Beautiful Disaster

Beautiful Disaster

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By (author) Jamie Mcguire

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  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Ltd
  • Format: Paperback | 432 pages
  • Dimensions: 130mm x 198mm x 27mm | 309g
  • Publication date: 14 August 2012
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 1471115038
  • ISBN 13: 9781471115035
  • Sales rank: 664

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Suffering from Fifty Shades withdrawal symptoms? Then meet Travis...Good Girl. Abby Abernathy doesn't drink or swear and she works hard. Abby believes she has created enough distance between her and the darkness of her past, but when she arrives at college, her dreams of a new beginning are quickly challenged by the university's walking one-night stand. Bad Boy. Travis Maddox, handsome, built, and covered in tattoos, is exactly what Abby needs - and wants - to avoid. He spends his nights winning money in a floating fight club, and his days as the notorious college Lothario. A disaster waiting to happen...Intrigued by Abby's resistance to his charms, Travis tricks her into his life with a simple bet. If he loses, he must remain celibate for a month. If Abby loses, she must live in Travis' apartment for the same amount of time. Or the start of something beautiful? Either way, Travis has no idea that he has met his match. Or that this is the start of an obsessive, intense relationship that will lead them both into unimaginable territory...

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By Najla Qamber 28 Dec 2013 3

What can I say about Beautiful Disaster (aside from it being a beautiful disaster)? First off, I̢۪d like to point out how much EVERYONE in love with this new formed genre (New Adult), absolutely loved this book. And I should be ashamed that I̢۪m one of them. But I̢۪m not.

Beautiful Disaster began with the main character watching her leading man fighting fist to fist with another man within a ring. I must admit that̢۪s the first time I̢۪ve read a book that opened with two guys beating each other to a pulp on purpose. So, kudos to McGuire for being unique (well to me). Then came the following cliche:

Girl: I̢۪m a tough and smart girl and I don̢۪t fall for players like you.
Boy: I̢۪m so intrigued by your disinterest that I must win you over somehow.

Did I enjoy this cliche? Yes, I did. But then again, I loved about a quarter of the book before I began disliking it. The more I got to know the main characters, the more I hated the book. The story dragged on too long when nothing was really happening. But when something did happen. It gets too overwhelming and rushed that I just wanted to put down the book and not read anymore.

To sum it all up, if I ended the book in between. I would have given the book 5 stars. But then, I had to keep going and ended up disliking the characters so much. But because of how page-turning and beautifully written the book is. I̢۪ll give it a fair 3 stars for being such a beautiful disaster.

By Jennifer Juckes 04 Oct 2013 4

Many thanks to Netgalley and the Publisher for my review copy, this is in exchange for an honest review.

Wowzer, that was a heavy book and no I don̢۪t mean weight wise. Heavy as in packed the punch with the rollercoaster emotion it throws at you. I had a hard time reading this and it was totally absorbing, if you̢۪re looking for a light read step away!! In fact just run away now.

I loved the feel of this book and the way it kept the reader on their toes, I wasn̢۪t sure which way it was going. This did keep my interest at its peak. After the 60% mark I could not put this book down, I even stayed up late to finish it and yes it was worth feeling crap in the morning for.

I would recommend this and I will certainly be checking out Walking Disaster. Nearly scored top marks with me, the only reason it didn̢۪t was that I think the emotion just ran too high and I did feel like throwing the book at the wall with frustration. But 4.5 stars is pretty damn amazing.

Very complex in places, but I never felt out of my depth. The story is explained well and I felt a connection with the characters all the way through. Nice writing style which flowed like a fast flowing river. I did have to grimace in places at Abi - as realistically I couldn't see some of the scenarios working out, I think someone would have to be incredibly stupid or naive to not suss things out. But hey if that's the only thing I can knock about the book, well that isn't too bad in my eyes.

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A fast addictive pace, leaving you a jumbled mess of emotions. Loved it!

