Thursday, May 25, 2017

Zenn Diagram by Wendy Brant - OPTIONAL

Brant, Wendy Zenn Diagram, 315 pgs. KCP Loft (Kids Can Press), 2017. $17.95 Language – R (116 swears, 31 “f”), Mature Content – PG13 (innuendo and sex); Violence – PG; 

Eva lives in a self-imposed bubble, being extremely careful about what her hands come in contact with—a calculator is okay, but a cell phone is not, and skin contact is out of the question. This caution is not because Eva is a germaphobe, but because Eva is able to see the feelings of those who have handled whatever Eva touches. But even having this unique ability is not the craziest thing in Eva’s life right now.

I was captivated by Eva’s “condition” and the ways she used her ability. Her circumstances were odd without being over-the-top and unimaginable. Despite all the unusual twists and turns that will never occur in my own life, Brant writes in such a way that I still relate with Eva and want to become more like her; for example, in her determination to follow her dreams and in her desire to become the best her that she can be. 

HS – OPTIONAL. Reviewer: Carolina Herdegen

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