Author: Wendy Brant
Publisher: Kids Can Press
Release Date: 04/04/2017
“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,”
Zenn Diagram follows the story of a mathematically gifted, teenager called Eva who is unable to touch people or certain objects without seeing “fractals”, colours and feelings that she gets that help her to understand people and their past. Being honest with you, my love of maths was immediately caught my attention and drew me towards this book. Between my love for reading and maths, I could not wait to read this.
For the majority of the first part of the book was something that I really enjoyed. I loved being able to get to know a bit more about Eva and her family. Wendy Brant gave an insight into Eva’s life which really helped me when I was reading the rest of the book. Given that it was written in first person, there were times in the book where everything just seemed a little too stereotypical teenager for me, especially given how intelligent Eva was meant to be.
I feel like there was something missing when I was reading this and definitely once I had finished it but I think that was because I was expecting a lot more from it than what I got. The last part of the book, I feel like there was a massively drastic change in Eva that I wasn’t expecting but it wasn’t something that I thought was a good change either.
There was a lot of potential for this book; whilst having it as a romance story, there was a lot more movement that could have been made. I think it would have given both Eva and Zenn a lot more depth. Their back stories were quite interesting, if not predictable at times, so I would have hoped for there to be a little more attention on that.
Overall, this wasn’t a bad book, especially if you’re just looking for slightly light read. I did have a few problems with it but it was still quite enjoyable.
Rating: Three Stars
I was given this ARC copy from Kids Can Press via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.