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Beautiful Disaster

Beautiful Disaster

Escrito por Jamie McGuire

Narrado por Emma Galvin


Beautiful Disaster

Escrito por Jamie McGuire

Narrado por Emma Galvin

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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.
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Jamie McGuire is the New York Times bestselling author of Beautiful Sacrifice, Beautiful Redemption, Beautiful Oblivion, A Beautiful Wedding, Red Hill, Walking Disaster, and Beautiful Disaster. She and her husband Jeff live with their children just outside Enid, Oklahoma, with three dogs, six horses, and a cat named Rooster. Please visit JamieMcGuire.com.

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  • (3/5)
    This is a Reading Good Books review.They call it “Fifty Shades for young adults”.Walking One-Night Stand, Travis Maddox meets his match in Abby Abernathy. Travis is the one of the best underground fighters. Abby shows up in one of his fights dressed in a cardigan which he later sprays with blood. Travis is cousin to Shepley who is in a relationship with America, Abby’s best friend. Abby and America are new to Eastern University, getting away from Abby’s dark past.I admit that I enjoyed Fifty Shades for what it’s worth. Reading it with a fanfiction mindset also helped. With that said, I did enjoy reading this book. I read it inside of 2-3 days and there were parts where I could not put it down. The writing is okay and easy to read. It was fast-paced and the… themes… are pretty interesting to young adults and adults alike. But there were bits in the book that, in the words of one of the characters, “has just become one convoluted clusterfuck”. I think the author tried to fit so much about the characters that it became a bit confusing. Abby’s backstory came out of nowhere but it was poorly handled that I didn’t know what to make of it. I think it’s supposed to be a driving force for the second part of the novel but it didn’t have quite as much impact as what I think the author is going for that it almost became an afterthought.This book’s strength is in its characters. Especially the supporting roles, America and Shepley. Abby and Travis were a little too ideal – straight A student bad boy and a “simple” girl who cleans up real nice? Yeah, of course. Travis came across as over-the-top scary many times. America acts like the voice of reason and at the same time, Abby’s best protector. I love the way she goes all out in everything she does. I also love the Maddox family. What a rowdy group of men!What I did not like was the ending. It kind of turned me off from the whole thing. I felt that the ending was the biggest cliche of them all. It was very predictable. As soon as I realized what will happen, I went, “Please, no. Not that direction…” But oh well, got to have at least one painfully obvious cliche in every YA novel, right? And considering this ended up like it did, the story stretched on too long.I had a bit of trouble digesting that this is classified as a young adult novel. In the several bookstores that I visited, I’ve seen this shelved either under YA or contemporary adult fiction. It does have a YA feel but at the same time, it’s a bit dark to be truly YA. Maybe for older young adults? If that makes sense. There are a few themes that I don’t think will send the right message to the teen crowd. Also, I could totally see this as a TV show on the CW Network. This is definitely right up their alley.Rating: 3/5.Recommendation: If you liked Christian Grey and how he treats his woman then you might also like Travis Maddox. And this book.
  • (5/5)
    I loved this book. Start to finish loved it. Going to make everyone I know read it. Yes Travis is over the top in some things he does but Abby stands up for herself and he sees it. Hitting guys for looking at her isn't alright but in my eyes this was not an abusive relationship. (Been there, done that) some people don't like it fine but I don't see the necessity to slam the author.
  • (5/5)
    No doubt about it this book is 5 out of 5.

