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Book Review: Beautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuire

BEAUTIFUL DISASTER
Author: Jamie McGuire (Website | Twitter)
Publication Date: May 26, 2011

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SYNOPSIS

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 needs—and wants—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.

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BOOK REVIEW

Beautiful Disaster is told from Abby Abernathy’s POV, a freshman student at Eastern University. The story starts off with Abby and her friend, America, going into this top secret underground fight where people take a bet and watch fighters fumble around the place trying to land punches on each other’s faces. They had the knowledge about this because America is currently dating the cousin of Eastern’s infamous Travis “Mad Dog” Maddox. With Abby eager to witness the fight up close, she pretty much ended up in the front row of everything. Splotches of blood even graced her sweater, eeek! That’s when her presence definitely grabbed the attention of our bad boy Travis.

It may have taken me a couple of days to finish this one but I was only prolonging and taking in every single cheesy and swoon worthy line included in this book. Ignore the number of days, I can certainly tell you that Beautiful Disaster is quite a fast paced story which just completely and directly sucks you in to it. There may or may not be un/expected twists and turns in the story but it’ll just make you crave for more and make you want to fly right through the next pages.

This book sure gave us a lot. It dealt with friendship, young love, heartache, family, home and second chances. Our experiences may not be like how Beautiful Disaster exactly portrayed it to be but in one way or another we can still say that we had gone through those too – experiencing a friendship that you fruitfully cherish, someone sweeps you off your feet and made you swoon or on the flip side broke your heart. Now let’s do some talking about the characters.

The main characters, Abby and Travis, may be flawed and stupid at times but I assure you that they are and their story is entertaining. I don’t know about you but I’m definitely laughing on how dense Abby is in the story. Like, seriously? It’s sooooo obvious that Travis wants her and she acts like…

Entering Beautiful Disaster’s story, readers were already given this preconceived notion about Travis’ character which is as stated in the summary: “… 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.”

Yes, all of those things stated are true (and consider that as Travis’ “pre-Abby existence in his life” days) but I tell you guys that there’s more to his character than that. Once you get to know more of him, you’ll figure out that he isn’t that bad. Don’t judge and close off your mind with only knowing him by those characteristics. There were certain scenes wherein Travis may have gone overboard in protecting Abby but it just comes across as wanting to protect her to keep her safe and not to do anything stupid. Honestly though, this book made me feel more for Travis rather than for Abby. Because most of the times I just wanna shake Abby’s shoulder and talk some sense into her.

Friendship. I seriously want to have a BFF just like America because she’s one tough gal. She knows when and how to stand up for herself and for the people she loves, even sacrificing her own happiness in the midst of it. Another friendship that I love in this book is of Travis and Abby, especially with how Travis shows that he values it.

The ending. I was shocked with how the ending went. No worries, it’s a HEA but just wow. I just wasn’t expecting that to happen because that’s a huge step and that was fast for them to consider it. Eh but still, I’m very happy for them. They deserve that kind of happiness and peace for themselves.

I’m afraid to start reading Walking Disaster because it’s basically Beautiful Disaster but in Travis’ POV. I’m not yet ready to feel his actual pain during those scenes in the book where he is heartbroken, in pain … “To douchebags!” he said, gesturing to Brad. “And to girls that break your heart,” he bowed his head to me. His eyes lost focus. “And to the absolute fucking horror of losing your best friend because you were stupid enough to fall in love with her.” – Travis

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