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Unconventional by Maggie Harcourt

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In a Nutshell: The buzz of conventions, fangirling and falling in love | Fabulous feel-good feast following the rollercoaster ride of running conventions, and finding love when you least expect it.

Lexi Angelo is High Priestess of the Order of the Clipboard. That is to say, on top of her college studies, she works for her dad’s event business and knows all there is to know about running conventions, which is why she ejects an irritating unaccounted-for person from the Green Room of one of her events. Unfortunately for Lexi, this seemingly smug individual turns out to be Hayden Swift, the nineteen-year-old author of a novel she utterly adores. How can the creator of a fictional world she loves so much be this infuriating in real life?! But, ever the professional, Lexi supports the nervous author through his first event. After a succession of somewhat awkward liaisons, they become close, but will her insecurity about being “just the girl with the clipboard” put paid to their relationship?

Alongside the romance and entertaining insights into the craziness, camaraderie and competiveness of convention life, seeing Lexi come to terms with her dad’s remarriage, and learning to value who she is, provide some truly moving moments. Aficionados of the UKYA world will love the cameo appearances of contemporary authors, and Lexi’s best friend, wonderful wig-wearing cosplay queen Sam, is exactly the kind of person you want on your side. Highly recommended for fans of Rainbow Rowell. ~ Joanne Owen


Unconventional by Maggie Harcourt

Lexi’s life has always been behind the scenes, helping her dad organise conventions. She has a clipboard. Clipboards are good. Clipboards are safe. And Lexi knows exactly what to do when things go wrong. But when debut author Aidan Green tumbles messily into her life, Lexi suddenly finds that she has no idea what comes next… In a flurry of awkward encounters, lost schedules and late-night conversations, Lexi discovers that some things can’t be planned. Things like falling in love.

About the Author

Maggie Harcourt

Like Limpet, Steffan and Jared, 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, and still visits Wales to wander the Carmarthenshire beaches and countryside. Read a Q&A with the author here.

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Publication date

1st February 2017


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Usborne Publishing Ltd


464 pages
Interest Age: From 14 years


NewGen - YA Fiction
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