer KJB

 

Gottie lebt so in ihrer ganz eigenen Welt. Während alle um sie herum in den Ferien von einer Party in die Nächste hechten, den Tag am Strand verbringen oder andere Dinge erleben, hegt sie nur den Wunsch unter dem Apfelbaum zu liegen, in die Sterne zu schauen und über das Universum zu philosophieren. Sie kennt jede Gleichung & jede Theorie zu Raum und Zeit und kann dies super auf dem Gedächtnis heraus mit einer Formel erklären. Doch das Genie sein hat einen Haken. Denn wenn sich in der Physik alles per Formel erklären lässt, so lässt sich dies nicht auf den Alltag anwenden.

 

So versteht sie nicht, wieso ihr Sandkastenfreund Thomas so plötzlich verschwand und nun wieder an ihre Türe klopft. Warum niemand sieht wie sehr sie mit dem Verlust ihres Großvaters zu kämpfen hat. Und vor allem nicht, warum sich ihre Leben urplötzlich in Flashbacks abspielt und sie bisher erlebte Szenen wieder durchlebt!

 

Jess ist hin und her gerissen, denn wenn sie nicht gerade dabei ist den Verstand zu verlieren, so reist sie tatsächlich in die Zukunft zurück! Doch warum und wie kann sie diesen Geschehnissen entkommen?

 

Meinung

 

Ich habe mich unheimlich auf dieses herzzerreißende Debüt von Harriet Reuter Hapgood gefreut, die mich schon allein mit ihrem unglaublich faszinierenden Klapptext, aber auch mit der Covergestaltung zu ihrem Werk, vollkommen umgehauen hat.  -Nun ja, aber manchmal reicht dies nicht aus!

 

Ich habe unglaublich lange gebraucht, bis ich endlich halbwegs in der Handlung angekommen war. Zu verwirrend schienen mir die Zeitachsen ineinander überzulaufen und es war für mich nicht wirklich ersichtlich oder auch spürbar, warum was weshalb ausgerechnet jetzt geschieht. Leider ließ mich dieses verwirrende Gefühl nicht los und klärte sich mit den letzten 3-4 Kapitel allmählich auf. Für meine Verhältnisse leider etwas zu spät, denn die Momente in denen ich verzweifelt nach Erklärung lechzte und auf den erlösenden AHA-Effekt lauerte, blieben während dessen vollkommen aus.

 

Vielleicht stand ich einfach auf dem Schlauch und dadurch wollte die Harmonie, die bewegenden Gefühle, die ergreifenden Momente oder gar die Erklärungsversuche einfach nicht auf mich überschwappen, so dass ich einfach nur schier blind durch die Handlung stolperte. So kommt es, dass mich der Inhalt zwar unterhalten hat, aber ich wie ein verirrtes Etwas durch die Seiten huschte.

 

Die „Liebesgeschichte“ dahinter hat mich sehr gerührt, auch der Kampf aus der lähmenden Trauer zu entfliehen und nochmals zu sich selbst zurück zu finden, fand ich spannend und hat mich sehr berührt.

 

Gottie ist eine unheimlich sympathische und auch charakterstarke Hauptprotagonistin, der ich gerne gelauscht habe und auch gemeinsam mit ihr zurück ins Leben gekämpft habe. Ich konnte mich total auf sie einlassen, mit ihr fühlen, verzweifeln und vieles mehr. Es war echt toll an ihrer Seite, wenn da nicht die Flashbacks gewesen wären, die mich verzweifeln liesen.

 

Der Schreibstil ist toll. Locker, sehr angenehm, ruhig und bewegend geleitet er den Leser durch die Seiten und hat zu dem eine tolle bildliche Komponente, die dem Leser ermöglicht in die Welt von Gottie einzudringen. Doch leider reichte dies nicht aus um mir die Handlung selbst näher zu bringen und mir dabei half, hinter die Kulissen zu blicken.

