ARC Review: The Improbable Theory of Ana and Zak by Brian Katcher

Posted May 8, 2015 by Bee in Reviews / 4 Comments

ARC Review: The Improbable Theory of Ana and Zak by Brian Katcher

The Improbable Theory of Ana and Zak

by Brian Katcher
Published on May 19th 2015
by Katherine Tegen Books
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Young Adult
Format: eARC
Source: Edelweiss

The Improbable Theory of Ana and Zak is Stonewall Book Award-winning author Brian Katcher’s hilarious he said/she said romance about two teens recovering from heartbreak and discovering themselves on an out-of-this-world accidental first date.

It all begins when Ana Watson's little brother, Clayton, secretly ditches the quiz bowl semifinals to go to the Washingcon sci-fi convention on what should have been a normal, résumé-building school trip.

If slacker Zak Duquette hadn't talked up the geek fan fest so much, maybe Clayton wouldn't have broken nearly every school rule or jeopardized Ana’s last shot at freedom from her uptight parents.

Now, teaming up with Duquette is the only way for Ana to chase down Clayton in the sea of orcs, zombies, bikini-clad princesses, Trekkies, and Smurfs. After all, one does not simply walk into Washingcon.

But in spite of Zak's devil-may-care attitude, he has his own reasons for being as lost as Ana-and Ana may have more in common with him than she thinks. Ana and Zak certainly don’t expect the long crazy night, which begins as a nerdfighter manhunt, to transform into so much more…

I received this book for free from the publisher or author in exchange for an honest review.
This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

4.5 Stars

This book with the long title that I cannot say more than two times in a row really surprised me! Despite a few negative things I’d read about it, I really loved this book a lot!

I shall call this book Ana and Zak from now on, okay? Okay. Ana and Zak is about, of course, Ana and Zak. When Zak has to go to the quiz bowl tournaments unexpectedly instead of the Washingcon convention, he thinks his weekend will suck. But then Ana’s little brother, who just wants to have a little fun for once in his life, sneaks off to this convention and Ana and Zak team up to find him. Between all the zombies, Trekkies and smurfs, they both may find a lot more than they thought they would.

This was so cute you guys! Seriously, it really was. I’d read in a couple of reviews that it could get ridiculous and unbelievable at one point and while I can see why they’d say that, I do not agree. Sure, it may be just a tiny bit unbelievable, but it really was a lot of fun! And hey, you never know what happens at one of those conventions… It had a lot of humor and I laughed out loud and giggled quite a bit reading this. I loved the dialogue in this book and really, it was just so much fun. If only for that and all the nerdy references.

Ana and Zak are such great characters. I loved Zak right from the start. Sure he’s flawed, but he learns a lot over the course of the book. He’s had a rough couple of years behind him and I’d probably be just like him if it had been me. Ana on the other hand… I really disliked her in the beginning. She seemed like a girl with a stick up her butt and she was annoying. But then I got to know her and she grew a lot and I loved her in the end. I also adore Clayton and Strawberry is just awesome.

The Improbable Theory of Ana and Zak is a very sweet, cute and utterly adorable story that made my nerdy side very happy! Highly recommended to fans of contemporary reads!



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