I was kindly sent an e-arc of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
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.
Math genius. Freak of nature. Loner.
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 math 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 phone, 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 gives 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…
Zenn Diagram first appealed to me as I thought it was a cute contemporary novel, but after reading it I can surely say that this book is a whole lot more! The concept of Eva’s fractals was very interesting and added a nice touch to this contemporary, it was a whole new experience seeing through Eva’s eyes into her world. The book was easy to get into, the beginning hinting at an innocent fun read, but the further I read, the more secrets were revealed and the book turned out to be a lot more dark and complicated than I suspected. Seeing the plot unfold and getting surprised by the plot twist made me realise that this book is on completely different level!
I’m a sucker for highly intelligent main characters, and Eva being a math prodigy made me enjoy the story even more. Eva was a lot different to many other teenage female characters, not only was she a genius but she was mature and incredibly funny, her witty remarks brought the story to life. Zenn was also a fantastic character, he was well developed and seeing all the hardships he had to go through made him seem even more real.
Brant’s writing was lovely and complimented the story well, it wasn’t too simplistic nor overly complicated. Zenn Diagram is a very short and fast paced book that can be read in one sitting! It was very enjoyable and a unique read with loveable characters. The perfect story for all math nerds!