The Improbable Theory of Ana and Zak by Brian Katcher (Review)

23598388I received a free copy via Edelweiss for review purposes.

2.5

First Impressions: There were some aspects I liked and some I didn’t and some that were just plain…weird.

Review: When Zak is caught cheating on a paper he is roped into attending quiz bowl semi-finals headed by the perfectionist Ana Watson. By attending quiz bowl he is missing comic-con, something he has been invested in since he was ten. Zak can stop talking about comic-con and it drives Clayton, Ana’s little brother, to sneak out of the hotel and catch a cab. Ana, with her strict parents, needs to find him before they find out. She teams up with Zak who knows comic con like the back of his hand and it turns out they have more in common than they thought.

I enjoyed the light-heartedness but I didn’t connect with any of the characters all that much and they weren’t the most likeable characters, mostly due to how they treated their family (Ana about her sister (who I thought was dead at one point by the way she was talking about her, and Zak about his incredibly nice and supportive step-father). The plot, at times, seemed incredibly far fetched, especially towards the end…like it came out of nowhere? Everything was just so dramatic.

Overall, a book I would probably recommend to people who attend conventions (possibly?), but not one I would personally want to read again.

RATING: ★★☆☆☆ (2.5)

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