Love & Other Natural Disasters
“When Nozomi Nagai pictured the ideal summer romance, a fake one wasn’t what she had in mind. That was before she met the perfect girl. Willow is gorgeous, glamorous, and…heartbroken? And when she enlists Nozomi to pose as her new girlfriend to make her ex jealous, Nozomi is a willing volunteer. Because Nozomi has a master plan of her own: one to show Willow she’s better than a stand-in, and turn their fauxmance into something real. But as the lies pile up, it’s not long before Nozomi’s schemes take a turn toward disaster…and maybe a chance at love she didn’t plan for.”
What a sweet little read! Don’t come here hoping for anything deep though. You’ll need to suspend your disbelief a bit, and also be willing to play along with the stupidity of some characters. I was all for ZoZo not having done anything wrong. Ok, she didn’t explain herself very well, but hey! Everyone else was happy to go along with the lie! And they blame her. Pah.
Is it just me, or did the cultural backgrounds of each of the characters not really mean anything? I knew that ZoZo was of Asian descent because of her name, but the rest? I didn’t really keep track. It’s refreshing that it didn’t matter and that I didn’t notice, but is that truly the way things are? I very briefly noticed that Arden was darker than the rest due to Willow’s make-up stash, but that was about it.
I’m not sure how I felt about Baba’s ending. Was there a right answer? I wanted there to at least be another answer. Even if hiring help just delays the problem, I thought that Baba deserved something more. Also, it’s been years since I thought about Saruko’s thousand cranes. How old is Dela in that her parents could get away with that for so long? I guess there is seeing and realising, and seeing and pointedly ignoring!
A refreshing lack of straight relationships here! I didn’t really get Max and ZoZo’s relationship – I can’t imagine being that rude to my older brothers (who would no doubt sit on me at the thought of such a thing!). The only straight relationship we see is approaching divorce. Oh, and I guess Baba and Jiji, but we don’t actually know what happened to Jiji.
Anyway, I gulped this down as an eBook from my library and now, a couple of months later, barely remember the storyline and don’t really care about any of the characters. So I guess it’s 3 stars from me.