Unconventional by Maggie Harcourt

Rating – 4/5

“Lexi Angelo has grown up helping her dad with his events business. She likes to stay behind the scenes, planning and organizing…until author Aidan Green – messy haired and annoyingly arrogant – arrives unannounced at the first event of the year. Then Lexi’s life is thrown into disarray. In a flurry of late-night conversations, mixed messages and butterflies, Lexi discovers that some things can’t be planned. Things like falling in love…”

It took me a while to get into this book (this may be down to the fact that I am still getting used to reading on a Kindle) but I flew through the second half and really enjoyed it!

What I loved about this book is that is takes place all around the UK, which a) I don’t often see because most books I read tend to be set in the US and b) even more rarely, the book follows a Convention that takes place in the UK. I thought the Convention provided a really unique and interesting setting for this love story and it was really cool to see authors I am familiar with and love, dropped into the story. I also liked how the story took place over a number of months so the romance felt very genuine unlike some YA stories where it is insta-love (which isn’t a bad thing! It’s just nice to see a romance develop a little slower).

Although I didn’t connect with any of the characters, I liked them all and happily followed their journey throughout the book. The friendship between Sam and Lexi was really authentic which I liked – Sam was so cool; I loved reading about her different cosplay outfits and she is someone I would happily be friends with!

I highly recommend this book if you’re looking for a unique YA contemporary to kick-start your summer!

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