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How to Be Luminous

Harriet Reuter Hapgood


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Harriet Reuter Hapgood's beautiful writing radiates with color in How to be Luminous, a lyrical and engrossing story about the aftermath of tragedy and the power of self-belief and love.

Minnie Sloe and her sisters have weathered it all together—growing up without fathers, living an eccentric lifestyle with a pet rabbit named Salvador Dali, and riding out their famous artist mother’s mental highs and lows.

But then their mother disappears, and Minnie, who was supposed to follow in her footsteps, starts seeing the world in monochrome. Literally. How can she create when all she sees is black-and-white?

As grief threatens to tear the three sisters apart, Minnie fears she could lose everything: her family, her future, her first love . . . and maybe even her mind.

Praise For How to Be Luminous

“A moving tale of grief and self-discovery.” —Kirkus Reviews

“A lovely, sensitive book . . . that will appeal to fans of character-driven novels with attention to descriptive details, such as Nina LaCour’s We Are Okay.” —Booklist

“Lyrical and inventive.” —School Library Journal

“The author paints a beautiful character portrait with her words and brings Minnie’s home of south London to life. A nice addition to fiction collections.” —VOYA Magazine

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“[T]he delectable romance and the moment when past, present and future all come together and semi-solve the mysteries of Gottie’s time travel make the journey worthwhile.” —The New York Times

“Novelist Harriet Reuter Hapgood’s electric YA debut, The Square Root of Summer, reminds us that time is a healer.” —Buzzfeed

“An earnest picture of the way loss ripples through a family and shapes the movements of everyone it touches."NPR

“An exciting, shouldn't-miss debut with a fresh and enthralling time-travel twist." —USA Today, Happily Ever After

The Square Root of Summer proves that time travel and young love go hand in hand." Mashable

“An epic romance with twists that will leave you breathless." —Kami Garcia, #1 New York Times bestselling co-author of Beautiful Creatures and author of The Lovely Reckless

“Sophisticated and believable . . . An emotional roller-coaster ride worth taking."School Library Journal,starred review

“A story of complex grief, love, and growth."Kirkus Reviews

“Reuter Hapgood’s novel will lodge in the hearts of readers."Booklist

“A poignant portrait of a girl struggling with loss and love, this novel is equal parts heart and smarts, with a dash of friends-turned-more sweetness."Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

Roaring Brook Press, 9781626723757, 336pp.

Publication Date: April 30, 2019

About the Author

Harriet Reuter Hapgood is a freelance journalist who has worked with Marie Claire, ELLE, and InStyle in the U.K. Her debut novel, 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, England.