Publishers Weekly Review
Eva is a funny math genius who swears a lot and adores her three-year-old quadruplet siblings. She's also the pastor's daughter and a devout Christian, who puzzles over the meaning of Bible passages. Brant handles Eva's faith thoughtfully and realistically in this debut novel. Eva's Christianity is central to her identity and helps her make decisions about sex, dating, and forgiveness. But there's something else that is a major part of who Eva is: if she touches another person's clothing or skin, she sees "fractal" images of his or her past experiences and emotions, which has led her to avoid human contact. This changes after Eva develops a crush on Zenn, a boy she's tutoring in math. Brant patiently and carefully develops Eva and Zenn's relationship, as well as the surprising and problematic connection between their families; as a result, Eva's visions can feel like an unnecessary and distracting gimmick. But otherwise, this novel about complex emotional connections, painful family histories, hope, forgiveness, love, and romance is a promising start for Brant. Ages 14-up. (Apr.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
Library Journal Review
Gr 7 Up-Eva Walker is content to be a self-described math nerd, but she doesn't like being considered a germaphobe by her classmates. It's true that she shies away from touching other people, but they don't know the truth: when Eva touches others, she is immediately able to get a sense of their innermost thoughts and feelings. Overwhelmed by this onslaught of unsolicited knowledge, she turns inward, focusing on her beloved math formulas, her three-year-old quadruplet siblings, and her best friend, Charlotte, who is also lingering on the social fringes. But Eva's life turns upside down after she begins tutoring new student Zenn. The dark maelstrom of emotions that Eva receives when she accidentally touches his jacket are complicated by her immediate attraction to Zenn's rebellious, artistic nature. Brant deftly navigates changing friendships and parental bonds with a taciturn, angst-ridden teen protagonist who is also loving and thoughtful-a refreshing yet authentic balance. With the added boost of a surprising (but well-resolved) plot twist and a hint of the paranormal grafted onto a main trunk of realistic YA fiction, this sophisticated debut depicts teen issues with nuance and aplomb. Eva and Zenn's sexual relationship is referenced, but with a light, not-too-graphic touch. VERDICT Readers who love quirky, character-driven romances, such as John Green's An Abundance of Katherines and heartstring-yanking melodrama in the vein of Lauren Oliver's YA books will enjoy this novel, which seems to be an intriguing blend of both.-Evelyn Khoo Schwartz, Georgetown Day School, Washington, DC © Copyright 2017. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
Booklist Review
*Starred Review* High-school senior Eva Walker longs for touch, but she avoids most human contact because of her ability to detect fractals. When she touches people or their possessions, she senses their secret fears and struggles. On the plus side, Eva's sensitivity serves her well as a math tutor, as she can instantly assess students by touching their calculators. Eva, however, is puzzled by her newest tutee, Zenn Bennett: his calculator reveals nothing, yet his worn jacket knocks her down with the ferocity of its fractal. As her initial attraction to Zenn grows, Eva decides that touching him is worth the risk. Soon, though, their budding relationship is threatened by a shocking family connection that may ultimately drive them apart. Brant's debut is an absolute treat. First-person narrators can so easily slide into sameness, but Eva's voice as a gifted math geek with a sense of humor is fresh and compelling. Though the plot coincidences stretch belief at times, they are forgiven in light of the strengths of the story, which include a unique premise, natural dialogue, and complex characters. This story could be classified as speculative fiction, romance, or a contemporary realistic novel. It is indeed all of the above, and well done on all fronts.--Young, Michelle Copyright 2017 Booklist