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3.77  ·  Rating details ·  1,825 ratings  ·  338 reviews
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 discover
Paperback, 464 pages
Published February 1st 2017 by Usborne Publishing Ltd
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J.S. The main romance is straight, but not painfully so, and there is some positive queer rep within the story.

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May 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
GAAAH I LOVED THIS BOOK!!! Just the perfect contemporary for my bookish soul and geekish heart. I can't fault it. The characters were great, and the story was just everything I hoped to read in a book. It absolutely spoke to me on every level! ...more
Stacey (prettybooks)
If you want the UKYA Fangirl, here it is. Unconventional is pure fun. Lexi Angelo has assisted her Dad with the running of popular film and comic book conventions ever since she can remember. And she's pretty good at what she does. But debut author Aidan Green doesn't think so. He's rude and sarcastic and has made fun of Lexi's clipboard several times. So why does she find herself falling for him?

Unconventional is adorable. I've attended YALC at LFCC (London Film and Comic Con) and volunteered a
Emer (A Little Haze)
Well reading that was like some kind of slow torture. Nothing but drama for the sake of drama that could then be neatly tied up with a bow only for more needless drama to occur until this book eventually limped home to its lacklustre ending.
Neither cute nor funny. Just a whole lot of irritating.
I've never been to a convention of any kind, but always hope that one day I'll be able to go to YALC. Everyone who read an early copy of this book was so complimentary, and said it was perfect, that I knew I had to get my hand on a copy.

In Unconventional, Lexi has grown up in the convention world. Her dad has owned an events business, and since Lexi was a little girl, she has been involved, and this year is no different. Because of her involvement in the industry, she was sent a debut novel, hop
Jan 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: on-my-shelf
*it was sent to me by the publishers in exchange for an honest review. All the things mentioned are my personal and honest views*

A laughter filled book, with cuteness overloaded.
Adorable characters. And a dreamlike atmosphere.

This cutesy little book , though it is not little but reading it will feel like it.
This a happy go lucky book type. The book you will pick up for a laughter to brighten your day. It has so many scenes which will make you so happy that you will hold your stomach with lau
Lucy Powrie
I didn’t intend to read Unconventional in a day; it just happened. One minute I’d started the first page and the next I was scrambling to find time to read the rest because I rapidly became obsessed.

Unconventional is told from the perspective of Lexi Angelo, who has grown up helping her dad with his comic convention business. What started as a small gathering has now turned into multiple huge, national events and Lexi is a teen superqueen and helps run the whole thing. When Lexi turns up in the
May 31, 2017 rated it liked it
Recommended to Laura by: Irisheyz77

Unconventional has a frantic, fun feel to it that propels you along from convention to convention. I loved the pace and environment of the conventions. Lexi and her Dad and her family of friends plan and organize fan conventions. Of course, plans have a way of falling apart once the conventions start, but Lexi and her team can fix and overcome anything at this point. Lost dogs, lost phones, glue in all the wrong places and more! Lexi grew up in the convention life. Her calendar, lists, and clipb
Lauren James
Nov 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing

Deliciously slow burning romance, characters that demand to be adored from the very first page and the most unique setting in contemporary YA ever....Maggie Harcourt has captured my heart with Lexi & Aidan's love story.
Olga Godim
Jul 04, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: mainstream
Many reviews compare this book to Rainbow Rowell. There are similarities, yes, but personally, I like Rowell much, much better. This book just didn’t do it for me, didn’t hit that elusive note that makes readers open their eyes wide, say “Ahh!” and smile.
The protagonist Lexi is seventeen. Her divorced father owns a company that organizes book and comics conventions, and Lexi is her father’s unpaid assistant. She manages the conventions’ staff. Conventions are her life, and the novel is built ar
Book Riot Community
I spent many happy hours binge reading this British YA novel set in the world of fan conventions. Lexi has been helping her dad run events her whole life, and she’s great at it — but meeting a hot new author has her flustered. This has all the things I love most about YA novels: it’s funny, emotionally intense, and just the right amount of sweet — and, because it’s British, also full of delightfully awkward moments which are far more reminiscent of my adolescence than some of the rainbows and un ...more
Dec 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing
A love letter to the geeky, magical, out of this world, unforgettable realm of fandoms and all who dwell in them. This book is a celebration of loving things deeply, right down to their dodgy carpets, pineapple personalities and nervous ticks. Full to the brim with winks and nods to the many idiosyncrasies of convention communities. On a personal level this book brought me back to my teenage SciFi nerd convention days, and all the ways that life led to my dream job. If Maggie could have written ...more
Dana Kenedy (Dana and the Books)
Overall really cute. But the first half was definitely much better than the second half. I felt it may have worked better as novella rather than a full length novel.
5/5. I didn't know I needed this book. It was so good!! ...more
Patricia Crowther
Jul 09, 2017 rated it liked it
It was a strong start and the insight into conventions was really interesting but I just didn't feel the chemistry between the MC's so didn't really care for the romance. A teeny tiny bit predictable and not really much in the way of angst or drama. If you liked When Dimple Met Rishi, you'd probably like this too. Sweet but not much substance! ...more
Cora Tea Party Princess
I am filled with love for this book.

Review to come.
Feb 05, 2017 rated it liked it
Things I really liked: the convention setting, the behind-the-scenes atmosphere, Lexi's fabulous group of friends/co-workers, Melinda Salisbury's cameo.

Things I thought were just OK: the romance that felt like Lexi and Aiden were Romeo and Juliet, both in the falling-in-love sense and the barely-knowing-anything-about-each-other-beyond-the-facade sense, the cliched I-don't-like-my-Stepmum subplot.

