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Unconventional by Maggie Harcourt

Lexi has grown up helping her dad with his events business. She likes to stay behind the scenes, planning and organising. Then teenage author Aidan Green – messy-haired and annoyingly charismatic – arrives unannounced at the first convention of the year, and 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…


This was the perfect contemporary book for my geekish side, a book about fan conventions was something that I didn’t know I needed in my life, but I most certainly did! I used to dabble in convention life, this certainly brought back nostalgia and makes me want to book to do another one, it’s been so long!

Unconventional is full of fun, friendships and fandoms. It’s a book that says it’s okay to be passionate about things and embrace your inner geek. It’s a lighthearted read, it was very much perfect for the mood I was in, it has its own drama, in its own way, but it was a really nice, straightforward read.

Lexi works for her dads convention company, flat out at many conventions throughout the year, doing all sorts of behind the scenes things to make the convention run smoothly, I loved read all the frantic going ons and all the work that the small numbered crew had going on.

Lexi sometimes feels a lot of pressure, we see a side to her that maybe wants to explore more that Just conventions and trying to keep her head above water in college, but it’s her dads company, it’s almost like she is obliged to keep doing everything…

Then we meet Aidan. Lexi and Aidan’s romance is nerdy and cute. It’s a romance that builds throughout the book, although I think they do fall quickly, or at least Lexi does, with the amount of time she spends thinking about Aidan. 

Aidan at first is a bit arrogant and cheekily rude, but then we see another side to him, a really loveable side that seems to be just for Lexi. It was really sweet to read 

I also loved that it connected with Maggie’s second novel, Theatrical (which I read earlier this year) being about the book which the play in Theatrical is based on, but with no spoilers so you can read them in the order I did.

All in all I really loved this book, Maggie told a great story, with wonderful characters and writing! For such a think book I managed to read it in two sittings! I would highly recommend this if you’re looking for a fun, cute and light read! 

9 thoughts on “Unconventional by Maggie Harcourt

  1. Theatrical is on my wishlist already and I’ll be adding this one too! You’ve written a great review, I love a good light-hearted romance when I’m in a reading slump, they always help to get me out of it!

    Jess //

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  2. This sounds like such an enjoyable and lighthearted read. I especially love the message that it’s okay to be passionate about things and embrace your inner geek! It sounds perfect. It would be interesting to learn more about the behind-the-scenes of conventions too. Thank you for sharing, great review Lainy ❤ xx

    Bexa |

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