One bad habit that I possess (along with numerous other readers, I’m sure) is buying books that have been hyped/featured on social media without knowing much about them. One of those books more recently was Unconventional by Maggie Harcourt: all I knew was that it featured fandom as a primary plot device. Several months later, whilst at YALC, I heard the author speak on a panel and almost everything she said resonated with me to such a degree that I knew I desperately needed to read her novel for the 2017 Reading Challenge.
Author: Maggie Harcourt
Category: #57 A book about a writer
“Funny things, words. Big words, small words; words that are bigger on the inside and packed tight with feeling. They can make us fall in love, and they can break our hearts and we’re powerless against them.”
Lexi’s father runs a convention business, (with a lot of help from his driven and motivated daughter), meaning that Lexi’s weekends are spent travelling up and down the country, putting on events where their guests can truly express themselves. Whilst Lexi adores spending time running conventions with her friends (the staff are like one big happy family), is she suppressing who she truly is as an individual?
When Lexi reads a proof copy of an incredible debut novel, she is tasked with getting its author, Hayden Swift, to make an appearance at their next convention. With Hayden and Lexi thrown into the spotlight, can they separate their public personas from their private lives?
I genuinely loved this novel: I felt personal connection with both Lexi and Hayden (and his alter ego), and the fact that the entire story revolved around comic-con (and more specifically the book related conventions) really struck a chord with me. It is a fun, fast-paced, friendship-fuelled (and romantically-driven) contemporary, and I’m very excited to discover more by Maggie Harcourt in the future.
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