Monday, June 11, 2012

Review: Beautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuire

The new Abby Abernathy is a good girl. She doesn’t drink or swear, and she has the appropriate percentage of cardigans in her wardrobe. Abby believes she has enough distance between her and the darkness of her past, but when she arrives at college with her best friend America, 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 charming college co-ed. Intrigued by Abby’s resistance to his charms, 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’ apartment for the same amount of time. Either way, Travis has no idea that he has met his match.

Publication Date: May 26, 2011
Genre: Young Adult, New Adult, Romance, Contemporary
Source: My own Tower of Books

One of my book friends texted me and told me I had to read this book. We have similar book taste so I bought it and started it the next day. I swear I would have walked around the house with my Kindle all day not speaking to anyone if I could've gotten away with it. It's like the perfect storm of everything I die for in a book.

I was skeptical the first two chapters because I thought 'Been here, seen this.' Um, no. The entire story is so unique and Abby and Travis's relationship is absurdly addicting to read. Their relationship is passionate and volatile...and sweet. Abby is so likeable and every decision she makes made sense to me, I didn't have to forgive the book anything because there was nothing to pick apart. Travis do I put this...I mean, can I marry a fictional character yet? Is that possible? :)

Seriously though, there are so many reasons to love this book and I can't do it justice. Read it!! It stands on its own merit. This is definitely a must-read and I'm now dying to read it again. AND I *needs* to see this as a movie!

I am freaking out over this author and will be reading everything she writes! If you want to buy this book (and YOU SHOULD :) it's only $2.99 on Amazon. So worth that price and more.


Braine @ Talk Supe said...

My buddy Cimmaron said the same thing! Maybe I should pick this up too, I'm not really ready for some waterworks but I might give this a try.

Talk Supe

Jessi E. (The Elliott Review) said...

You make me want to read it. I love it when you find reads that are good and exceed your expectations.

Anonymous said...

I've seen this one for my Nook but wasn't sure whether to get it or not. Now I may just pick it up!


Jackie's Little World said...

Yes, it's so good! I would compare it to The Duff or Perfect Chemistry but I may have liked it a little more :) If you like that kind of book then this one will be a great one to read.

It's definitely more mature YA or even New Adult type stuff, which is fine by me!

Tabitha said...

I'm so glad that you liked this book! Did you know the authors writing the whole story in Travis' POV and releasing it sometime this year or maybe it was early next year...

Thanks for the great review!

Jackie's Little World said...

Yay! I saw that about his POV too :DDD I can't remember when it's releasing either though. I'm so curious about what it will be like. I loved his character!

Tabitha said...

Yeah! it's going to be great. (:

Vegan YA Nerds said...

I love that you just wanted to keep reading!

I kept reading reviews of this so I bought the Kindle version but I still haven't read it. Then I heard some drama related to the author and it almost put me off but it really does sound like a good read, thanks for reminding me to read it!

Jackie's Little World said...

If you get around to this one I hope you like it! It appears to be very polarizing :)

I was just looking around on Goodreads and did notice mention of some drama regarding a ranting review of the book. I have no idea what went on...but I will say I disagree with the review in question, she said the relationship in the book was a bad example for teens. Fiction is fiction...not a self-help book and most people don't base their relationships off of a YA least I sure as heck hope not :D

marion croslydon said...

I soooo agree with Jackie#39 i find really PC to expect YA books to portray perfect relationships where the pro-tags always behave the right way, make the right choices etc... life isn't like that... so well done on jamie mcguire!

Jackie M. said...

Yes, Marion! It would be very boring to read fiction that didn't ever cross any lines.