“Summer songs” usually mean upbeat jams, created to be blasted at the pool or out the windows of your car on a sunny day. But sometimes your summer isn’t quite the day at the beach you imagined — and for that, you need something a little more… emotional. Fortunately, Harriet Reuter Hapgood, author of the forthcoming YA novel The Square Root of Summer, knows a thing or two about melancholy tunes — and was kind enough to make EW an exclusive playlist in accordance with the themes and characters in her novel.
Without further ado, we’ll let Hapgood take it from here.
“In my time travel YA novel The Square Root of Summer, maths whizz Gottie is looking back on old memories as she grieves for summers past. For her beloved grandfather Grey’s death, for her heartbreak over ex-boyfriend Jason, the possible end of her friendship with Sof, her distant brother Ned and absent father Papa… It’s a seaside summer infused with sunburn and heat, but it’s nostalgic and melancholy at the same time. So instead of some upbeat pop, here’s some abject summer melancholia for the characters to listen to…”