Zenn Diagram


Rating: 3 Crickets

Title: Zenn Diagram
Author: Wendy Brant
Illustrator: jacket design by Kate Hargreaves (CorusKate Design)
Publisher: Kids Can Press
Published: April 4, 2017

‘The more I touch someone, the more I can see and understand, and the more I think I can help. But that’s my mistake. I can’t help. You can’t fix people like you can solve a math problem.’


Eva Walker has literally one friend – if you don’t count her quadruplet three-year-old siblings – and it’s not even because she’s a maths nerd. No, Eva is a loner out of necessity, because everyone and everything around her is an emotional minefield. All she has to do is touch someone, or their shirt, or their cell phones, and she can read all their secrets, their insecurities, their fears.

Sure, Eva’s “gift” comes in handy when she’s tutoring math and she can learn where people are struggling just by touching their calculators. For the most part, though, it’s safer to keep her hands to herself. Until she meets six-foot-three, cute-without-trying Zenn Bennett, who makes that nearly impossible.

Zenn’s jacket hives Eva such a dark and violent vision that you’d think not touching him would be easy. But sometimes you have to take a risk…

After returning a book to the library I promised myself I wouldn’t get anymore out until I had made some work of my ever growing TBR pile at home. However, within only a few seconds I had three books in my hand and was still looking for more. Zenn Diagram was the first book I picked up that day, with it’s nice cover and quirky name.

I loved the concept of this book – having a math nerd with a sense of humour as the main character, who had some strange ability to sense things via touch. I’ve read a few books with the whole “nerdy girl” main character type thing, but Eva was unique and quite an interesting character. It was fun to see a character who had a passion for maths but also wasn’t a complete stereotypical character. Eva’s devotion to her family, especially her 4 younger siblings was great to see. Her backstory was also different to one I had seen before, and her view and feelings about what happened to her made her a stronger character, and I loved how she wasn’t all ‘woe is me’.

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