Tuesday, 16 June 2015
Review: The Improbable Theory of Ana and Zak by Brian Katcher
Ana is the perfect child, she has perfect scores in school and participates in numerous after school activities, her brother, Clayton, is just the same. Ana wants to make sure her parents are happy with her, and that she won't make one mistake that will make her parents send her away like they did to her sister.
Zak is living with his Mum, and Stepdad, his stepdad is always in Zak's face, wanting him to participate in sporting activities, or watch football. But Zak prefers to spend his time on computers, and with his friends, and generally just geeking out. His one goal is to attend Washingcon again, but his plan is put on hold when he is forced to join the Quiz Bowl Team, or fail on his class. Zak's involvement with the Quiz Bowl Team doesn't sit well with Ana. However, what starts as an unwanted trip to a Quiz Bowl, quickly gets out of hand when Ana and Zak are forced to follow Clayton to Washingcon and bring him back before her parents find out.
The Improbable Theory of Ana and Zak is the first book I have read by this author, and it won't be the last. from the moment I began reading I fell into this world so easily, most of it felt like a second home to me. I liked how Ana and Zak are opposites in almost every way, but they had a hidden common ground. As the story progressed and they actually arrive at Washingcon I loved it. The descriptions given about what they see or do, the little references to TV shows or movies that I actually got. I felt like I was part of the crowd with Ana and Zak, running from people after them, hiding out to keep safe and ensure the could continue to look for Clayton.
The Improbable Theory of Ana and Zak was a book that kept me entertained, had me laughing out loud, and as crazy as it seems, wanting to attend something like this...something way bigger than LFCC. The misadventures that Ana and Zak get up to were nothing short of stupidly crazy, and yet I could not help but laugh at the situations they got themselves into. But I also felt sorry for each of them in thier own way. For Ana I was sad that she felt like she had to live her life like this, afraid that one little slip up would mean she would be sent packing, not really having friends, or even having a bit of fun. Seeing her relax slightly in Washingcon made me smile for the new experiences she gets to have. Zak was someone who I could partly relate to, but I did feel sorry for him being pressured into doing physical activities with is Stepdad. Things would have gone a whole lot smoother if her had listened to Zak rather than take advice from another source.
The final chapters of The Improbable Theory of Ana and Zak had my heart pounding, worrying over what would happen next, and a very unimaginable person saved them from the first incident. When Ana and Zak finally have to confront a parent I was very surprised at the outcome, but was also left feeling sad and happy for them both.
The Improbable Theory of Ana and Zak is a great read from start to finish, and if there was ever a follow up book for this duo I would not hesitate to pick it up.