Eva Walker is a seventeen-year-old math genius. And if that doesn't do wonders for her popularity, there's another thing that makes it even worse: when she touches another person or anything that belongs to them from clothes to textbooks to cell phones she sees a vision of their emotions. She can read a person's fears and anxieties, their secrets and loves ... and what they have yet to learn about calculus. This is helpful for her work as a math tutor, but it means she can never get close to people. Eva avoids touching anyone and everyone. People think it's because she's a clean freak with the emphasis on freak but it's all she can do to protect herself from other people's issues. Then one day a new student walks into Eva's life. His jacket gives off so much emotional trauma that she falls to the floor. Eva is instantly drawn to Zenn, a handsome and soulful artist who also has a troubled home life, and her feelings only grow when she realizes that she can touch Zenn's skin without having visions. But when she discovers the history that links them, the truth threatens to tear the two apart. Zenn Diagram, Wendy Brant's sparkling debut novel, offers an irresistible combination of math and romance, with just a hint of the paranormal. Readers will swoon over Zenn and connect instantly with Eva, the most fully drawn prodigy in teen fiction today.
|Publisher:||Kids Can Press, Limited|
|Product dimensions:||5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.00(d)|
|Age Range:||14 - 18 Years|
About the Author
At age ten, Wendy Brant wrote her first book, My Mysterious Double, the story of a girl and an imposter pretending to be her. Years later, after graduating with a degree in journalism from Northwestern University and completing the Publishing Institute at the University of Denver, Wendy wrote adult fiction (albeit unpublished) while working as an HR manager and being a mom. But when she started reading the same YA books as her kids, her attention and passion shifted. Now she likes to write about isolated teenagers who somehow find a way to connect with others, and she's also a sucker for a little romance.Wendy lives in the Chicago area in the best neighborhood in America (as crowned by Good Morning America in 2010) with her husband, teenage daughter and son, and guinea pigs Mac and Tosh.
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THIS BOOK IS BEAUTIFUL I RECOMMEND IT TO EVERYONE
I absolutely love this book and the writing was a big factor in that because everything just flowed really well and it kept me hooked from the very beginning. The writing and pacing was all very natural and the speech and actions of the characters all real for teenagers dealing with these types of issues. I also liked that even though this has a paranormal element — Eva’s ability — it feels very settled in the contemporary genre. Wendy Brant does an great job of making the more fantastical elements just fit with the story and making it seem like this is something that could actually be happening in the real world. Eva and Zenn were the driving force behind why I loved this book so much. They were both such amazing characters individually and together. Eva has this ability that has so strongly affected her life and made connecting with other people so hard. But Eva rarely wallows in self-pity and instead she finds ways to make her abilities work for her by tutoring other kids in math. She has a life plan to go to college and study her abilities and try to find a cure. She’s a very dedicated and mature young woman and I really enjoyed her as a narrator. Zenn is the perfect young adult hero because though he’s had a rough upbringing he’s still responsible and kind. He might seem like a bad boy at first but really he’s just very self-contained and dedicated to his work outside of school. I loved how mature Zenn was considering he’s working several jobs, paying rent, and caring for his mother. A teenager doesn’t do all of that “adult” work and then just act like an immature child in the rest of his life. These characters were just so real and I credit that completely to Brant’s writing. Their romance is pretty rooted in young love and the need to always be around each other and constantly be thinking about each other but it was thankfully missing the overly sappy element that sometimes shows up in YA. I can actually believe that these 2 could make it in the real world as a couple. One thing I love is that Brant gives us a real explanation for why these two fit together so well and why they can be together despite Eva’s ability. It’s hard to explain this without giving away some big spoilers so just trust me when I say that this isn’t the stereotypical YA relationship where a character is “special” and therefore “the one”. Instead, Brant has given us a real, and unique, reason behind Eva and Zenn’s connection.
About: Zenn Diagram is a young adult fiction novel written by Wendy Brant. It was published on 4/4/17 by Kids Can Press, 328 pages. The genres are young adult, romance, contemporary, and paranormal. This book is intended for readers ages 14 to 18, grades 9 to 12. My Experience: I started reading Zenn Diagram on 4/28/17 and finished it on 5/6/17. This book is truly an excellent read! If time were not limited, I would have devour this book in one day! I love how the story comes together so perfectly. I love the humor and the cuteness of first love. I love characters with a talent and I love how humble they are with it. The surprise twist was most unexpected and I completely adored it! In this book, readers will follow the point of view of Eva, a math genius with a quirk. She avoids touching people and things and that means no handshakes, hugs, and keeping her hands to herself. The quirk is to conceal her ability to see into people's deepest and darkest secrets by a touch of her hands. It's a bit complicated. She's very good at math and therefore, does math tutoring after school. From there, she met Zenn, a mysterious good looking guy with beautiful eyelashes and weather hands. Eva has distance herself from boys all through seventeen years of her life, but Zenn caught her attention and somehow makes her think the bubbles of loneliness she created for herself is not so ideal after all. The math talks and the paranormal of fractal visions are an interesting addition to the story. I enjoyed the supporting characters with her best friend Charlotte and her quadruplets siblings. I really like Zenn and his story. I love the introduction to diversity in this book and that Zenn is a quarter Vietnamese. It's cool that this story locates in Wisconsin because I used to live there. Most of all, I love how the characters has talents but are not show offs. I love Zenn's strong beliefs in not wanting to accept free hand outs and works hard to survive on his own. I totally love it that despite struggles and selfless acts, good deeds comes in tenfold. This book is a fantastic read and I highly recommend it to each and everyone! Pro: surprise twist, innocent first love, friendship, family, education, romance, talents, diversity, epilogue Con: none I rate it 5 stars! ***Many thanks to Kids Can Press for the opportunity to read and review. Please assured that my opinions are honest. xoxo, Jasmine at howusefulitis dot wordpress dot com
I loved the premise of this book and the cover, so I was pretty excited to start it. I love love love Eva and Zenn. They're both in impossible situations and genuinely nice people that it was easy to root for them right from the first page. Eva is a legit math genius and snarky af. Zenn is an artist and shy and the sparks between them are perfection. Of course there are some angsty times and miscommunication, but it wasn't as bad as I was expecting. Somehow, I enjoyed the struggle, which is rare for me. And coupled with Eva's supportive parents and adorable siblings, I was in love. Overall, it was an engrossing read that I know I'll be rereading. **Huge thanks to KCP Loft and Edelweiss for providing the arc free of charge**