The Improbable Theory of Ana & Zak by Brian Katcher

The Improbable Theory of Ana & Zak

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…

First Line: "Zak! Hey, Zak, where are you?"

Review: Oh how I wanted to fall in love with this book but instead it turned out to be just an okay read.

We have Zak and then we have Ana. Zak is excited about comic-con Seattle its been a tradition of his since he was a kid to go, unfortunately his plans for this year are being ruined because he has to be part of a quiz bowl since he was caught cheating on a paper, the quiz bowl is coincidentally taking place in Seattle also. Ana is a perfectionist and her and her younger brother Clayton are in the quiz bowl as well.

I loved the fact that the book was based around comic-con but as far as the characters go I couldn't connect with either one of them. Ana and Zak both had family issues and it was mainly because of their choices and how they chose to treat them. Ana had issues with her sister which with the way she was talking about her in the beginning I though maybe she had passed away but no Anna just was a little messed up on how she went about treating her. As for Zak I didn't get it, his step-father genuinely cared for him which he proved even more later on in the novel but Zak didn't really give him much of a chance.

Now moving on to the comic-con, for some reason I thought going into this book Ana and Zak both were going to be these big comic-con geeks but it was only Zak, for quite some time Ana looked down on Zak for his love of it all. There were also quite a few times while reading the novel where things just seemed to be a little way over the top to the point of just downright unrealistic which also took my enjoyment out of it.

Overall the book wasn't really for me even though it was based around something I love ...comic-con.

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