Harriet Reuter Hapgood is a freelance journalist who has worked with Marie Claire, ELLE, and InStyle in the U.K. THE SQUARE ROOT OF SUMMER was inspired by her German mathematician grandfather and her lifelong obsession with YA romance. She majored in Romantic Comedies at Newcastle University, and wrote her MA dissertation on teen television, particularly Dawson’s Creek. She lives in Nottingham.
Harriet’s debut, THE SQUARE ROOT OF SUMMER (Macmillan/Roaring Brook Press, May 2016) is a contemporary Young Adult novel. Seventeen-year-old physics prodigy Gottie H. Oppenheimer navigates a summer of grief, world-stopping kisses, and rips in the space-time continuum, as she tries to reconcile her first heartbreak with her last.
- Favorite book growing up: I CAPTURE THE CASTLE, always and forever
- Childhood aspiration: Sweet shop owner
- Favorite time of day/place to write: Harriet avoids writing all day by snacking, procrastinating, and trying to find somewhere comfortable to sit, but early afternoons and in bed seem to work.
- Book currently reading/most recently read: THE BIG LIE by Julie Mayhew
- Favorite things to do (other than reading): Swimming and big stompy walks in the wind and rain.
- Favorite sports teams: ARSENAL! ARSENAL!
- Surprising personal fact: Harriet once changed her name by deed poll, and has since changed it back, so her name is both her real, given name…but also brand-new.
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