Title: Zenn Diagram
Author: Wendy Brant
Date of Publication: April 4th, 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.
I was first interested in this book when I saw someone’s review that said that this is somewhat like a contemporary version of Shatter Me, which had me interested. It is totally not, though. First off, in Shatter Me the MC’s touch pretty much hurt the person. In this book when Eva touches anyone or even an object that belongs to someone, she can read other’s emotions. So, it was still great!
Eva was an awesome character. Her sarcasm was on point! I loved the nerdy side of this book. There were a lot of cute and funny moments, and the scenes with Eva’s quad siblings were great! Quadruplets would be insane!!!! Eva uses math as sort of an escape for her from the fact that she can’t really touch anyone.
Eva meets a boy named Zenn that she begins to tutor, and she starts to like him. The romance was cute and took form naturally, instead of the whole insta romance vibe that I am tired of seeing. Zenn has had a hard life, and school hasn’t always been able to come first for him, especially with him having to work multiple jobs. Did I mention that I loved Zenn?
One of my favorite notes from the book: “He takes a tentative sip from his cup. Straight black coffee, no cream, no sugar, no chocolate syrup. What a badass.”
When things start to unravel and unfold, things got a little more intense, but it didn’t take away from how cute the story is. This was a quick read, and I thought the light paranormal touch was awesome!
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