Lexi Angelo has grown up helping her dad with his events business. She likes to stay behind the scenes, planning and organising…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…
There is nothing I love more than a contemporary novel, especially when it’s as sweet and charming as Unconventional. It was the perfect holiday reading with the first romance I’ve swooned over in quite some time. From the palm trees in the first chapter, I was absolutely hooked and it was almost a shame to put it down and go back to exploring Brisbane during my getaway.
Not being one for conventions myself, I’ll admit I was a little worried I’d be out of my depth. Would there be too many *insert popular fandom here* references for me? Unconventional strikes the perfect balance though, with little gems for those acquainted with convention life (including mentions of other UKYA authors like Non Pratt and Melinda Sailsbury, which I loved). Lexi has grown up living and breathing conventions, but she’s starting to question if she continues to follow her father’s path or if she should forge her own. And complicating that decision is an author she’s starting to get a crush on.
The reason this worked so well for readers like myself who have never been to a convention in their life is because it isn’t a homage to fan festivals. It’s about discovering who you are and, for Lexi, having the confidence to step out from under her father’s name. But Unconventional also does a brilliant job of conveying the convention atmosphere to someone like me. I’m sure even people who are regular convention goers would appreciate the behind-the-scenes look at how the events are pulled together. It was a fascinating world to get a glimpse of and there’s no one else I’d rather go on that journey with than Lexi.
The characters in Unconventional were so adorable and fun. I could definitely relate to ‘clipboard queen’ Lexi and her need to categorise and control most aspects of her life. I love the way Unconventional explored this when it came to her falling for Aiden. Any kind of romantic relationship involves letting go and opening up and that can be so incredibly scary, even more so because you’re trusting the other person not to break your heart. The blossoming romance was so cute, but I did love it wasn’t the only focus of the novel. In fact, my favourite relationship elements were between Lexi and best friend Sam and the father-daughter relationship, which was tested by a second marriage and new step-mother. Aiden was definitely a swoon-worthy love interest though and I loved his secret nerdy side.
If you want a fun read, look no further than Unconventional. With a blistering pace, heartfelt characters and a gorgeous romance, this book is the perfect light contemporary to get totally lost in.
P.S I love that this book was set in most of the places I’ll be staying in while I’m visiting the UK like York and Edinburgh!
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