Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Beautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuire

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, 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 he has met his match.

My Review:
Holy hot damn! That was one heck of a ride. 4.5 stars out of 5 rounded up to 5/5.

I was looking through reviews and saw many controversial issues with this book. A lot of people were claiming there was abuse, unrealistic scenarios, and abusive relationships. I really didn't see this. I saw it more as over-protectiveness, not abusive relationship. Travis never really abuses Abby in anyways. Sure, they had many ups and downs, but she wasn't crucially hurt in any way. Although, this book did have a lot of fighting and cursing.

My constant thought throughout this book was, when are they going to finally figure it out. They NEED each other. It frustrated me to no end all the problems they had. Abby constantly kept her distance from Travis because she didn't want to end up like her dad. Travis wouldn't admit his love for Abby. When they finally got together somewhere in the middle of the book, I was relieved. And then they got into a fight, and they had problems again. I wasn't fully happy with them until the last 4 or 5 chapters.

Even with all the above problems, I enjoyed this books very much! What Travis and Abby faced was the making of the book. I found it to be well written, and the characters are easy to love.

The only issue I had with this book was the excessive amount of smoking. Every chapter, someone was smoking. Either Finch, or Travis, or someone else. SOMEONE was always smoking. I'm not a huge fan of smokers, and I thought it was a little excessive to be putting it in the book so much.

Overall, I LOVED this book, and I'd highly recommend it. I originally borrowed this book from the library after reading reviews mentioned above. But now that I've read it, I will definitely be buying it. It's a keeper.

1 comment:

  1. Yes, there are many controversial issues and discussions about this book. It's either you hate it or you love it, I'm definitely in the latter group. And like you, I believe that Abby and Travis' relationship was anything but abusive. Difficult, but not abusive!
    I had the same frustrations you did when reading it. But over all I loved their story, to me, it was beautiful!
    I think your review is amazing! And it's definitely a keeper!! I have both versions, e-book and paperback! Can't wait for Travis' story!!

    Magen Corrie
    ~Corrie the book, crazed girl