The Improbable Theory of Ana and Zak is written by Brian Katcher and was the cutest read I have read this year!
Now before I delve into my review, lets take a look at the cover. Pixelated humans and equation background just screams perfect for those who love games and math. But the key detail here is the bow and arrow on ‘Ana’s character this definitely screams for fans of the YA genre (due to her being made to look like Katniss from The Hunger Games). The heart would suggest its a love story but it is anything but as it delves into the heartbreak of both characters, (well okay there is one but it’s not prominent). Now lets begin the review!
Ana and Zak, two High-Schoolers who at first seem an unlikely pair, turn to one another when Ana’s younger brother Clayton disappears after hearing Zak rave about a certain comic-con in Washington- the Washingcon! I read this during SDCC (San Diego Comic Con) so it was a perfect read for those of us not fortunate enough to go there. I read it in a few hours due to its addictive storyline and fluid writing style. Written in dual points of view, Ana is at first portrayed as a stuck up, obsessed and controlled. This is later revealed to have only come about due to her over protective parents. Zak is struggling to deal with the new man in the house after the death of his father years previously. If you’ve watched The Big Bang Theory, Zak was almost like an amalgamation of the four boys; Leonard- has a bad relationship with a parental figure. Sheldon- always stuck in another world. Raj- kind and sweet hearted and Howard- thinking he’s good with women.
Zak first meets Ana in their school library and invites her to play a game with his friends to which she obviously declines. Further on in their day, Zak finds out he’s failing a class and is forced into joining the schools’ Quiz Bowl team where Ana is Captain. Quickly refusing to call him by his nickname ‘Duke’ Ana finds herself unwittingly drawn to him and his wild ways despite initial repulsion and fear. This starts to break down Ana’s defence and we find out just why she is uptight and what her heartbreak is.
I don’t want to go into too much detail as this is a book you definitely need to go into without knowing too much but if you think of it like this, Hermoine and Shaggy let loose in Comic Con.