Review: Love and Other Man-Made Disasters by Nicola Doherty

Love and Other Man-Made DisastersLove and Other Man-Made Disasters by Nicola Doherty
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

ARC kindly provided by Hachette Children’s Books in exchange for an honest review.


‘Love and Other Man-Made Disasters’ probably isn’t the BEST YA romance novel in the world. To be COMPLETELY honest, I couldn’t find anything in it that was particularly special. There was all that typical drama rama about first love and the first, nervous experiences teenagers have with them. So blah, blah, blah.
Nothing special, like I said.
What did appeal to me was the skiing. I haven’t come across many young-adult novels with skiing being somehow incorporated into them: Actually, I think this is my first. I enjoyed the little tid-bits that the author provided but I felt like there just wasn’t enough in it to make me COMPLETELY believe in the setting – or rather enough to make reading about this new place, as an adventure, very enticing.
There weren’t much facts, and I believe the author missed out on them. If she could have explored skiing a bit more maybe from Boy’s point of view, it would have made the story more solid and well developed. It definitely would have said that the author dedicated time to research the information.
The best way to describe this novel as a whole is probably…EASY. It was an easy read; I quickly flew through it and really didn’t think much of it afterwards. I’d strongly recommend to read this if you are going somewhere snowy! It definitely feels like the type of read that great to fly through or take on a journey you know will probably pull you away often.
I think its lightness mostly stemmed from the fact that it didn’t delve into the deep dark side of the characters.
I’m being very honest here: Boy and Juno are two I don’t see a very long future for. They were just different for each other and whilst I was caught up in their romance for a little while, and they did seem appealing together in the moment, I can’t imagine them lasting long. Just…putting my opinion out there.
The pace was steady and a bit boring. Just too average for my liking.
The writing was well done but again nothing special.
The cover was…interesting…but once again I felt like it didn’t capture what the novel was REALLY about. Like it attempted too but didn’t quite get there.
Emotionally, I couldn’t really connect with either of the characters. It was like every experience was from behind a thinly stretched bubble wrap that almost had me feeling what they were feeling but not quite.
Congratulations to Nicole Doherty on publishing her latest novel!

Rating Plan
1 star : Strongly did not like the book, writing and plot was bad. Idea of the book was against my liking.
2 star : Didn’t like it, didn’t find it interesting or gripping. Seemed to drag on to me.
3 star : An average book. Wasn’t bad or good. Everything else was well done. Original idea.
4 star : Like a 3 star but has potential to it as a series or the book grew on me as it progressed and certain scenes captured me. I Enjoyed it and read it in one sitting.
5 star : I LOVED IT! I stayed up late until 3 am. Author is a genius, characters, plot, idea, development, EVERYTHING was EXCELLENT. Nothing else can possibly be said except that its 5 STAR!

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