Zenn Diagram by Wendy Brant

I was not expecting to love this book as much as I did so oh boy was this a surprise.  I saved it for the end of my YA Fest reading because I assumed it would be a light, fun read following all of the incredibly heavy books I read for the fest.  What I ended up getting was an absolutely great YA read that masterfully checked all of the boxes of things that are expected of a YA book without at all sounding cliched or stereotypical.

Brant’s characters are complex and multi-dimensional.  They felt like real teenagers, thinking real thoughts and having real conversations. While some books get lost trying to explain the interesting and unknown, Brant explains Eva’s fractals with extreme grace, causing you to understand them right away.  Also, Brant never lets her characters struggles become the story.  Instead of being a “oh poor me” story, it is a hopeful one, showing that there is always a positive light even in the darkest of times.

I read this book in a single day, picking it up because I had some time to kill before work. Before I knew it, I was most of the way through and almost late for work.  I didn’t want to leave these characters and their lives.  I wanted to know what was going to happen and get to hang out with them.  The amount of times I found myself saying “aww shit!” when the plot twisted and turned was surprising and awesome, especially considering that I was just expecting this to be a typical YA romance.

I think that I am driving my co-workers crazy cause I keep saying, “Oh man, guys.  I really really liked Zenn Diagram.”

5-stars

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