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Thursday, August 6, 2015

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

The Improbable Theory of Ana and Zak
Publication Date: May 19, 2015
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
A Young Adult novel
Pages: 336
Genre: Romance

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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…
What's better than cosplay and romance?

  This book prevented me from getting sleep. How, you ask? I read the whole thing in one night, and I regret nothing.  This book's writing is straight up fun and pretty cute. On top of some nice writing, with ComicCon ranking in thousands of dollars a year, a book like this is important because it portrays a part of the Young Adult demographic that is usually mocked or shoved into the nerdy best friend character. While this book most plays off the clashing romance of Ana and Zak, it really explores the dynamics of a convention and the feeling of friendship and belonging that can be found there.  So, that aspect of the story is good.

 The characters are...okay.  While both Ana and Zak have some depth they are both horrible people at times, especially Ana. I understand that some of this is to move the plot along and keep the both interesting, but come on, readers want human character that can be liked.  It never reached the point where the characters were detestable, but I didn't fall in love with either Zak or Ana.  Together, they make a nice romance, but otherwise, they're alright.

  Final call, this is book is good, it's fun, but beyond it's depiction of convention dynamics, not particularly remarkable. This book is by no means forgettable and it's still straight up fun for any romance reader.  I recommend this book if you like a nice romance in a different kind of setting and are a fan of ComicCon.
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