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

Posted May 29, 2015 by lockhartbecca in Reviews / 6 Comments

The Improbable Theory of Ana and Zak

Author: Brian Katcher
Series: Standalone
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Genre: YA Contemporary
Format: ebook
Release Date: May 19, 2015
Source: egalley received from publisher via Edelweiss
Rating: 3 Stars
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***I received a free copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This has in no way changed my opinion of the book. The review below is my open and honest opinion.***


Synopsis from Goodreads:


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…

My Review:


This book was pretty adorable. Light and fluffy, fans of contemporary are going to like this one. Ana is on the quiz bowl team. She’s a straight A student, participates in plenty of extra-curricular activities and does everything she can to ensure that she’s making her parents happy, following the rules to a T. And then there’s Zak, a guy who doesn’t care all that much about school and because of that blasé attitude, has found himself stuck competing on the quiz bowl team the weekend of Washingcon, his favorite comic con convention ever. He attends every year and is devastated that he can’t be there. But when Ana’s younger brother Clayton runs off to check out the con, Ana and Zak go after him. Ana’s out of her element. Zak is in his. Together, they have to dodge zombies and Titans in order to find him before curfew.


I really enjoyed the comic con aspect of this book. I’ve never been to a con before, but they seem fun and crazy. I love how intense people get with their cosplay costumes and that definitely shows in this book. It was like nerd heaven. I loved how Zak may not be the coolest kid at school, but here, he’s super popular and Ana gets to see a whole other side of him she never knew existed. I loved how at ease Zak was, how he didn’t care if Ana made fun of him for being into this stuff. This was who he was and he was proud of it.


It took me a little while to warm up to Ana. She seems pretty stuck-up at the beginning. Uptight and anal, unable to loosen up and have some fun. There’s definitely reasons behind it and it takes a while, but I was happy to see Ana finally let herself have some fun. Fun in a most unexpected place.


The romance between the two was cute. Slow and sweet, nothing over the top. It was just the right amount of fluff for a book like this. I really enjoyed how both Ana and Zak had their own stuff going on in their personal lives. We got to see them work through that, and work through their own feelings for each other.


All those good things being said, the book itself felt kind of average to me. There isn’t anything inherently wrong with it that I can pick out, but it didn’t stand out to me. I wish there had been that spark that screamed yes because I really think that this one had the potential to be amazing. Still, I did enjoy it and am happy I read it. A quirky romance with a completely different setting. If you want a quick read that’s light and fun, I would definitely recommend this one.

Have you read this one yet? What did you think? 

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6 responses to “Review: The Improbable Theory of Ana and Zak by Brian Katcher

  1. I've gone back and forth over whether I want to read this one or not. It does look adorable, but I just have to been in a certain mood to read something fluffy (Not that fluffy is bad, I'm just a mood reader). Thanks for the great review!

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