How did I get it?:
NetGalley- thanks to Hatchette Children’s Books/Orion
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.
Sometimes I just like reading a bit of cute and that’s exactly what I got from Nicola Doherty’s Love And Other Man Made Disasters. It didn’t take me long to read at all. I can totally appreciate that there are some moments that seem a bit out of character for our main character Juno, but if you can let that go then I think this would be a perfect contemporary for you. It definitely screams holiday read to me.
Juno is a girl that is worried about everything. You might think that she suffers from anxiety, but no, she’s a compulsive worrier about things like climate change, dangerous activities and zombies. Her worries don’t control her, they’re just always there. So when she goes on a skiing holiday with her mum, stepbrothers and stepfather, she is understandably a little worried. It is a dangerous activity after all. After her initial worries, Juno starts to feel better. Especially when she meets Boy, a guy who trains her how to ski. They fall in love in the process.
It was a little unbelievable in places. I wish it had gone more into how worries can affect you, Juno seemed to become less of a worrier over the holiday with no explanation of how she had got past her worries. She also made a decision to stay one more week, which seemed a little out of character.
There’s not much character development within the book, but it didn’t affect my enjoyment of the story. It was sweet, quick and easy to read. It’s definitely a candidate for a beach read if you like contemporary YA.
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