    If you love a good girl getting mixed up with a bad boy then you have to read this! Abby goes to college with her best friend and her life goes from calm to messed up in no time. She meets sexy, cut Travis Maddox and becomes completely consumed in his bad boy world. Travis earns money fighting in an underground fight club and has every girl drooling over him. When him and Abby's life intertwines they make a bet where if Abby loses she has to live with him for a month or if he wins he has to stay abstinent for a month. The outcome of the bet leads to a messed up relationship with tons of suspense and passion. They expose their secrets to one another and start the journey of a beautiful disaster.
  • (5/5)
    Cannot say how much I loved this book. I read the entire book in one night. I literally could not put it down. Such a good read.
  • (5/5)
    Whew!! I started this book yesterday and finished it this am. This was a page turn for sure. I enjoyed it for what it was, entertaining. If you have fallen in love and had a passionate all consuming love affair you will get this story. If not, you'll think it utter nonsense. It was a wild ride from start to finish. There were some grammar issues and such but those didn't deflect from the story. I liked all the characters. Some incidents and dialogue were over the top but I find this to be true in most romance books. I was hesitant to read this book due to all the hype. I purchased this book as an Indie with a different cover. I will be reading the sequel next and hope that it will be just as entertaining and edge of the ledge as this one.
  • (5/5)
    I don't even know where to begin. This. Book. Was. Incredible. I absolutely loved it! Normally I write in reviews about relatable characters, storylines, etc. This book I thought was going to be very predictable from the short synopsis I read, but it was anything but. The plot twists and turns, taking your emotions along with it. I could not put this down. Actually stayed up almost all night just because I couldn't stop turning the pages; and it was worth being exhausted the entire next day at work.Both Abby and Travis are characters with shadowy pasts and their own respective reasons to doubt that they deserve (or will ever find) true love and happiness, but together they are flawless (in their own crazy ways). I loved America's character as well - she perfectly represented the best friend role, staying by Abby's side through thick and thin. Shep was the same for Travis and you enjoy their developing love story as much as Abby and Travis' (idea for another book perhaps? Would love to read more about the two of them).Loved the backstory for Abby, but would have liked to know more about Travis, as it seemed he suffered a lot in his early years - I would have liked it if he confided in Abby more, rather than just 'needing' her.I enjoyed the danger that the couple faced throughout the story, especially because each time they went through something, it became clearer that only them together, their love, could see them through it. I cried so many times in this book, because of frustration, because of understanding, because of happiness. A truly incredible story that I am definitely going to buy so I can share the story with others and read it again and again.I received a free copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
  • (5/5)
    I loved this book and read it in one sitting! Yeah it had it's issues, like Travis's controlling ways and the whole Vegas part could've been left out, but I couldn't put it down! I loved the characters and I'm still thinking about Travis Maddox. Holy cow, can I get some of that?! Looking forward to reading Walking Disaster.
  • (5/5)
    So, the writing was good, there were different plot points and interesting character quirks, and I was in love with the book for the first half. Then their relationship got totally dysfunctional. It was like reading about my high-school classmates that are in-and-out of jail all the time.
  • (3/5)
    I'm not sure what to say about this book. Honestly, I found it because I was in the mood for a good, gripping love story. During my search, this book kept popping up on the lists. So, I gave it a shot.I was surprised at how fast paced it was, right up until the literal middle of the book. Then, wham! We hit a brick wall.The story itself started out intriguing, but it seemed to never go anywhere. We get it, they're bad for each other but they're not good for anyone else. Travis, to me, was the.more realistic character. He truly struggled throughout the novel, but Abby's actions all seemed outlandish from the way the author led us to believe she should behave. I gave it a decent rating, but I'm not sure I'll be reading the next installments. If I was looking for a great love story, I don't think this was it.
  • (2/5)
    I picked this up out of curiosity and because I wanted to read more New Adult novels. I did not enjoy this book and wont be continuing the series but it was entertaining for what it was. It was poorly written and the main characters are neither likable or interesting. The romance is sudden and intense. Trevor is suddenly dependent on Abby and prone to fits of rage. He seems wildly dangerous, terrifying, and manipulative. He physically fights pretty much anyone that gets anywhere near Abby or says anything about her at all. It's scary! I hope women don't find this trait attractive like Abby does. Abby, poor girl, is a big dummy. A lot of the story feels very high school with rumors and lunch rooms and kissing in class. The main characters are so childish, it's ridiculous. The sex scenes were very boring and quick, not worth reading. A lot of the story is so far fetched and insane. Abby's "past" was meh. The story had very little character development and read like bad fanfic most of the time. I wonder if some of this was just the author's fantasy (what college student has time for a puppy? who buys a puppy as "insurance" to keep a girl around?). I don't recommend this book unless you just want a quick read to laugh about.
  • (5/5)
    Beautiful Disaster was a book I picked up when it first came out and hadn't got around to reading. I have that big a reading list. What did make me pick it up was the constant discussion about the MC Abby - or Pigeon as she's called by the male MC Travis - and her co-dependent relationship with him. I'd also heard Travis was abusive, too possessive and was just a horrid character.

