Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Review: Beautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuire

Beautiful Disaster (Beautiful #1) 
by Jamie McGuire
published by Atria Books
August 14, 2012
432 Pages
Ages 17 +

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Abby Abernathy is a good girl. She doesn’t drink or swear, and she has the appropriate number of cardigans in her wardrobe. Abby believes she has enough distance from the darkness of her past, but when she arrives at college with her best friend, her path to a new beginning is quickly challenged by Eastern University’s Walking One-Night Stand.

Travis Maddox, lean, cut, and covered in tattoos, is exactly what Abby wants—and needs—to avoid. He spends his nights winning money in a floating fight ring, and his days as the ultimate college campus charmer. Intrigued by Abby’s resistance to his appeal, Travis tricks her into his daily life with a simple bet. If he loses, he must remain abstinent for a month. If Abby loses, she must live in Travis’s apartment for the same amount of time. Either way, Travis has no idea that he has met his match.


I have been hearing a lot of great things about this book. I have even heard some people find similarities between it and the 50 Shades (which is by no means even close to a YA book). Or at least the two books used in the same sentence. Now, I haven't made it past the first 50 Shades book, but I don't think this book is anything like it. For one, it is extremely well written. 

Maybe it is the co-dependency aspect? There were, at times, in this book, that Travis became really creepy to me when it came to that. But I do think that is the point. He is this extremely hot guy who feels nothing for no one, uses people for his own means/pleasure and now finds himself feeling something very deeply for someone else, and he just doesn't want to let her go. To the point of obsessiveness. But she is so totally in love with him that it didn't faze her. Even when they found themselves apart, they were still technically together. 

And there were a lot of weird things thrown in, like gambling, Vegas, mobsters and underground college fighting circles. But it is written in a way that makes it all fall in place. Although, a bunch of college kids just jetting off to Vegas for a weekend, makes you wonder where they get their funds. Well, at least you know where two of them get them, at least. Some of it anyway. 

Was this book perfect? No. Were there flaws? Yes. Does it matter? Not one bit. 

Beautiful Disaster is the perfect title for this book. 

I got emotional many times throughout the book, happy, sad, crying, angry, every facet of emotions I could go through. And I could not put this book down. It is the first book in a long time that I read so quickly, to the point of putting off things that needed done so I could get it finished. And even now I still find myself thinking about it. I want to go back to certain parts of the book and reread them. This book has implanted itself into my brain, and will most likely be there for a while to come. 
This is definitely a must read.



  1. I liked this book, but I felt that Travis and Abby did not have a healthy relationship. Don't get me wrong I completely addicted to this book and flew through it, but certain scenes unsettled me.

    1. Lisa, I totally agree with you. I by no means advocate their relationship in any way, shape, or form, and I too wonder how things will work out for them. It is a very co-dependent relationship, but they keep finding their way back to each other. I would really love to see their future, how things turn out. But having said that, I still really do love this book, and have found myself starting it over again. I think that different people are going to look at them in different ways, and that is one great thing about this book. It is a great book for discussion, IMO.

  2. Gosh I want to read this book, heard so many awesome things about it and with book 2 on the way I need to read it!

  3. My biggest problem with this book was that I didn't feel Travis had a past that would warrant him being the ass he was for part of the book. I really felt like we missed out on learning who Travis really is and I just hope that the next book will bring some clarity to that since the book is told from his perspective.

    Thanks for the great review, I hope you enjoy Walking Disaster!

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