Sunday, August 14, 2011

Beautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuire

Release Date: 05.26.2011
Publisher: Jamie McGuire, LLC
Age Group: Young Adult
Pages: 454

The new Abby Abernathy is a good girl. She doesn’t drink or swear, and she has the appropriate percentage of cardigans in her wardrobe. Abby believes she has enough distance between her and the darkness of her past, but when she arrives at college with her best friend America, 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 needs—and wants—to avoid. He spends his nights winning money in a floating fight ring, and his days as the charming college co-ed. Intrigued by Abby’s resistance to his charms, 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’ apartment for the same amount of time. Either way, Travis has no idea that he has met his match.

***This probably has some spoilers***

Okay, I am so conflicted on this book I actually don't think I can give it a rating. I can rant (sort of) about it and if it sounds like something you would like to read, then by all means go and read it (if you have a nook it's only like 5 bucks--score!)

So I've been in the mood for romance lately (I am planning on stealing Anna and the French Kiss from Amanda as soon as I am able) so I was GoodReads-ing to no end trying to find the one book that was going to be everything I was looking for (think like The Duff, but after my eighth time reading that I think it was time for something new)

I found Beautiful Disaster and everybody seemed to really really enjoy it and it sort of gave off a Perfect Chemistry vibe, (which OMG Chain Reaction comes out on Tuesday, who else is excited?!) so I was sitting there like sexy romance?! Bring it on!

First of all, I would like to say that it should really get a new description because the one that is currently on it is for like the first 50 pages of the book. So you're sitting there like okay.... now what's supposed to happen? So, yeah.

On one hand, the story was really well written, it was paced nicely. Had wonderful supporting characters and backstory...

On the other hand it was one of those books where the whole scenario of the whole book could have been avoided, yes, it's one of those books. Where you sit there the whole time and think of ways that every plot riff could be avoided. And Travis, the leading male, was way too aggressive for my taste, so that didn't really help either.

Well, those are my thoughts. I will not be including ratings because I have no idea how I would rate this.

I hope everyone is having a lovely weekend and sorry about the many random thoughts in parentheses. :)



  1. It sounds soo good from the synopsis. So sad that the synopsis was kind of misleading. =/ Still, I am glad that you thought it was well-written and nicely paced. Maybe I will try this one eventually. =) Thanks for the review!!

  2. This book was a hook, line and sink'er for me. I was up till 3 in the morning because I just couldnt put it down. Just when you thought that the 'drama' over over and you could put it down and walk away and be ok with a break from reading, Jamie throws in some twist and your right back into the story. I kept finding myself saying "ok - just 1 more chapter" and 3 chapters later I'm still saying "really, just 1 more and I'm going to bed". I love how the 2 main characters were so dark in their own ways and you just knew that they are like oil and water together but somehow it mixed perfectly. I kept thinking I knew how something was going to turn out (Travis kills a guy and ends up in prison, Abby ends up pregnant and goes off the deep end) but my predictions never happened.

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