    Here's the thing. I've read horrible characters in many books. Can anyone say Healthcliff and Cathy from Wuthering Heights? Trust me, Travis is a walk in the park compared to Heathcliff and some of the other character's I've read.

    I admit I was worried about the amount of times the character drove drunk and some of the fights were fairly volatile. But here's the thing, they're two kids in college. Drink driving happens - in fact, from my memories of my time at College, it happens a lot. As does the underage drinking. It's part of what some would call the college experience. Personally, I always thought it was stupid, but I knew it was a reality.

    And who hasn't had screaming fights with your college boyfriend, who you love and hate so passionately because it's your first real 'adult' relationship. I know I have.

    I really enjoyed this book. Yes, there are disturbing elements in this novel - but the reality is, they're elements that are real and this is what makes the novel so refreshing. It's a no holds bar description of two people tottering on the edge of adulthood who are in love but who are still young people trying to work out what their relationship actually is. Reading the way the two of them fought and some of the irrational behavior played out between the two of them I found Jamie McGuire wrote an accurate description of teenagers in love. They're never rational in their fighting or reasoning.

    It's passionate, it's scary, and it's authentic. I actually saw Travis differently to the way other people have described him. Instead of seeing him as a bully who is abusive and possessive I saw him as a guy who is falling in love for the first time and it's terrifying him. He didn't know how to react to situations (hence his trashing room and he didn't understand his vulnerability or like it).
    Yes, he is possessive. But guess what? So is Pigeon.
    I kind of like that aspect about him as well. I found his character refreshing because right from the start it's obvious he is a wounded character, who is vulnerable and in some ways damaged.

    Yes, he likes to talk with his fists - maybe, sometimes too much. People may see that as being a bully, but I saw it as a guy standing up for the girl he loves and not letting her be bad-mouthed. Yes, he could have talked his way through it but let's be realistic, they're college boys and since when do college boys not beat the crap out of each other?

    Travis is a boy who is rough around the edges, but he has a good heart and he truly loved Pigeon. I loved the emotions that flooded through him because it made his character that more realistic to me.

    I also liked Abby or Pigeon because her character has issues of her own. She manages to fight through them while resisting Travis at every turn. I didn't always agree with the way she fought, but at the same time I understood her struggle to have a normal life and that her fears were pinning her down. It was only when she let go of her fears of who she would become or who Travis was, she was able to embrace life and love more.

    The story is very much based on the whole I want to be friends and friends only line with the obvious fact that they're never going to be just friends and they have a passion that is so intense, so tumultuous that they will only be happy with each other.

    Overall, it's very well written. I saw a few grammar errors in the novel but nothing major and I was swept away with the love story.

    I'd recommend it to anyone wanting to read a refreshingly honest love story,
  • (5/5)
    Whew!! I started this book yesterday and finished it this am. This was a page turn for sure. I enjoyed it for what it was, entertaining. If you have fallen in love and had a passionate all consuming love affair you will get this story. If not, you'll think it utter nonsense. It was a wild ride from start to finish. There were some grammar issues and such but those didn't deflect from the story. I liked all the characters. Some incidents and dialogue were over the top but I find this to be true in most romance books. I was hesitant to read this book due to all the hype. I purchased this book as an Indie with a different cover. I will be reading the sequel next and hope that it will be just as entertaining and edge of the ledge as this one.
  • (1/5)
    EDIT 12/12/12: I have no idea what I was doing the first time I read this book. Maybe I was just really happy that it didn't suck as badly as I thought it would, so it seemed amazing in comparison to what I'd built up in my mind before reading it. Either way, this book is kind of awful.



    I'll be honest, I started this book with the intention of not liking it, but by the end I was all about this book. It's weird, everything in me is telling me that I should hate this book but I'm still here like BEST BOOK I'VE READ (this week, at least) I honestly can't guarantee that anyone else will like this book, because the main male character is kind of a douche sometimes, but he grows on you, as does the book.
  • (1/5)
    The story makes it an easy read, so I went through the pages quickly. But the sentences are short and simple, and feels abrupt. I feel like I'm reading a telegraph! But then there's the rare line of comedic genius, which make me laugh hard (inside) that I can't help but bookmark the page.

