Unconventional by Maggie Harcourt
With YALC in two days, what better book is there to review than Unconventional by Maggie Harcourt?
I love cons, whether it’s books or film or anime and gaming. I love that there’s hundreds of people together under one roof for the same reason, because you all love the same book/show/game.
So when I read the back of Unconventional the day after I finished working at my first convention, I knew I had to read the whole thing.
Lexi has grown up with the conventions her dad runs but now she’s reached the age where she has to consider her future more than the panels and cosplayers she sees on a yearly basis.
What started as a small gathering of people in love with all things films, TV and book related has turned into one of the biggest conventions that run every few months around the UK. Lexi is the go-to queen of cons, fixing things that need to be fixed, finding a single lost dog in a whole hotel, and even kicking people out of the green room. Aiden – or Haydn – finds himself on the other side of Lexi’s clipboard with no invitation to be in the green room so she kicks him out, later to find out he’s the soon to be star author that everyone wants to meet. Meeting him starts off Lexi’s obsession with his book and maybe even a small obsession with the boy himself…
The whole book was light and easy to read – only a bit of angst but what doesn’t have that? The characters, Lexi, Sam, Bede and Nadiya, were so fun to read about. Their banter and how they acted with each other, you could tell they had made their own family. Even when they fought, they still found themselves back together again and working as a team.
I love stories about self-discovery and this was definitely a journey of self-discovery for Lexi. It’s understandable being so comfortable in what you’re doing that you never want to leave the bubble you’ve created around yourself, but Lexi definitely begins to learn that outside of her comfort zone isn’t all that bad.
The whole book gave me Rainbow-Rowell-feels. Unconventional is a delightful read and I can’t wait for more of Maggie’s work.
Keep an eye out at your next convention, maybe even YALC, you never know who you might meet!