This book was such a delight. It was adorable. It was nerdy. It was one of those wonderful books that was a great example of how fun that young adult fiction can be.
And trust me, this book is a lot of fun.
I think I read this one in less than a day. I really couldn’t put it down. I was so excited to see what was going to happen next that I just kept reading.
The book is told in the alternating voices of both Ana and Zak, and the author does a spectacular job of writing both characters. Unlike some books which have multiple narrators, you can easily tell which character is currently telling the story (I’ve read so many books where it’s almost impossible to tell one character from the other, and it gets so frustrating). Ana and Zak have such different personalities, and they are both very interesting, and easy to connect to. The story unfolds a bit slowly, and it really leaves you wondering what happened to both Ana and Zak to make them who they are when the story begins (and you do find out, but I’m not spoiling that for you).
The book starts off with Ana and Zak meeting in library, where Zak is playing a game with his friends. He’s a bit nerdy (okay, quite a bit nerdy), and Ana isn’t interested in Zak trying to talk to her. She’s late for archery, and her parents are incredibly strict, making it impossible for her to have friends or go on dates (or really do much of anything after school). She’s working hard to get into a college, including being captain of the school’s Quiz Bowl team. Zak, on the other hand, is perfectly happy to slide through school, and doesn’t make many plans for his future. The only thing he finds himself getting excited about is the once a year Washingcon, a convention for science fiction fans, but to his dismay, he can’t do this year, because he is failing health and the only way to graduate and make up the grade is to be an alternate for the Quiz Bowl tournament (which is the same weekend as Washingcon). Sounds annoying, but easy enough, right? You would think. And everything is going well…as well as can be expected, for Zak anyway, who would much rather be at the convention.
Things take quite the interesting turn when Ana’s younger brother, Clayton (who is also on the team), takes off to check out Washingcon for himself, and Ana and Zak team up to find him before they all get into trouble for not being back at the hotel for curfew. A lot of crazy things happen to Ana and Zak while looking for Clayton, including (unexpectedly) the chance at finding friendship and maybe even love.
This book has an incredibly quirky cast of characters and is such a treat! It is told over the span of one weekend (mostly over one night and through the next day), and is unlike any other books I’ve read. It made me laugh more often than not, and there were also parts that were really touching. I fell in love with Ana and Zak and their crazy adventures from page one, and it has easily become a favorite!
Note: I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.