Zenn Diagram by Wendy BrantZenn Diagram by Wendy Brant

Zenn Diagram

byWendy Brant

Hardcover | April 4, 2017

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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.
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University and completing the Publishing Institute at the University of Denver, Wendy wrote adult fiction (albeit unpublished) while wo...
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Title:Zenn DiagramFormat:HardcoverDimensions:328 pages, 9.25 × 6.5 × 1 inPublished:April 4, 2017Publisher:Kids Can PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1771387920

ISBN - 13:9781771387927

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Fun, interesting, and heartbreaking. All at the same time. Eva is not like any average teenager. Besides the fact that she <i>loves</i> math (something I can personally understand, though at a lower level), every time she touches a person or something belonging to them she can feel their darkest emotions. Eva is an interesting character, definitely difficult to like at times but understandably so. Eva's feelings of being a burden to her best friend and her family are all too real and even though I want to slap her a few times, especially near the end, I also wanted to hug her and be there for her. The plot and Eva's ability were enough to keep me intrigued to the point I was reading every second I could. It helped that it is a fast read. My only complaints are that Eva was a little too much a few times (though like I said before, I totally get it), the decisions both main characters make (if you read it, you must know exactly what I mean), and the ending (which seems oh, so convenient!). Yet, I do recommend this book to anyone interested in reading it, and I will definitely be picking up more books by this author.
Date published: 2017-09-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Fun, interesting, and heartbreaking. All at the same time. Eva is not like any average teenager. Besides the fact that she <i>loves</i> math (something I can personally understand, though at a lower level), every time she touches a person or something belonging to them she can feel their darkest emotions. Eva is an interesting character, definitely difficult to like at times but understandably so. Eva's feelings of being a burden to her best friend and her family are all too real and even though I want to slap her a few times, especially near the end, I also wanted to hug her and be there for her. The plot and Eva's ability were enough to keep me intrigued to the point I was reading every second I could. It helped that it is a fast read. My only complaints are that Eva was a little too much a few times (though like I said before, I totally get it), the decisions both main characters make (if you read it, you must know exactly what I mean), and the ending (which seems oh, so convenient!). Yet, I do recommend this book to anyone interested in reading it, and I will definitely be picking up more books by this author.
Date published: 2017-09-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great book, but a slow start. I was so excited to read this book, because the cover really intrigued me. I started to read it, but decided that it was too boring. So I put it down for a week. After reading a couple other books, I decided to finish this book. I finally got past the boring beginning, and realized that the rest of this book was quite interesting. After reading this book, I would say that the beginning was indeed very dull, but as you get farther into Eva's world you will understand what an amazing book this is!
Date published: 2017-08-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Zenn Diagram I received a free copy of this book from NetGalley. This is my review. I requested a copy of this book because it has been on my radar for a while. The cover is just super gorgeous...and totally relevant to the story! I am not a math person, in high school as soon as I didn't have to take math anymore... I didn't. Eva the main character is a complete and total math nerd! Math gives her black and white answers, where as life can be pretty grey sometimes. I loved the twists and turns this book took. The first half starts out a bit slower because you are being introduced to her surroundings, by the time the first twist hits you're already hooked! I really enjoyed Zenn as a character. I really just over-all loved the journey of Eva and Zenn and their past, present, and future! I will definitely be reading more by this author!
Date published: 2017-07-31
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A coincidence of love After Eva’s accident she is left an orphan with a heavy burden. She cannot touch anyone or their personal items without getting bombarded by private images. In Zenn, she finds a soul mate that is immune to her emotional fractals. However they soon learn there are strange circumstances that unites them. An interesting story about family, forgiveness with a touch of romance, this will be enjoyed by readers ages fourteen and up.
Date published: 2017-07-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Typical Coming of Age Story 3.5 stars... I'm rounding up to four stars as I think there are a lot of people who would really enjoy this book. It's not an amazing book in my opinion, there isn't anything here that hasn't been done before. Essentially girl has issues, boy has issues, girl meets boy, they fall for each other, maybe they can fix each others issues, random twist related to issues, boy and girl learn something about each other and themselves. See how it's pretty much every coming of age story ever? But there are some super cute quadruplets in the story that are only three years old. :) The uniqueness here is in the idea that our lead gal cannot touch anyone without being bombarded with their feelings. This leads into a whole series of odd events that drive the story forward. I don't want to give anything away because the 'reveals' are interesting and I think knowing things in advance would ruin the book for most. But essentially there are a lot of stereotypes that are broken down (bare with the first couple chapters because they set-up why nothing she thinks is right in them later on). Overall Zenn Diagram is an excellent commentary on how everyone deserves a chance to be happy and no one person's pain, grief or hardship is bigger than another's. I think this book would be interesting for many teens to read. They are likely to learn something from it about the nature of sacrifice and that no one person's 'horrible' events in their life trumps someone else's. I guess that's why I'm rounding up to 4 stars, the reality is that everyone has issues and no one person's issues are more dramatic, painful or bigger than others. I do really like this main point that Wendy Brant makes. I like it because I believe it's true. Your pain or grief is relevant to you in it's size, not in how large it appears to others. Hardship is not quantifiable, it is individual to each person and cannot be put on a mathematical scale and measured. I would recommend this book for anyone who needs a reminder that it's not a game or contest to try and one-up one another in bad things that have happened to us. Alternatively it's not about one-upping good things either. It's just about living and being happy. Any other issues aside, that may have to do with the writing or overall story, Brant portrays the message that everyone deserves to be happy very, very well. Please note: I received an eARC of this book from the publisher via NetGalley. This is an honest and unbiased review.
Date published: 2017-06-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Zenn Diagram I really liked the pacing of the romance and the family drama. #plumreview I received this ARC through a giveaway.
Date published: 2017-06-03
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Average book - Unique Concept I liked this book - it was about average. My only issues with it were the Insta-love aspect (more on that soon) and the way the storyline was twisted so as to keep the reader on the same level of excitement throughout the novel. I was mostly indifferent to the lives of the characters (until the ending made my cry!! Good job Brant) and didn't really love how Zenn and Eva's relationship developed super fast. For example, Zenn <spoiler> kissed Eva on their first date, which was not only unrealistic, but also didn't leave anywhere for the climax to be except for (gasp!) sex </spoiler>. Zenn Diagram started out slow. It is well written, but not so much that it completely immerses you in the world. I really did enjoy the main character, Eva - she was very mathematical, and it was easy to relate with her. She also had complex, real life relations with her best friend. I also liked Zenn. However, Eva has apparently never been in a relationship or even had a crush before. This makes her Insta - love with Zenn a little bit implausible. If you overlook this, the story has some nice twists and turns. Eva makes many rational decisions - even when she decides to sacrifice something important to her for Zenn, it makes complete sense to her character. I thought the cover of this book was really well done - it set the mood for the story well enough. However, the book itself was larger than most books, not in length so much as in the dimensions of the book itself. This made it almost unpleasant to read, as the plasticy nature of the cover meant it was always digging into my arm. (I understand this is an advanced reading copy, just hope this is fixed!) So yeah, solid characters, unique twist on the super really overdone plotline. About average, nothing really special. Also: I read this in two hours (procrastination induced!) so it's not very long, nor does it have much re-read value. You're probably better off waiting for the paperback!
Date published: 2017-03-05

Editorial Reviews

Brant's debut is an absolute treat.-Booklist - Starred Review