Thursday, 11 June 2015

The Improbable Theory of Ana and Zak by Brian Katcher

Sponsored post: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to HarperCollins and Edelweiss.
The Improbable Theory of Ana and Zak
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…

The Improbable Theory of Ana and Zak by Brian Katcher

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

The Improbable Theory of Ana and Zak(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to HarperCollins and Edelweiss.)

I was going to be generous and give this book 2.5 or 3 stars, but I’m afraid it just irritated me way too much for that.

Ana and Zak both annoyed me in this book, because they were freaking idiots! Who cuts and pastes information from Wikipedia and hands it in at school as an essay (complete with hyperlinks?). Zak. He is really that big of an idiot that he would not only cheat, but be surprised when his teacher calls him on it! Of course you’re going to get in trouble!

“This is cheating Zak. Academic dishonesty. I know most of you don’t take this class seriously, but it’s a real course just the same. I’m going to have to take this to the principal.”

Ana was also an idiot. She came across as okay at the start of the book, but then her true colours started showing through. Who pulls a fire alarm at a convention as a distraction so that they can get away from someone? Oh yes, Ana. What an idiot! And then, in typical Zak fashion, she’s surprised when she’s caught and in trouble! I mean really?! Does she have an idea how much setting fire alarms off costs the fire department? How many likes are risked because the fire service are attending fake fires?! I want to fine her myself!

“Then the sprinklers activate. Streams of chemical-green liquid rain down on the room, drenching everyone’s very expensive cards.
I did not see that coming.”

That’s because you’re an idiot!

The storyline in this didn’t wow me either. After being caught with his fake essay, Zak is forced to be part of a school quiz team as a way to work off his debt without the principle getting involved, not that he’s happy about this, oh no! He’s annoyed because his favourite comic book convention is that same weekend. Boo freaking hoo. Ana and Zak end up at the convention after Ana’s younger brother runs off to go there, and then we get a non-wonderful story where Ana and Zak are trying to track down Ana’s brother. To say that this was less then enthralling is an understatement.

“Maybe it’s time we call in an amber alert. Let security find your brother.”

And other things that annoyed me (there are a lot of them) - (Highlight to view spoiler - 1. Ana saying that she ‘doesn’t have a sister anymore’ – she does have a sister. Her sister isn’t dead! She just left home after her parent’s kicked her out for being pregnant. Her sister deserves her support, not for her to pretend that she’s dead! Disgusting!

2. Zak being nasty towards his step-father when his step-father is actually a pretty decent human being. His real father died, Roger isn’t trying to replace him, he’s trying to support the woman he loves, and her child! He’s not being mean or cruel!

3. The way Zak describes Ana. ‘Scrawny, flat chested, with a mane of frizzy, dark hair.’ – not exactly flattering. Thanks Zak.

4. Ana moaning about her a-cups. Do her boobs really matter so much that we have to hear constantly that she only has a-cup breasts? And what’s wrong with a-cups anyway?!

5. The cocaine. I mean where did that even come from? Why would they possibly find a bag of cocaine at a comic book convention? I’m so irritated and bored by this point.

6. Ana’s excuse that she pulled the fire alarm to get away from someone. That is not a reason to pull a fire alarm! A fire is a reason to pull a fire alarm! Ugh!

7. The drug dealer turning up with a gun and kidnapping Zak. Seriously? Seriously?!

Right, I’ve seriously had enough of this book now. Let’s just say that the book was irritating, I didn’t like the romance, and I seriously cannot wait to delete this off my kindle. Yuck.

4 out of 10

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