This could be the fastest I’ve ever managed to get up a blog post up after finishing a book… Let’s hope it continues! Read on to find out what I thought of Love and Other Man-Made Disasters by Nicola Doherty.
Love and Other Man-Made Disasters by Nicola Doherty
Publication Date: 02 June 2016
Publisher: Hachette Children’s Group
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.
I’ll be honest, I’ve had Love and Other Man-Made Disasters by Nicola Doherty on my Kindle for quite a few months now… *guilty face* I have just had so many cracking books to read through that unfortunately this particular book slipped down the To Be Read list. However, during one particularly long train journey, I decided to give it a go.
In Love and Other Man-Made Disasters, we meet Juno, who is a bit of a worrier. Due to studying “burn-out”, she is told that she needs to step away from the revision and “relax”. Dragged along to a ski resort on the family holiday with her mum, her brand new stepdad and step brothers, she is reluctant to ski. What if she falls over? What if she is terrible at it? Why can’t she revise in peace? These worries melt away when she meets Boy, a hunky ski-instructor… And that’s where the story begins. Oo-er.
As you can imagine, the story of Love and Other Man-Made Disasters was a touch predictable. As I’m not the intended audience, this isn’t of huge concern for me. However, an area of concern for me is the pace of the novel. I have to say that I found it rather odd… The book spans about 1-2 weeks but yet it didn’t seem like that much happened overall. The main event, or “triggering event”, didn’t seem to happen until about the 50% mark, and matters were resolved quite late on at about 90-95%.
In terms of characters I found Juno, our narrator and protaganist, to be likeable although, I would also say rather flat. I would have liked to have got to know her better. The supporting characters, such as Tara and Lara (nope, not even twins -separate characters!) were forgettable and dare I say, one-dimensional. Not to fear, as I think the idea was that the overall story was about Juno and how to find the courage to be brave in life.
I read Love and Other Man-Made Disasters in about 2 hours, and yes, even I was surprised at how quickly I read it. I had to keep double checking that my Kindle wasn’t broken! I would pitch this book as being suitable for teens of ages 12+, but perhaps those older than 16 may find this book to be predictable and lacking in action. For me it was enjoyable and it certainly helped my train journey go faster, but it’s not a book I’m going to shout about from the rooftops.