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…
This book was really a fast read and it’s so fricking cute and nerdy and adorkable! I loved all the banter and pop references all throughout the book. The characters both have distinct voices and I loved the fact that the book was narrated in two POVs.
The book was about these two highschool students, which kind of started as the opposite of each other’s personality, but it turned out that they had something more in common. Ana and Zak were both part of the quiz bowl competition for their school. Ana’s brother, Clayton, goes missing and she has to team up with Zak to find her brother. They ended up in Washingcon, a sci-fi convention/geek fan fest, and almost everything goes haywire.
“Son. Sometimes life just goddamn sucks, don’t it?”
I really loved the hilarious banter between the two characters. They’re both sassy and quirky and adorable. Ana was a bit uptight at first but as the story progressed, I understood her character more. Although, I couldn’t relate to her character, it was fun to see a glimpse of her personality.
Zak was really really interesting and geeky and cool and adorable. I’m obviously running out of adjectives here. I loved his character so much. I definitely related to his character more compared to Ana. We both shared the same passion in fangirling/fanboying. I loved his enthusiasm when it comes to things like Star Trek, Star Wars, etc. He’s kind of this closet geek, but he’s actually pretty cool. YAY TO GEEK POWER!
“…Some of us have enough real pain in our lives that we don’t need to invent more.”
The book was really interesting. It was pretty cool to read a book set in a geek convention. I’ve always wanted to go to one. I think the closest one I’ve been into was every Manila International Book Fair. Haha! However, I had a kind of minor reservation with regards to the story. The last few parts of the book was a bit weird. It felt kind of out of place. My forehead was pretty much full of creases while reading towards the end of the book.
Overall, I think this book would generally be enjoyable for readers looking for a light, fun and kind of geeky read.