Things I didn't like: the double life of Aidan Green/Haydn Swift, pretending he was all Hannah Monta
Jan 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019
4,5 stars. After a slow start, I really did enjoy Unconventional a whole lot (proof: easily reading 50 pages per sitting when I usually do 30). I liked the writing style, even though there’s a bit too much of that cursive emphasis going on. I feel like Lexi should’ve been a bit older, realistically? The romance was okay but I wasn’t fangirling about it and I guess in the end that’s why I rounded down instead of up. Liked the storyline with her dad, loved the cover and inner artwork and ADORED th ...more
Feb 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: young-adult
An unconventional convention story about a boy, a girl, an author, their book and a romance for the ages.

Loaded with humour, awkward moments and lots of hiding under tables, Unconventional is a liberating story perfect for any reader.

Feb 28, 2017 added it
I loved this book, Unconventional is super geeky and cute and I flew through the pages <3 *Review to come*
Jun 12, 2017 rated it liked it
Unconventional started off really strongly, with an interesting array of characters and showing us the backstage life of a convention.

However, as it progressed, the story started to feel a little bit tired - Lexi was on an emotional rollercoaster and her mood swings between "he knows me" and "he doesn't know me" started to irritate. I didn't particularly feel the chemistry between her and Aidan and maybe it was the chosen format that worked against the book - the pair only ever meets at convent
Fiona M
Jan 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
I REALLY enjoyed this book. It was just what I needed to get me out of my horrid reading slump. Something that was easy to read and quick too! (I was a bit worried going as it was over 400pages) I loved that is was set at conventions and I'm sure we can all relate to that time we met our favourite authors and how we felt. I love the little references to the YA community and it's authors. It made me laugh and smile and I stayed up till 1am to finish it. Lexi was a great character, you could reall ...more
Jan 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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This was such an adorable book! This was my first audiobook on Audible and although I had some technical issues with it, I managed to read this so quick and it was such a unique reading experience.

This book is, in my opinion, a little like Fangirl but British. Our protagonist is Lexi Angelo, the daughter of a guy who runs conventions like Comic-Con and other fandom-related events. She helps out with her friends as well as studies, and loves to be organised with her clipboard. And speaking o
enqi ☁️✨
Jul 16, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: standalones, 2017
"You're you, Lexi Angelo. And that's... that's exactly why I've fallen for you."

What I liked about this book:

> The entire convention setting. Seriously, it was so realistic and well-written. I loved reading about all the behind-the-scenes stuff.
> Aidan. He was so dorky and sweet and adorable and a really swoony love interest (albeit in a geeky way).
"All I can see is you."
> Lexi's group of close friends. Especially her best friend Sam.
> Lexi's character arc. I may not have really liked
Wiebke (1book1review)
This book was just perfect for me.
I loved the setting at conventions and how it reminded me of the times I was involved in conventions.
I loved how the characters were real, how I could identify friends immediately and how I could relate to the narrator on certain levels.
I loved how the characters were introduced and described, not too much attention paid to looks and superficial things but rather what you really notice about them.
I loved the love story, yes I did. It wasn't unbelievable and not
Katie Hurse
Nov 06, 2017 rated it liked it
I so wanted this to be better than it was. For me, the main issue was that the book was set up to me a pretty great romance at its core when in reality, the romance seemed insignificant for large amounts of the book. It was pretty bizarre - one second Lexi & Aidan were friendly/flirty whilst locked in the convention room (one of the only scenes where they had some serious chemistry going on) and then they were emailing and suddenly they were a couple...I don't think the month-by-month structure ...more
Apr 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Never before have I read a book that I smiled almost all of the way through. This book is funny, nerdy, witty and lovely. I totally love Aiden and Lexi's relationship and the relationships between the rest of the characters seemed real and genuine. I cried, laughed, smiled. Really enjoyed this. ...more
“Everyone’s a fan of someone …”

I think that quote sums up exactly why I loved this book so much. Any book that has something to do with fandoms or being a fan girl is going to resonate so strongly with so many people, especially us bookish folk who tend to be so highly invested in our favourite novels and authors.

Unsurprisingly, Unconventional is a story set around fan conventions. I read this in the run up to and during YALC weekend and it was the perfect companion. I loved Lexi, our MC, so muc
Jessie  (Ageless Pages Reviews)
A fun, occasionally a tad overwrought - as Lexie would doubtless acknowledge, story of nerd love between two genuine dorks. Charming and pretty lol-worthy.
Nov 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This book is super cute. I enjoyed it completely and my inner teen is completely in love with Aidan.

Unconventional appeals to that geeky side of me. I've never been to a convention but I very much appreciate fandom and those people who would willing spend a huge amount of time and huge going to such events to sit around and geek out together over their favourite shows and actors because I've done it far too many times at book events over authors with my blogger friends .... I am the girl who sem
Anka Räubertochter
Aug 06, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: ebook
2.5 stars

Whoever said that Maggie Harcourt was a British Rainbow Rowell was obviously lying or doesn't love Rowell's books as much as I do. "Unconventional" is not quite as funny as "Carry On", and the characters aren't nearly as lovable as in "Fangirl".

Instead, this novel features a 17 year old girl who could easily be mistaken as being only 12 given how immature she reacts to everything. She makes such a big deal about her dad marrying again and doesn't grow during the story at all. Her crush
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Maggie Harcourt was born and raised in Wales, where she grew up dreaming of summer road trips and telling stories for a living. As well as studying Medieval Literature at UCL, Maggie has variously worked as a PA, a hotel chambermaid and for a French chef before realising her dreams and beginning to write full time.

She now lives just outside Bath, UK, where she can usually be found in a bookshop or

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