    Usually when reading about dysfunctional/toxic relationships, I feel a genuine...how do you say it in English? The nearest translation I can think of is heartache. I truly hurt for people in those relationships, and wonder how I'll handle it if they don't end up together/as friends. Sadly that didn't happen for Travis and Abby. Not sure why - because of the writing, in Abby's perspective (in which she sounds heartless?), or because I was definitely sure they'll end up together (quite predictable in this case).
  • (4/5)
    4.5 stars. A crazy mess that I couldn't look away from!
  • (4/5)
    Author: Jamie McGuirePublished By: J.M.Age Recommended: YA(some Language)AdultReviewed By: Arlena DeanBook Blog For: GMTARating: 4Review:"Beautiful Disaster" by Jamie McGuire was something to read especially if you are into a dysfunctional drama(between Travis and Abby) from the beginning till the end. This read was really something to keep up with, which this author did do for the reader. It took me a minute to get into it...maybe a few chapters, but after I didn't put it down until the end, I just had to see what was going to happen next ...Wow, what a read this turned out to be. One with a good plot that had the reader on a roller-coaster ride...with drama and fighting (omg)and the characters were simple good in that they were so believable. Overall, I was able to even saw some humor in a lots of the going on in "Beautiful Disaster." Definitely, this title tells it all! Now, if you are in for a interesting read that is full of 'love, hate, jealous, uncertainty, denial and what ever else that comes from a new relationship' you have come to the right place for "Beautiful Disaster" will give it all to you and even more. Would I recommend? Yes, only be ready for some 'disaster' that will take place.
  • (3/5)
    Jamie McGuire's Beautiful Disaster is essentially about the dysfunctional relationship between two college students. Travis is a tattooed street fighter renowned for his one-night stands and Abby is a freshman looking for a fresh start away from her hometown. Of course, Travis couldn't be further from her definition of the "right" guy, and wants nothing to do with him. However, when she loses a bet and is forced to live with him for a month, her resolve is tested.I enjoyed Beautiful Disaster - though it is one of those books that you can't help but feel you shouldn't like. Let it be said that Travis never physically harms Abby, but the entire story is spent hovering on the corner of "passionate love" and "restraining order" due to Travis and Abby's co-dependence. Meanwhile, their relationship stands in sharp contrast to their friends Shep and America, who are sometimes drawn into the middle of Travis and Abby's drama, but still manage to hold their own and cultivate their more stable relationship.The book was a quick, entertaining read - McGuire did a great job keeping the plot moving, leaving out any unnecessary scenes without losing the tone - but readers should use caution, as some may be turned off by the intensity of the relationship and the intermittent violence displayed by Travis throughout the book (in his street fighting).To be honest, it makes me think of 50 Shades of Grey for younger people - though it's no secret I was not a fan of that book. I think the similarity comes from the characters' volatile pasts that set them on the path that brings them together - paired with the fact that Abby is similarly "innocent" (to a lesser degree) like Ana Steele. Regardless, Beautiful Disaster doesn't read like Twilight fan fiction - which probably also contributes to the reason I like this one when I didn't like 50 Shades. (The only reason I'm bringing this up is because I think readers who did enjoy 50 Shades of Grey will most likely enjoy this one as well.)**Original review posted on honestreviewscorner.com.**
  • (4/5)
    This book is a hard one to review. I enjoyed it when I know I should have found it horrifying, and I did find many of it horrifying. Too, a big plot point caused enough eye-rolling that I found myself skimming nearly the entire middle of the book. The biggest problem/best part of this book is hero Travis. Travis is seriously messed up, with anger management issues and a borderline-stalker personality. Once he falls in love with heroine Abby, his behaviour becomes beyond obsessive and controlling. In reality, a guy like this would be someone to avoid at all costs. But in fiction-land, Travis's over-the-top devotion to the woman he loves seems romantic and intense. Travis and Abby have one dysfunctional relationship, but it's compelling and tragically perfect. The title "Beautiful Disaster" truly does apply.Too, Travis and Abby both come across as Marty Stu/Mary Sue perfections. Travis is a hot stud who happens to be a fight club champion without lifting a weight, spending a second training, and all while consuming copious amounts of booze. Abby is so stunningly beautiful and desirable that every guy she meets hits on her or tries to assault her, mostly so that Travis can react possessively. Add in her ability to hustle poker like a professional gambler and she's beyond unrealistic.The entire Las Vegas plotline is very unbelievable and unnecessary. Much of the plot serves simply as a series of reasons Abby and Travis can't be together, none of them making any sense at all. And I won't spoil the ending, but any last attempt at realism flies right out the window.All of this complaining makes it seem like this book is horrible. The problem is that it's not. I did skim the middle and found myself skipping to the end just to get past Round #33 of Abby breaking Travis's heart. But like I said, Travis is a romantic figure in the vein of Heathcliff and this saved the book from being unreadable.
  • (2/5)
    I have so many THOUGHTS and FEELS about this book, it's going to be hard to gather them all up and spit them out onto this post in some kind of coherency. See? All ready I'm not making sense.

