title: Conventionally Yours
author: Annabeth Albert
release date: June 2, 2020
setting: (road trip) New Jersey to Las Vegas
publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca
genres: lgbtq, contemporary romance, mental health, road trip
I received a digital arc of this book via NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.
This was a totally out of my comfort zone book, but from the first page I was completely drawn in. Never would I have assumed that a book about a competitive fantasy card game would be so much fun.
Conrad and Alden don’t like each other. At all… but they have to interact with one another, seeing as they are both a part of the Gamer Grandpa streaming channel. The group has become quite popular and the friction between these two of the four players is a big hit with fans.
When their mentor, Professor Tuttle provides each of them with a shiny invitation to the ultimate gamer convention and tournament, the two learn that they will have to be forced into close proximity for 2 weeks.
Conrad cannot pass up this opportunity because he is running on fumes. Trying to work multiple jobs to stay afloat isn’t working for him anymore. And since the terrible thing happened a year ago, he has dropped out of college and lost friends. He needs to win this tournament!! Being stuck with Alden for weeks in end might sound like absolute hell, but he will put up with his stick in the mud, controlling antics none the less.
For Alden, he needs to win this tournament to get a spot in the pro tour. His moms are chomping at the bit for him to make some serious decisions about his future. Decisions that he just isn’t ready to make. On top of that, he is at a disadvantage socially because of some major anxiety issues that prevent him from feeling at all comfortable in many situations.
In this trip, Conrad and Alden learn that there is a lot more to one another than they had originally realized, and that while each getting to know the other, there may be a whole heck of a lot that they really like about the other. They make some realizations about themselves on this journey as well, finding strength in each other.
I loved this so much! Conrad and Alden were wonderful and the characters they meet along their journey were definitely interesting. The relationship between the two boys was perfection. They deal with some real life, serious issues and help each other find answers and perhaps even help find what they have been missing.
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.