By Pretty Little Reader 12 Feb 2013 3

First, some preamble. I KNOW that Beautiful Disaster is an absolutely despicable representation of what it means to be a) in love and b) in a healthy relationship. I know that Beautiful Disaster showcases every violent and controlling behaviour found in an abusive relationship, and that it romanticizes that behaviour. I also know that the way women are treated in Beautiful Disaster, as mere things that exist solely to please men, is wrong on every possible level. I know that for those reasons, and many more that many other more eloquent reviewers have pointed out, that I should have hated Beautiful Disaster; that I should be appalled and disgusted by everything it represents.
Unfortunately, I seem to have developed a case of the Twilights, where regardless of every rational bone in my body, I found myself enjoying a lot of what I should have been repulsed by...

Abby was one of the most emotionally confused protagonists I've read about in a long time - and I loved her for it. She made absolutely no sense - it was obvious that she wanted more than friendship from Travis, but she continued to reject his advances at every turn. She went so far as to date someone else - someone who was the polar opposite of Travis - to prove that she could be attracted to the "right" kind of guy. But while her behaviour was frustrating - just admit your feelings for him already! - I understood that she equated a life with Travis with the life she was trying to leave behind; a life of drinking, violence and cons. I couldn't fault her for trying to make a better life for herself than she had grown up with.

I also loved Abby and Travis together, when things we're going well. Their playful banter, their steamy sex scenes, and the tension that rolled off of each of them in waves was thick enough to see at some points. I found myself laughing out loud during some of their more playful moments, fearful for their hearts during some of their more tender moments and slightly teary during some of their more vulnerable moments.

What I couldn't stand was Abby and Travis together, when things weren't going so well. Travi's controlling behaviour, demanding that Abby change clothes because he couldn't handle knowing other guys would be looking at her and thinking about sex. Abby's manipulation of Travis' feelings, breaking up with him only to act hurt and above reproach when he tried to move on. BUT, these beyond-annoying frustrating moments made for the kind of read where your eyes stay glued to the pages; I couldn't have put Beautiful Disaster down if I had wanted to, because I was just as caught up in Abby and Travis' relationship as they were.

Other than their on-again, off-again relationship, Beautiful Disaster really didn't have much going for it in way of plot - or character - development - literally the entire book is focused on whether or not Abby and Travis would end up together. I kept waiting for Travis' anger to push him too far, for his actions to catch up with him, and for it to cause him to see that he couldn't just punch his way through his problems. Or for Abby to realize that as much as Travis had changed for her, he had a lot of stuff going on that she would never be able to "fix." When I realized that neither character was actually going to learn from their experiences with the other, I couldn't help but be angry with myself for hoping for more.

Much like I enjoyed Twilight, even though I chastised Bella for being so naive to how unhealthy her obsession with Edward was, I enjoyed Beautiful Disaster even though I kept mentally reprimanding Abby for encouraging Travis' obsessive and controlling nature. I don't know that I'll bother with the sequel, because what I'm really interested in now is seeing life for Abby and Travis, six months later. You know, when she's knocked up, money's tight and Travis has started to come home smelling like whiskey...

By Shery 16 Jan 2013 1

Whoever wrote the full description of this book would be better off looking for a job in a different field.

By Hennison 04 Jan 2013 4

Read this book in one night. I liked that, although it comes across as just another teen love story, it's a bit more mature than what we normally see. There IS sex, and there IS alcohol and you actually feel like this is stuff that is really going on (and the high point isn't just "the kiss").

I found Abby a bit frustrating at times and doubted that anyone (especially someone who could, apparently, literally have any girl he wanted) would come back again and again even after she pushes him away, in occasionally pretty nasty ways. I suppose that's where the romantic fiction comes in.

I appreciated the two main supporting characters in America and Shep because they often said what I would think to myself, especially with regard to things Abby did. ("So you do this but then you do that, you want it but then you don't...") In a story as dramatic and frustrating as this, you need a voice of reason that can agree with you about the stupidity of some of the things that are said and done and I felt those two provided that really well.

It's not a book for 13 year olds but it fills the (often overlooked) niche of 18-25+ year olds who like the simplistic boy meets girl but with a bit more sex, drugs and rock n roll, so to speak.

Review quote

""Beautiful Disaster" is insanely addictive. Beautifully sexy, beautifully intense, and beautifully perfect. Jamie McGuire has written a damn good book." --Jessica Park, author of "New York Times" bestseller "Flat-Out Love"