    I picked up this book from NetGalley because of all the hilarious negative reviews on it. I figured since it was free, why not try my hand and see if I can add anything to the discussion. I probably can't. This book has been called disgusting, romantic, ugly, addicting. It's all of those things.

    The basic premise of this crap is that Abby loses a bet and has to move in with Travis for a month. Which is fine and dandy, but WTF they start sharing a bed. There is no way in hell a normal girl would do this. A girl with a fucking brain would not do this. And Abby seems to be normal at the beginning of the book - I mean, her and her best friend won't go to parties alone. I am assuming this is because of safety issues so YES KEEP THAT RULE. And NO DO NOT SHARE A BED WITH A STRANGER.

    BEAUTIFUL DISASTER romanticizes an abusive relationship. Travis is fucking scary. He dictates where Abby sleeps, what she wears, when she eats, who she hangs out with and when, where she goes, and who is allowed to talk to her. He beats the piss out of people on a regular basis, outside of the ring. (Inside the ring is a different story. There are plenty of pro fighters out there who are decent people.) Travis has dropped in on Abby's dates, he has literally thrown her over his shoulder and carried her out of a party for dancing with someone else, and they WEREN'T EVEN TOGETHER. That's right. Most of this disgusting, inexcusable shit has happened when they were only friends.

    But none of this fuckery would even be if Abby listened to herself and not her shit stain of a 'best friend.' Do you guys remember Vee from Hush, Hush? The idiot who kept pushing Nora towards the enemy and kept putting them both in danger? Well Vee looks like a right Girl Scout next to America. For instance, Travis just beat a guy to a bloody pulp. Abby is scared shitless and doesn't want anything to do with Travis because SHE IS SCARED. Like a NORMAL PERSON. But America pushes Abby to go to Travis and talk to him. TO PUT HERSELF IN DANGER. Some friend. This happens over and over again.

    Abby is a total shit, too, but I just can't even.

    Also, there was no plot to speak of. A relationship between two dolts does not a plot make. There were little wisps of plots here and there, with the fight club thing, and the trip to Vegas to save Abby's dad from a debt owed to a mobster. That last bit? Could have been a sweet ass book. But it was never talked to or mentioned after that; the only purpose it served was to give the couple a reason to fight. Whatever.

    Finally, what I thought could be a redeeming quality ended up being just as banal and stupid as everything else: the sex scenes. Travis is the hottest guy in town, with sexual prowess unmatched by any other student at Eastern. So why are the sex scenes SO DAMN BLAND. There is no foreplay or anything. They are so vanilla and boring that I just skimmed them after the third one because blah. Also, the night Abby loses her virginity, she gets her hymen plowed to dust and there is no pain, no blood, nothing. Come on, that does not happen in real life.

    Not all hope is lost though. The writing was a lot better than I expected, I have to say. I think some of the name choices were dumb, though (Abby Abernathy - really? Shepley? America? Come on, now.) It wasn't the most beautiful and evocative piece ever written, obviously, but it was easy to read, and really was addicting. This 400 page book was quick to read, I read it in a day. So while it was maddening, it didn't totally suck. Just the message and the characters.

    I couldn't recommend this book to anyone. Ever. I want to be clear that this is not a Young Adult book, but it has been marketed as such and that's why it made it to my blog. I can't recommend it to young adults because it sends ALL the wrongs messages. I can't recommend it to adults because A) I don't like seeing the stupidity surrounding heroes like Travis (Twi-moms, anyone?) and B) it really is a pile of crap so I wouldn't want to hurt anyone's feelings by suggesting they would like it. It was addicting and easy to read, but it really sends a terrible message to all who read it, and honestly there's not even a plot to enjoy. Read at your own risk.

