Hey guys!! I have the pleasure today to write a quick review of Conventionally Yours!! I would totally say I binge read it – I mean – I almost did, but I promised myself not to go to sleep too late. The one and only reason I did not stay up to read this beaut all night!!
Title: Conventionally Yours
Author: Annabeth Albert
Genre: YA Contemporary/Romance
Publisher: Sourcebooks Casa
Date published: June 2nd (today!!)
Rep: Main character with anxiety & asthma, Jewish, neuro-diverse main character, non binary rep (and other LGBTQ+ rep – main characters & many side characters)
Length: 320 pages
Content warning: ill loved one, anxiety, family problems (homophobia)
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When two “big name fans” go head-to-head at a convention, love isn’t the only thing at stake.
Charming, charismatic, and effortlessly popular, Conrad Stewart seems to have it all…but in reality, he’s scrambling to keep his life from tumbling out of control.
Brilliant, guarded, and endlessly driven, Alden Roth may as well be the poster boy for perfection…but even he can’t help but feel a little broken inside.
When these mortal enemies are stuck together on a cross-country road trip to the biggest fan convention of their lives, their infamous rivalry takes a backseat as an unexpected connection is forged. Yet each has a reason why they have to win the upcoming Odyssey gaming tournament and neither is willing to let emotion get in the way―even if it means giving up their one chance at something truly magical.
*Thank you to Netgalley and Sourcebooks Casa for giving me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.*
OH MY GOD. Okay so I’ve finished this book and my thoughts are all over the place – bear with me.
This isn’t only an enemies to lovers book. It’s a well done enemies to lovers book. And if you know anything at all about me, I LOVE ENEMIES TO LOVERS. Add to that a road trip and a “there’s only one bed”???? This book was practically made for me.
And I was not disappointed. Both the main characters are awesome. I loved how well rounded they were, with their own issues and problems and complicated families – because no one is perfect. Both characters were so loveable. Maybe I had a soft spot for Alden because he reminded me of Lan Wanji – not gonna lie – but he grew on me SO MUCH as the chapters went by. Conrad didn’t even need to grow on me at all. Since the beginning, I loved him!! I really liked reading about a character that is more on the introvert side and has some trouble being social. We don’t often read about characters like that, and I really want to read more books with characters like this to educate myself further.
Plus, I really liked the way the non-binary rep was done; subtly enough to not make it a big deal (it was completely normal and the character isn’t misgendered/mispronouned ONCE) but firmly enough that, well you would notice and that it was there. I don’t really like it whenever LGBTQ+ characters are made to be some kind of big deal thing as if LGBTQ+ wasn’t a normal thing. It might not be completely normalised in real life yet, but the first step is to normalise it in books/movies/etc. And that was well done in my opinion in this book!! (of course rep is important and should be a big deal, but people have to stop making it seem as if LGBTQIAP+ characters shouldn’t be portrayed as/aren’t normal people)
The story in itself was really great. The pace was perfect for me, and the relationship was just slow burn enough that I wanted to rip my hair out (in a good way lol) but like… not too much that I wanted to give up. This isn’t a slow burn romance per say, but it’s not as if the romance happened immediately. The chemistry between Conrad and Alden was immediate for me, almost so immediate it’s ridiculous! Literally the first chapter I was like hehehehehehe and rubbing my hands happily like some insane person. The competition between Conrad and Alden was also another subplot of the story I really enjoyed. I thought that maybe it could turn into something toxic – thank GOD that was absolutely not the case!!!
The whole world of Odyssey was very well done in my opinion. Tabletop games are definitely not my thing – and to be frank it took me a little while to figure all of it out – but I ended up loving it!!! I got so invested in the games (especially the one game oh my god I was almost jumping out of my skin). I know some people thought it was boring, but I really don’t agree. I thought they were fun to read!!
Not to mention the little touches of humour throughout the book that were just delightful.
This is a book I really recommend. This is a light, fun read that gets you hooked from the very first page with an adorable couple that will make your heart so full and warm!!!
Have you read this? Tell me what you thought if you did, and if you didn’t, if you plan to!!
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