I received this book for free from Hachette Children's Books in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Love and Other Man-Made Disasters by Nicola Doherty
Published by Hachette Children's Group on June 2nd 2016
Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary
Source: Hachette Children's Books
A contemporary teen romance by Irish author, Nicola Doherty, about facing your fears and falling in love. A story with humour and heart, this book is perfect for fans of Sophie Kinsella, Holly Smale and Stephanie Perkins.
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.
Review: I have always had a soft spot for contemporary YA. It’s probably one of my favourite genres and it’s always been one of my default writing loves as well. While some people may feel the US have the edge on contemporary YA, I think YA based in the UK and Ireland has so much to offer and is seriously underrated. When I read the summary for Love and Other Man-Made Disasters on Netgalley, I had to read it. The ski resort setting also reminded me a little of the film Chalet Girl which I secretly loved.
Juno is a slightly anxious teenager who worries a lot. Now Juno is being forced to go on a skiing holiday with her mum and her mum’s new husband and his twin boys.
This is a great, easy to read, enjoyable summer read (despite the chilliness of skiing) and I read it in about two sittings. Juno really works as a character and she’s very relatable. Doherty makes her sympathetic without coming across as a caricature. The narrative voice is strong and draws you in. Juno is a worried teenager, worried about A-levels and what-ifs and I’m sure many readers can relate to this. Juno grows a lot within the novel. It’s great to read as she steps out of her comfort zone by learning to ski, meeting new people and forming new friendships and relationships.
Juno’s relationship with Boy developed well and and is nicely written by Doherty. That said, Boy did not work for me personally as a character name, albeit a nickname, but this didn’t pull me out of the story. Their relationship isn’t smooth sailing but felt plausible. I loved how their relationship developed and grew through the book and their dialogue.
The ski resort setting worked very well as well as being a YA novel setting I hadn’t read before. Overall, Love and Other Man-Made Disasters is an ideal summer read.