Thursday, September 3, 2015

REVIEW: Beautiful Disaster

Title: Beautiful Disaster
Author: Jamie McGuire 
Publication Date: August 14, 2012
Number of Pages: 416

Synopsis from Amazon:

The new Abby Abernathy is a good girl. She doesn't drink or sweat, 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 Review:

Okay, so before you think to yourself: "OMG, how is she just hearing about this book?" I just want to let everyone know that I have already read this book once before with this being the second time. I wrote a review the first time I read this book and when I looked back at it after finishing it a second time, I noticed a lot of changes but some things stayed the same. 

Before I thought Beautiful Disaster was the book you needed to read when you were having a bad day, but this book is beautifully written and should be read with any type of day you are having. This book changes as you change over time. I read it a few years ago and I really enjoyed it and gave it a 4 star review, but now I see the beauty it in and absolutely love the book and quickly started Walking Disaster for the first time. 

Abby had a terrible childhood from the age of thirteen because of her father, and now at eighteen she was trying to escape the path that she had been heading down. Her best friend, America, and Abby left Kansas to attend college away from her father. America and Abby made a pact to attend every party together and to keep bad away from Abby but right away into her first semester she runs right into the person she shouldn't be with if she really wants to escape her previous life. The one thing that I loved most about Abby is that she was strong when it came to staying away from her past or events that could bring her right back to the past she was desperately trying to avoid.

 My absolute favorite thing about this book was that Jamie didn't rush the relationship between Abby and Travis. Recent books that I have read the main couple are in love quickly without developing much beforehand. Abby and Travis clearly had feelings for one another but they become best friends before hand and then continued from there. The best quote from Travis was, "To douchebags! And to girls that break your heart, and to the absolute fucking horror of losing your best friend because you were stupid enough to fall in love with her." 

I also enjoyed the relationship that America had with Abby. America, or Mare for short, knew all about Abby's past and helped her when the past came back into her present life. While she played both sides of cheering for Travis and hating him, she always did what was best for Abby. When her boyfriend Shepley didn't agree she stood up to him. Today not a lot of people will stand up to their own boyfriend for their best friend, but America always did.

When I read the book the first time I really hated how Travis always wanted to beat up any guy who talked to Abby or looked at her with any sexual wanting. I hated how he felt that he owned her even though they were not even dating. Woman are not helpless we can take care of ourselves. The only time I agreed with this was Travis's encounter with Ethan the second time. Reading it a second time this didn't pop out so much and I just thought Travis was being a ridiculous little boy. 

This time around I am rating this book with 5 stars and am hoping that Walking Disaster is just as amazing as Beautiful Disaster. I hope to see more from Abby and Travis in the future. :)

About Jamie McGuire 

Jamie McGuire was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma. She attended Northern Oklahoma College, the University of Central Oklahoma, and Autry Technology Center where she graduated with a degree in Radiography. Jamie paved the way for the new Adult genre with the international bestseller Beautiful Disaster. Her follow-up novel, Walking Disaster, debuted at #1 on the New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street journal bestseller lists. Beautiful Oblivion, book one of the Maddox Brothers series, also topped the New York Times bestseller list, debuting at #1. In 2015, books two and three of the Maddox Brothers series, Beautiful Redemption and Beautiful Sacrifice, respectively, also topped the New York Times. 
Novels also written by Jamie McGuire include: apocalyptic thriller and 2014 UtopYA Best Dystopian Book of the Year. Red Hill: the Providence series, a young adult paranormal romance triology: Apolonia, a dark sci-fi romance: and several novellas, including A Beautiful Wedding, Among Monters, Happenstance: A Novella Series, and Sins of the Innocent. Jamie lives in Steamboat Springs, Colorado with her husband, Jeff, and their three children. 

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