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Harriet Reuter Hapgood is a freelance journalist who has worked with Marie Claire, ELLE and InStyle in the UK. The Square Root of Summer was inspired by her German mathematician grandfather and her lifelong obsession with YA romance, which includes an MA thesis on Dawson's Creek from London College of Fashion and a dissertation on romantic comedies at Newcastle University. She lives in Brighton.
Seventeen-year-old physics prodigy Gottie has experienced much loss in her short life. One summer on from losing her grandfather and being rejected by her first love, Gottie finds herself free-falling, like Alice down the rabbit hole, but through time, back to when these experiences happened. These time-slips intensify when Gottie’s childhood friend returns after being away for five years, and so she works on the “The Gottie H. Oppenheimer Principle” to try to figure out what’s happening to her. This bold, soulful debut about loss, the black hole of grief, friendship - and physics - sparkles with wit, warmth and sentences to be savoured. Gottie is an utterly unique character whose journey (and quirks) will lift the heart.
How to be Luminous is a heart-wrenching story about the aftermath of tragedy and the power of self-belief and love. Harriet Reuter Hapgood's beautiful writing radiates with colour. When seventeen-year-old Minnie Sloe's mother disappears, so does her ability to see colour. How can young artist Minnie create when all she sees is black-and-white? Will her mysterious ailment - and grief - stop her from following in her mother's footsteps and becoming a famous artist? Middle child Minnie and her two sisters have always been able to get through anything together - growing up without fathers, living the eccentric artist lifestyle, and riding out their mother's mental highs and lows. But losing their mother irrevocably breaks them, and Minnie wonders if she could lose everything: her family, her future, her first love . . . and maybe even her mind.
My heart is a kaleidoscope, and when we kiss it makes my world unravel . . . Last summer, Gottie's life fell apart. Her beloved grandfather Grey died and Jason, the boy to whom she lost her heart wouldn't even hold her hand at the funeral. This summer, still reeling from twin heartbreaks, Gottie is lost and alone and burying herself in equations. Until, after five years absence, Thomas comes home: former boy next door. Former best friend. Former everything. And as life turns upside down again she starts to experience strange blips in time - back to last summer, back to what she should have seen then . . . During one long, hazy summer, Gottie navigates grief, world-stopping kisses and rips in the space-time continuum, as she tries to reconcile her first heartbreak with her last. The Square Root of Summer is an astounding and moving debut from Harriet Reuter Hapgood.
"e;So ist es, wenn man jemanden liebt.So ist es, wenn man um jemanden trauert.Ein bisschen wie Unendlichkeit."e;Als die Ferien anfangen, mochte Gottie eigentlich nur unter dem Apfelbaum liegen, in die Sterne schauen und uber das Universum nachdenken. Sie kennt jede Theorie zu Raum und Zeit und kann alles mit einer Formel erklaren. Auer, warum ihr bester Freund Thomas, der vor einigen Jahren weg-gezogen war, plotzlich wieder auftaucht. Warum niemand ihre Verzweiflung uber den Tod ihres Grovaters Grey versteht. Und warum sie in Flashbacks ganze Szenen ihres Lebens erneut durchlebt. Verliert sie den Verstand oder wird sie wirklich in die Vergangenheit versetzt? Und wie kann sie in der Gegenwart bleiben - bei Thomas, dessen Kusse ihr Universum verandern?Ein groes, bewegendes Debut uber den Schmerz und die unendliche Schonheit des Lebens
What's better than a Christmas sweater? Taking it off.A saucy Christmas novella to heat up your winter nights!It's the end of a disastrous first term at Cambridge University for shy, incurable romantic 19-year-old Candy, and the ache of missing her ex-boyfriend has her acting out of character - arguing with fellow student Griffin, giving sexy Scottish Jamie her number.Then there's this Film Studies essay... Desperate to do well, she seeks an online lesson in "e;being cynical"e; from the mysterious @GoldenEagle. A weekend of anti-Christmas party mix-ups, Festive Film Fest misunderstandings, and sexy make-out sessions ensues. Until Candy realises Jamie and @GoldenEagle aren't the same guy - and she has to choose who she really loves and who she really is.LAST CHRISTMAS is part of Hot Key Books' exclusive new novella list, and one of a series of five available this Christmas. Unlock your naughty side!