 

 

Fazit:

 

Unterhaltung ist bei dem Debüt von Harriet Reuter Hapgood in vielerlei Hinsicht geboten und die Charaktere greifbar bzw. authentisch geschildert. Leider lenkte es nicht von den Ungereimtheiten ab, die die Flashbacks nicht nur bei Gottie, sondern auch bei mir auslösten, so dass ich nicht wirklich hinter die Botschaft der Handlung vordringen konnte. Schade, denn dieses Buch hat auf jeden Fall potential um den Leser mit viel Gefühl umzuhauen, nur bei mir hat es nicht 100% geklappt.

Source: www.fischerverlage.de/buch/ein_bisschen_wie_unendlichkeit/9783737340335
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review 2016-10-31 00:00
The Square Root of Summer
The Square Root of Summer - Harriet Reuter Hapgood The Good: It was short, it had illustrations that cut down on the amount I had to read, it did not take place in a dystopian universe.

The Okay: Just about everything else. There was definitely good bones to the story, but the final execution was definitely a miss for me.

Told in the first person, 17 year old Gottie H. Oppenheimer is dealing with the end of the school year and the start of summer. It's been a rough year since her grandfather Grey has passed leaving her alone in her home with her widowed father and their cat. Gottie's older brother Ned has been off at school and when he returns things get shaken up in Gottie's world now that her ex secret boyfriend is back in the mix, and her childhood best friend is now coming back to stay with the family for the summer.

Man, Gottie is so trying. I get that grief is an all encompassing thing. Heck, I lost my father right before I turned 21 and I felt like I was under water for two years afterwards. But I didn't act like I was the only one in pain and or act oblivious to my mother, brothers or sister's grief. Of course people react differently to the same event. But I thought it was a bit much that Gottie obviously didn't get that her father and brother lost Grey and that her father and grandfather also lost her mother. Gottie hits that realization later in the book, but I was all really girl, really when she has those revelations.

I also don't think it helped that Gottie was so focused on Jason (secret boyfriend) for most of the book. And then all of a sudden she wasn't. The entire premise of this book is that Gottie keeps getting thrown back in time to relieve the painful parts of the past year in her life. Jason is a common thread in all of the past events she relieves. Frankly that should have been a big clue to her and the fact that he wanted to keep things secret, he was not the big love of her life. Psst girls, anytime a guy is all let's keep our relationship on the down low, run the other way.

Watching Gottie treat Thomas like an enemy when he first appears while she moons over Jason was a good portion of the book, so enjoy that.

I think the big thing is though that Gottie not only was grieving for her grandfather, she was grieving for the end of her first love. And she was grieving over the end of her first love because she still thought maybe he did love her, and maybe she could have done something differently, etc. I think her pushing away everyone around her was definitely a sign something was up, but I think her father not pushing her one way or the other was weird. I also didn't dig Gottie's other friend who I think is mad that Gottie isn't acting the same way she previously had, so goes off and gets herself another new best friend. Seriously, this whole book was people acting terrible or terribly to each other and no one really discussing it til the end, and then glossing over it.

The only other person that gets developed in this book at all though is Thomas. His character comes shining through and I can see why he and Gottie were best friends and end up rekindling their friendship after a while. But even Thomas has his issues.

Since most of this book deals with Grey I wish that we had more of a understanding of the guy. He seemed like an aging hippie that talked a lot of nonsense. I didn't get the why behind him being special at all. I think if we had more to go than bits and pieces from Gottie's memory and Grey's diary then it would have worked more. Everyone says that Grey was really Gottie and Ned's father since he was the one who took care of them, but I didn't get that at all. And everyone kind of acting like their dad was just there was super odd. I don't know. This whole family and the friends too could be described as quirky which means they are all manic pixie girls/boys/men and I would have run screaming from the room ten minutes after meeting them.

The writing was so-so. I did not get the physics or math parts of this book at all. And the illustrations were cute and diverting. But still, no dice. I have no idea what any of this even meant, and I can see why a lot of people ended up DNFing this book because the physics aspects actually ruins the book. You don't have to make up a mathematical reason why time travel happens. Trying to use math to explain everything happening to Gottie stopped the book each and every time. Probably because none of it made sense and the paradox aspect was a hilarious hand wavey thing that did crack me up.

