Saturday, April 6, 2013

Book Review: Beautiful Disaster

Title Beautiful Disaster

Series Beautiful, book 1

Author Jamie McGuire

Release Date May 26, 2011


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.

You see up there in the blurb where it says this book is addictive? Yeah, before starting it, I didn't believe it would be. From the blurb, it seems to be one of those books where you can easily predict the outcome before even opening the book (and you can for the most part). How can a book like that possibly be addictive? I don't know, but it was! Beautiful Disaster was seriously hard to put down.

Beautiful Disaster was so good. Yeah, Abby and Travis don't have a healthy relationship. It's real, though. You've got two damaged young adults in a relationship. You're bound to have fights, yelling matches, and breakups. It was actually much more believable than the books that put two messed up people together and suddenly everything's all rainbows and sunshine. Come on, get real! While it would be nice if you could meet someone and have things be perfect right from the beginning, it rarely works out like that. In real life, much like the book, there are things to figure out and work through along the way.

The drama and craziness was the biggest reasons I loved Beautiful Disaster. If you like passionate romance with a side of crazy, I think you'd really enjoy this book.


5 out of 5 stars


  1. I read something recently that said studies show you actually enjoy a movie more when you know how it's going to turn out, because you can focus less on suspense and more on what's really going on. Maybe the same can apply to books?

  2. Hmm, that’s really interesting. It makes sense and if it applies to movies, I don’t see why it wouldn’t apply to books as well.


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