Beautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuire

Beautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuire

Beautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuire

Book #1, Beautiful
Published by Atria Books on November 27th 2012
Purchased copy from Fully Booked
432 pages
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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.

Typical love story: good girl and bad boy fall in love. However, Abby Abernathy isn’t your usual good girl and Travis Maddox isn’t your average bad boy. And the way they fall in love? It’s certainly not your typical love story.

Despite having said that, the book does have a lot of cliches. And I mean, A LOT. Good girl is utterly determined not to sleep with bad boy. Bad boy is not just bad, he’s also a play boy who sleeps with anything that’s moving and yet is also weirdly turned on by the girl who refuses to sleep with him. If you’ve read enough novels like this, you’ll be quite as certain as I was that two will get together anyway.

I was willing to let these pass. In fact, I was enjoying the novel despite said cliches. Almost halfway through the book though, I discovered how much of a DISASTER it was exactly.

Travis was kinda sorta maybe a little insane. First, there were his anger issues. It was way too extreme! Travis was way too hot-headed and honestly, it was not a turn-on at all. He was aggressive, violent, and totally scary you’d have thought he was deranged. Second, he was too possessive. At first, I thought “Aww, he’s so protective of Abby” but then he started flipping out like a crazy man every time someone went near her. I wanted to knock some sense into the guy’s head. Lastly, he was too dependent on Abby. Travis redefined the meaning of “I need you” and “I can’t live without you” and instead of sounding romantic, it came out desperate and a little creepy. The funny thing was, this codependency was actually brought up in the book and yet nothing was done to resolve it.

And then there’s Abby. Despite being more composed than Travis, this gal is worse. First, she can’t make up her mind. One minute she’s pushing Travis away, the next second she’s practically giving herself to him. Second, she comes off a little phony. The girl isn’t exactly a goody-goody after all. The pink cardigan is a sham. She’s quite a lot like Travis although in a different way. What’s sad though is that she denies it. Lastly, Abby is freaking merciless. She completely f*cks with Trav’s mind and this how I totally get why Trav becomes a little psychotic.

BUT. YES, THERE’S A HUGE FREAKING BUT. Having almost totally bashed the two main characters, I cannot deny that there were times I enjoyed reading them. Sometimes Abby could be pretty badass and sometimes Trav could be absolutely dorky. These two made me laugh and fall in love in their own twisted way. Sure, there were times I wanted to kill both characters. But there were also times I wanted to hug (Abby) and kiss (Trav) them. Times when I wanted to cry because of them. Those two are just!!!! I also liked the supporting characters, Shep, Mare and Finch. Shep and Mare were just adorable! I loved how Shep was so scared to lose Mare (at least he doesn’t go ballistic). And I loved Mare and Finch’s loyal friendship with Abby. Then there’s also Trav’s family. I loved how they took Abby under their wing. Plot wise, the story was just as messy but it did make me keep on reading. There were times I wanted to throw the book across the room and yet I couldn’t because I couldn’t hold up reading it.

Basically, Beautiful Disaster lives up to its very oxymoronic title. It’s the type of book you hate and love at the same time. Beautiful Disaster will surely make you feel conflicted and will tug your heart in very different ways.



Hazel @ Stay Bookish

Hazel Ureta is an advocate of stories. She is the blogger and Editor-In-Chief of Stay Bookish because she loves talking about books. She enjoys reading Young Adult novels the most and writes them too.
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  1. LCC - kyleeee (@feelgoodKYLE) on July 14, 2013 at 10:10 pm

    Nice review as always, Hazel! :)
    Despite the mixed reviews, I still want to check this out soon.

    ^I see what you did there. XD

    • hazelureta on July 14, 2013 at 10:13 pm

      Thanks, Kyle, that means a lot to me! :) You should give it a try! I’d love to hear what you will think of it. :D

      OMG HAHA

  2. Lucy on July 16, 2013 at 12:16 am

    Totally agree with your review. I def have a love-hate relationship with this one. You have a lovely blog!

    • hazelureta on July 16, 2013 at 6:37 am

      Thank you! I’m happy you think so! :’)

  3. Tirta @ I Prefer Reading on July 16, 2013 at 11:36 pm

    I really love your blog design, Hazel! Glad that I discovered it<3
    Don't know why but the first time I read Beautiful Disaster I thought the book was a former-twilight-fanfiction-turned-into-real-books, lol

    But I agree with what you said. Sometimes I feel like throwing this book away (especially when I read that part where Travis wrecked his room after Abby left -I was like, wth man?) but sometimes the dialogs & lovey-dovey scenes between the two main characters make me swoony, gah.

    Have you read the second book Walking Disaster, by the way? :D

    • hazelureta on July 16, 2013 at 11:43 pm

      Thank you! And no, I haven’t read it yet. :(

  4. kristel on December 12, 2013 at 11:49 pm

    I totally agree with you! This book is freakin’ awesome :3

  5. Angel Tolentino on December 15, 2013 at 3:07 am

    I agree with your review! There were times when I totally hate Abby for messing up Travis and then I was confused by Travis’ attitude. I mean, they’re both a wreck. And what made it worse is that they both mess each other’s lives. This book’s very heartbreaking. And my friend and I just had a conflict about Abby and Trav because we have opposing comments about their story (because I like Travis’ character more than Abby’s and my friend was scolding me for being insensitive of Abby’s feelings) Anyway, nice review! :D

  6. Pauline on December 17, 2013 at 2:32 am

    I sooo love your blog :) and yes when I first read the book, I was like okay, definitely one of the cliche love stories. But you can’t deny the feeling of falling in love with characters! :)

  7. jorese on January 26, 2014 at 12:11 am

    I feeeel you! I so love this book! Travis Maddox just gets in your heart and either makes it beat faster or break it. This is such a good read.

  8. Cali W. on January 27, 2014 at 3:58 pm

    Good review. This was my first new adult book and I liked it and I liked Travis. <3

  9. laila BC on April 3, 2014 at 12:35 pm

    you know what this one is my guilty pleasure…i don’t care how flawed they both were but hanging on to every roller coaster drama they have. yes there were many times i get frustrated with the both of them but it was somehow realistic coz i know some couple who are like that in RL. thanks for this review :)

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