The chapters counting down to something (you will find out soon enough) got on my nerves too. Don't do things in freaking minutes please, I was sitting there converting things to hours, minutes, and seconds and just stopped after the first few chapters.

The flow as I already said never gets into a groove at all. Things pick up towards the end and then we still have another hump to get past while time fixes itself. I may have been super bah humbug by the time I got to the end of this book.

The setting of this book takes place in England. It took me a while to even figure that out. Or why Gottie speaks German. This book was short on details that I think were pertinent to the plot. I don't know if this was done purposely by the author to show how mixed up Gottie was or what, but it was real annoying trying to follow a time line and get to everyone's backstory in a coherent way.

The ending happens and we even get a hint (before the ending) of what Gottie's future will bring though based on what is happening to her should not have been shown, but whatever, hand wave paradoxes and time travel.
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text 2016-08-22 14:01
Reading progress update: I've read 316 out of 322 pages.
The Square Root of Summer - Harriet Reuter Hapgood

'This time, when we kiss, the world doesn't end. The universe doesn't stop. Stars don't fall from the sky. It's an ordinary kiss. The kind where you can hear both your hearts beat. The kind that's about discovering each other again, mouths and hands and laughter... The kind that leaves you both breathless, and covered in grass, saying goodbye, and making promises.

 

The kind that stops time, in its own way.'

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review 2016-07-19 11:24
Review: The Square Root of Summer
The Square Root of Summer - Harriet Reuter Hapgood

I received a copy from Netgalley.

 

This is one the rare occasions where the book has left me utterly baffled. I didn't have a clue what was going on, hardly through any of it. And the weird thing? I still completely loved it. It’s a UKYA book about a girl who’s obsessed with complex math, space time continuum and theory along those lines.

 

Gottie’s summer is looking pretty dull. The previous summer her beloved grandfather died, she’s not seeing eye to eye with her BFF at the moment, she had a hot and heavy yet secret affair with her brothers band made which ended badly. Her sweet but absend minded father is drifting away more and more. Her older brother Ned is a bit of a dick. Gottie isn’t really coping well. To make things worse the boy next door Thomas, who she was friends with for years and years until he mysteriously moved to Canada is apparently coming back to stay with Gottie and her family for the summer. So she’s a bit all over the place. She desperately misses her grandfather, she has confused feelings for Thomas’s reappearance and is miserable over the relationship that failed with Jason last summer. She wants the feelings back.

 

At the same time, she’s working on some complex mathematics for a school project. A lot to do with space time continuum. When finally steeling herself to look at her grandfather’s things she finds his old diaries and starts reading them. As the summer progresses, weird things start happening with time. She finds herself getting split screens, do overs, visiting time periods that have already happened, and other weird things. That’s about the gist of the plot from what I could gather. There was a lot of complex mathematical equations and lot of drawings and diagrams to go with them throughout the novel.

 

Despite the fact that the math made no sense whatsoever to me, nor the scienecy stuff, I still really enjoyed the book. I even bought a finished paperback so I could get a clearer picture of the math diagrams. Plus, a Back to the Future reference so bonus points there!

 

I loved Gottie as a character. There was something very relatable to her tone, and how she got completely absorbed in the math bit. I also loved her interaction with all the other characters as she tried to deal with feelings lingering for Jason, working things out with her best friend Sophia when she knew things were changing, even her brother Ned, who could be a moron, but in a humours way but not without his deeper moments. The best bit about this book was the relationship between Gottie and Thomas, how they managed to deal with each other and new feelings.

 

All while time was going weird and only Gottie seemed to get it.

 

So weird, timey-whimey awesomeness (sorry, I had to get that quote in there somewhere) a lot of fun and great emotional moments.

 

Thank you to Netgalley and Pan Macmillan for approving my request to view the title.

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review 2016-06-28 00:00
The Square Root of Summer
The Square Root of Summer - Harriet Reuter Hapgood I wanted to read this book because it had "square root" in the title. I'm glad it did, because I actually kind of liked this book. It was kind of cute, and interested, weird, but overall a good read.
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