Book Review: Beautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuire

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This book was like a run away train. It’s unstoppable and you know it’s going to jump the tracks but you can’t look away. I could NOT put this book down!

From Goodreads:
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.

This one is my new favorite guilty pleasure. Why a guilty pleasure you ask? Well, I’ll try to explain. This book reminded me of how, when you’re in the checkout line at the grocery store, and you pick up a Star Magazine, you know the stories aren’t true, but you want to read it anyway. This book is like that. The relationship between Abby and Travis is so volatile and unhealthy in so many ways but I couldn’t stop reading it. I couldn’t divert my eyes.

Individually, they are unstable. Their childhoods, although very different, have left scars and impaired their ability to create meaningful relationships. Travis is a bit neanderthal, jealous and hot-tempered, extremely so. Abby’s distant, hesitant and not truthful about her feelings. She creates a string which she pulls at will, pulling Travis closer and then leaving him without explaining why. The relationship is a roller coaster ride of emotional ups and downs. Together, not together, together again, not together again. So much draaaamaaa!

The “action sequences”, for lack of a better term, Travis’s underground fights and Abby’s experience with the underbelly of Las Vegas, make the story more interesting and breaks up the monotony of relationship angst and the boring parts of college life.

My least favorite parts of this book involved the supporting characters. Abby’s best friend, America, is just whiny and unlikable. Shep, Travis’s roommate/cousin/best friend, seems unmanly and weak compared to Travis.

This isn’t my typical read but it was entertaining and addicting. I gave it 4 stars because I wouldn’t hesitate to read it again. I’m not surprised that Warner Brothers has acquired the film rights. It will make a great movie!

This book was provided for review by Netgalley.

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