Author: Brian Katcher
Genre: Contemporary, Humour, Romance
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Publisher: Harper Collins
SYNOPSIS: “The Improbable Theory of Ana and Zakis Stonewall Award-winning author Brian Katcher’s hilarious he said/she said romance about two teens discovering themselves on an out-of-this-world accidental first date at a sci-fi convention.
When Ana Watson’s brother ditches a high school trip to run wild at Washingcon, type-A Ana knows that she must find him or risk her last shot at freedom from her extra-controlling parents.
In her desperation, she’s forced to enlist the last person she’d ever want to spend time with—slacker Zak Duquette—to help find her brother before morning comes.
But over the course of the night, while being chased by hordes of costumed Vikings and zombies, Ana and Zak begin to open up to each other. Soon, what starts as the most insane nerdfighter manhunt transforms into so much more. . . .”
I received a Paperback edition ,from Harper Collins, in exchange for an honest review.
Let me start of by saying this is probably one of the best books I’ve read! I recommend that you stop what you are doing, and go get this immediately. You need this in your possession because I guarantee that everyone will love and relate to this story!
Ana and Zak are the main characters of the story, as it’s told in duel perspective, yet they couldn’t be less alike. Ana is the type of girl that needs constant praise and reassurance from her peers and most importantly her teachers. She’s typically a straight A student, that has her whole life planned out. Whereas Zak couldn’t be more laid back, as he typically doesn’t care about school which is the reason why he was forced onto the trip. His nerdy references and humour gives him the ability to make friends in high places easily. They usually wouldn’t mesh outside of the convention, yet they balance each other. As they say, opposites attract. When I first started this novel I had conflicting emotions towards Ana as I found her stuck up and rude towards Zak for no particular reason, but I gave her a chance and I’m glad I did! Once she became relaxed, her personality changed drastically and became a funny and sweet girl that I couldn’t help but love! Now Zak was my favourite his first line, the moment he opened his sarcastic mouth I knew he would be a keeper! He was so positive and calm during the whole situation and I’m glad, I couldn’t handle two nervous nellies! However, once Ana became a little more comfortable he transformed into a total heart throb and became her knight in shining armour. He literally did anything to protect her and Clayton, even if that meant he would be hurt in the process. Katcher created well developed characters better in one book, than some authors over a whole series.
As for the setting, it made the book so much more enjoyable! I’ve never read a book that took place at a Sci-Fi convention before, and now this has opened my mind to try more. Just hearing how Katcher described the colours of the stands, the outrageous character costumes and the loud and flamboyant crowd made me extremely envious that I couldn’t experience it myself. Using the element of surprise, you didn’t know what was going to happen when you flipped the page. They could have ran into a man dressed as a barbaric Viking or have a slow dance at a vampire ball, the setting allowed the most shocking and random things to happen and would have fun while reading it.
The only negative thing I have to say about this novel is that Ana and Zak are a tad irritating, but honestly can you think of one character that isn’t. They both make quite a few stupid and reckless decisions that make things complicated, but I’ve learnt to accept their stupidity as it makes the plot more interesting.
Brian Katcher is a fantastic author, and I will definitely jump at the opportunity to read any other pieces of work he creates! His writing is so descriptive yet smooth, that you can read the whole book in one sitting and not feel heavy afterwards.
This novel is a perfect mix of humour and romance, making a perfect light-hearted read! The story takes place at a comic book convention, so you’re basically experiencing Comic con without leaving your house. What else could a major fangirl want! Not to mention there is countless fandom references and mention that just make the whole experience 10 times better!