Review: Unconventional, by Maggie Harcourt

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Author: Maggie Harcourt
Publisher: Usborne
Release Date: February 1st 2017
Genre: YA, Contemporary, Romance
Pages: 464
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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…
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I think it was probably last December when I first discovered the hype for this book and I too joined in on it. It sounded like such a good idea, especially with the fact that it had real-life author cameos! And it was a good idea too…

But I’m going to have to be brutally honest and admit that I was sort of disappointed with this read. It’s hard to enjoy a romance when you don’t like the guy the protagonist is pining over, especially since the romance itself was quite predictable and Aidan was just an annoying and untrustworthy bloke and Lexi could’ve done much better…

I hate bashing this book though because there were lots of great things to it. The setting, for one. I adored how each convention was set in a different place in the UK. Loved, loved, loved that idea and the atmosphere for each was incredible.

Also, it contained some definite loveable characters such as Lexi, of course, and her best friend Sam! And how could you not love Sam’s Mum and her girlfriend Leonie? I just wish they had been in it a bit more…

Also, Non bloody Pratt was mentioned (just finished her Unboxed, adored it) which was a lovely surprise. Unconventional also had a lot of humour that made the story and characters very enjoyable and laughable.

For me, unfortunately, this book was just filled with too many clichés for my liking and the romance boring and unbelievable.

3 stars out of 5.