Book Review: Beautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuire

by Jac on May 21, 2014

Book Review: Beautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuireBeautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuire
Series: Beautiful #1
Published by Simon and Schuster on 2012-07-12
Genres: Contemporary, Fiction, New Adult
Pages: 432
Format: Audiobook
The new 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.

A (non-blogging) friend posted Beautiful Disaster to her “Must Read” board on Pinterest not too long ago, and since we tend to agree on most books? I decided I would check it out! I had a road trip, so I opted to use some of my Audible credits for the book, and I set out on the 12 hour journey with my brand new book.

I finished the book during the trip (I listened at 1.5 speed – which is my standard for most audiobooks) and it took me a few days to figure out what I wanted to say in my review. See, I couldn’t stop this book. I was addicted. But when I step back and try to sort out my thoughts? It’s hard to say if I really liked it or not.

Travis is rather pathetic. He started out with such great potential (I think Jamie McGuire was trying for a Christian Grey/Gideon Cross type character, yet leave him in college.) He’s a bad boy, with all the amazing sexiness of a bad boy. He’s also wicked smart, and dedicated to school and his fighting. Yet, he falls madly in insta-love with Pidgeon (Abby Abernathy) and becomes this pathetic little puppy dog. (Seriously – no more badass, just a whipped little puppy dog.)

And Abby? O.M.G. I’m not even sure where to go with this. So I just won’t.

But this book? It’s like a train-wreck. Each time something happens? It’s bigger and more insane and unbelievable than the last twist. And it’s non-stop in the twists. Non-stop, I tell you. And I just couldn’t look away – I had to finish. I had to know all of Abby’s secrets.  (They weren’t believable, and they weren’t that fascinating.) And if Travis would rediscover his inner badass (he didn’t.)  And of course? I immediately had to download the second in the series (Walking Disaster) which is Travis’ story! (So stay tuned – after my drive home – for my full review of this one too! Maybe from his view point I’ll understand why he’s such a pansy!)

In the end, I had to give this one three stars. I was absorbed in it, and if I’m being honest? I liked it. Despite (or maybe in spite of?) it’s flaws!


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