Monday, July 29, 2013

Review: Beautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuire

Title: Beautiful Disaster (Beautiful, #1)
Author: Jamie McGuire
Published: August 14th 2012 - Simon and Schuster UK
Website: Author's Website
Source: Received a copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review


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.


My Thoughts

Reading this book was like riding a rollercoaster, I felt confused, happy, gloomy, giddy, all sorts of emotion that you can think of out there. It is one unpredictable story that I will never ever forget. One of the reasons why is because of Travis ‘Mad Dog’ Maddox. He’s temperamental but he’s also sweet and funny at times. He can be possessive but he can also be protective. He can be a douche but he will undoubtedly leave everything behind for the one he loves. I can’t even believe that this guy is a straight A student. I mean, come on, with the lifestyle that he has, the fights that he participates in and the girls that he’s screwing with, I am very stunned by this fact – in a good way. He was not what I expected him at all to be. And I like that.

As for Abby Abernathy, I have a love-hate relationship with her. I loved her smart ass answers to Travis’ flirty attempts to get her to bed, and I also loved how she tried to stay away from the lifestyle that she was used to. But there were times when I also wanted to smack her in the head and tell her to just make her decision about Travis. One minute she wants him, then the next, she will push him away and I think that she was also selfish at times. And her dates with Parker, I don’t even want to start about that. But what I liked about her was that she always stood by her decision. And also, her friendship with America amazes me every single time I try to remember the things that they have gotten through together. They can be brutally honest with each other and they also fight, but I have to say, that I really admire their friendship.

I loved how the two main characters were both equally broken— but in very different ways.  They are dysfunctional together, but they are also perfect for each other.

One was trying to escape her old lifestyle and to start a new chapter, while the other one was still continuing his ways and going on with his life, no matter what people said about him. Travis is one guy who surely knows what he wants and when he wants it, and he will do everything in order to protect those people that he loves. Abby, on the other hand, will do everything just to get away from her past and she always worries about what other people will say about her. Their relationship is not the perfect one, and not even an ideal one, but the fact that they both strive to be better people each and every day that they’re together makes this story more appealing to me, and to the other readers out there.

But most of all, I loved the maturity that I saw in the characters toward the end of the story. Travis tried to be more considerate and not overly jealous and Abby finally knew what she wanted from Travis. Also, the slow progress of their relationship was another thing that I liked. It was not forced and it was well thought of.

Beautiful Disaster will leave you wanting more. INTENSE. RIVETING. ADDICTING. It is a DISTRACTINGLY RAVISHING story that readers will look forward to. I’m sure that people won’t forget Travis and Abby’s disastrous yet beautiful relationship. 

My Rating


  1. Wow, I knew you loved it but I didn't know that it was this much! Definitely on my radar now. I do like how you were honest that you have a love-hate relationship with the girl. But I'm getting wary about that too. Great review as always!

    1. I don't know Dianne, it is just so addicting.... Hahaha. But I liked this more compared to the second one. Thanks for always dropping by the blog, Dianne! :)

  2. Like I said on GoodReads, this review pretty much sums it up perfectly! The relationship in this is so up and down and so unhealthy, but there's just something addictive about it. And I agree with you that they do try to be better on some level each day they're together. Awesome review, Rachel! :)

    1. Thanks Aa'Ishah, I am so flattered. :'> I know right, it's addicting, really. Well I think Travis is one reason why.... *winks*

  3. This seems to be a book that people either love or hate. I'm really curious to check it out soon myself. You make it sound very appealing Rachel:). I really like the idea that it's not a perfect relationship and both characters show growth. Plus I love bad boys, enough said!

    1. Trish I agree with you. It only boils down to loving it or hating it. Oh if you love bad boys then I am SURE you're gonna love Travis. <3


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