Review: 5 stars to Unconventional by Maggie Harcourt

Posted 5 March, 2017 by katheryn13 in Contemporary, Funny, Reviews, Romance, Updates, YA / 0 Comments

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…

Unconventional is a story that completely blew me away. It’s relatable but not in a sad way, but a way in which it brings back memories of good times. Reminding me why I love conventions, and also just reminds me of the funny and somewhat chaotic things that can, and will, happen at them.
Lexi Angelo is just downright ordinary, but in the best way possible. There are no airs and graces, and right from the start we can get an idea of who she is. Her voice is bright, down to earth and not at all pretentious. There wasn’t a moment where I was irritated by her.
Aidan is my new book boyfriend, I’m sure. Though the slow burning romance was more fade to black than I expected, it wasn’t annoyingly so, and it worked perfectly. He’s open, friendly, but also has flaws and isn’t just…a cardboard cut out of himself, you know? He’s an author with a pseudonym and so it’s also tricky for us, the readers (at least I found it to be so) to know which side of Aidan  we’re getting to know, which side is talking at any time, right along side Lexi. I love how nervous and vulnerable he gets when having to do public appearances, it makes me wonder how I’d be if I ever got published.
The convention family made me feel like I was actually there and experiencing it all with them. My personal favourite was Sam – Samira- but really everyone was entertaining in their own ways. Lexi’s dad was refreshing to read, because a lot of YA doesn’t involve the parents as much as in this one. I can in some ways relate to Lexi wanting to stay in her own little world, but I wish it was as easy to expand ones horizons as she makes it out to be, not to mention the whole being a lover-of-books thing. I could fully understand the feeling behind feeling so close to a book and not wanting to share it with others. It’s a little how I feel with this book.
The way Lexi and Aidan grew closer together seriously gave me butterflies like never before and I squee’d so much I’m pretty sure I sounded like a kettle boiling. It was a subtle romance, and nothing overwhelming. In fact, it had more of an effect on me than if it had been all kissing and bed-time antics. Personally I prefer the tension, the over-all build up than just…let’s get it on. 😛
Sometimes I’d think I’d know what would happen next only to be shown I was wrong, and then all the twists and turns that went on throughout, had me feeling like a wrung out cloth at points, but I didn’t mind because it was keeping me on my toes and excited for each page yet to read.
This was one of the best books I’ve ever read, and I know I will go back to it again and again in the future, because it’s one that makes me feel at home. The only criticism I had, to be honest, was a bit near the beginning when a few authors were mentioned. Not made up ones, but ones that aren’t necessarily high profile like J. K. Rowling or Stephen King. I partly found it a bit dating and tacky but it didn’t linger for long so I soon got over it, and once I did, I forgot all about it (though obviously not in terms of adding it to this review…)
I had no expectations when I first started Unconventional, but by the first page I was hooked and even if you’ve never been to a convention in your life, I have no doubt you’ll be hooked too. It’s hilarious, charming, sweet and very very relatable as I said, and certainly unconventional in all its glory.  
A full five stars from me. Not to mention, this book got me out of a reading slump! 🙂

 

-Kat
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