A book I started during the PWR Reading Marathon was The Improbable Theory of Ana and Zak. I read it in one day, picking it up off and on during a major housecleaning. (Well, yes, it was a YA novel, and a very fast read–all the more reason for choosing (AND REALLY ENJOYING) this book.)
The back cover covers it all (pun intended) with an pictogram that includes Ana plus Zak, plus 24 hours, plus a wild SCI FI Convention, plus an impossible manhunt, plus thousands of costumed nerds, plus an angry viking, times lots of trouble, divided by first impressions, is unequal to anything they ever expected! The quote next to the pictogram says, “Perfect comic timing and outrageous twists.” And the book delivers! It is very, very funny, sweet, outrageous and just a darned good read. Some subtler ideas are introduced than just the madcap 24 hour chase, but the book is never preachy. Young adults are respected and even admired, SOME adults are “almost ok”, and surprises in ALL the relationships abound.
I would recommend it to a friend of any age.