Review: Love and Other Man Made Disasters by Nicola Doherty

Love and Other Man-Made Disasters





Juno is scared of a lot of things. Climate change, urban foxes, zombies - the usual. So when she goes on a skiing holiday with her mum's adrenaline-mad new husband and his tearaway twins, she doesn't hold much hope of surviving. Then she meets Boy. Gruff, hairy and thrill-seeking, he's everything Juno doesn't like. Or is he? Juno's about to discover there's nothing more scary than falling in love.

This book was a cute summer read, despite the cold, ski lodge setting. I really enjoyed it despite the fact that I did definitely find a lot of faults and even a few inconsistencies.

Juno was an interesting character. At the start I thought she was a completely spoilt brat, she did become more likeable - I can't lie and say she was a great main character though. Boy was also an interesting character, interesting meaning that I actually liked him to start with but towards the end he became a complete idiot - I know that he had his reasons for his attitude towards the end but honestly I just couldn't get behind the two of them and their relationship.

The setting was great though, and despite the execution being lacking with regards to the main relationships I did enjoy the direction the book took. Doherty has a way of writing fun and sweet descriptions and dialogue. I loved Tara especially for this. I did find a few inconsistencies, Juno was taken on as a chalet host with very little training and no kind of CRB checks or anything even though she was working around kids. Also, at the start Juno's family state that Tara is a brilliant cook, but just a few chapters in Tara can barely make a soup - this really stood out to me as a lack of consistency.

Overall, Love and Other Man Made Disasters was a very cute read but it wasn't stand out for me, it was sort of meh. I read it pretty quickly and I know it's not really going to be memorable.


Overall Rating: C-

Book released June 2nd by Hachette Children's group
Book received from the publisher/author in exchange for an honest review

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