    Also, SORRYNOTSORRY about all the cursing and stuff.
  • (5/5)
    I know that this book should make me mad because Abby and Travis' relationship is as the character Kara states a "disaster". It's really not all that healthy, the back and forth, the aggression etc... but the truth is I loved this book. I have read it a couple of times and it is sort of a guilty pleasure of mine.

    I am a fan of Jamie McGuire books!
  • (5/5)
    Lawd. Have. Mercy! Travis "Mad Dog" Maddox needs to be real! Maybe I can scout my campus for him ;) Underground fighting rings here I come! lol. Abby Abernathy is trying to change her life, and moves away to attend Eastern University to get away from her past. But does she get away from her past life? Nope. Not a chance. Abby Abernathy runs into Travis "Mad Dog" Maddox and goes from being his "friend" to his "everything" in not time flat. Okay, exaggeration there. It's obvious how much they both want each other. As much as I'd love to believe it, you just CAN'T be JUST FRIENDS with a guy. It's... impossible!Abby is hiding a secret, Travis has a problem. Mix those two deliciously gossip worthy things together and you get one fabulously delivered Beautiful Disaster. Abby, Abby, Abby... Lawd does this girl have ISSUES! Daddy issues at that. That's all bad. I really loved this book. The relationship between Abby and Travis is beyond crazy. This is one dysfunctional relationship that seems to need AND rely on problems to survive. If it's not one thing, it's another. Travis ain't no walk in the park either, mind you. Travis is a fighter, he's got mommy issues. Perfect match, eh? He's the "tough" guy, the "don't-fuck-with-him-or-his-woman" kinda guy or you get the living shit beat out of you.Aside from their crazy relationship, I really liked these two. I feel that, yeah they were cray cray, but they totally fit together. All you girls, don't sit there and be all "Ana, WTF is you talking about?" you know dang well what I'm talking about. You've been in a relationship of some sort, where you Just. Cant. Let. Go. You keep going back for more. Reading Beautiful Disasters the song that's playing in my head (aside from the rowdy crowd noises during a cage fight. raaah, raaah) is Auburns "Perfect Two" It's one lovely dovey song. And that's how I see Abby and Travis. *shrugs* Maybe if someone made a rock version of the song, then... yeah... I also liked the other characters, Abby's best friend America and her boyfriend (Travis' cousin Shep), as well as Travis' dad and brothers. I think all characters were well developed and they were all believable. Makes me want to go out and pinpoint all the Travis's and Abby's in my life. lol.Overall, I would definitely recommend this book. It's very borderline NOT YA. Definitely for a mature audience. If you love yourself a contemporary romance with bruised hearts that need major fixing then this book is definitely for you.
  • (5/5)
    I've seen this book floating around for a while now, both in print and ebook, and finally I couldn't pass it up anymore. I devoured this 432 page book in a couple of hours. I yelled at and was downright mean to anyone who interrupted me. Abby is a "good girl" who is trying to escape a troubled past. The last thing she needs is a buzz cut, tattooed, underground fighting, playboy chasing after her. She knows Travis is a bad idea; everyone tells her he will use her and break her heart. Travis is convinced they can just be friends. And then a bet is made that will change their lives forever. Jamie McGuire has created one wild ride of an emotional train wreck that is nothing short of amazing. The sexual tension in Abby and Travis's relationship and the build up between the two kept me on the edge of my seat the entire time. Abby is clueless/just doesn't want to see what is in front of her and Travis is a self destructive saboteur. They hated each other, the were bffs, they liked each other, they were just friends, and they hated each other again. By the time I finished this book I was tired...but in a good way. My emotions had just gotten off of a roller coaster. Travis and Abby weren't the only awesome characters of this book. I loved the part that America and Shepley played. They were the perfect foil to Travis and Abby's instability. These two are quite a pair. Are they the perfect characters or even the perfect couple? No. Abby is too wishy washy and gives up easily just to dive back in a short while later. Travis is a violent and temperamental hot head who borders on having a stalker like obsession. Despite these obvious flaws I found myself liking him anyway. This is a great book and the only problem I had was with Abby's background. I don't want to give it away (the mystery is part of the book), but found it a little unbelievable. Let's just say that the odds of the people she knows at school who she/her father is is slim to none. When it was finally revealed I couldn't help but think, "Seriously? That's the big secret?" This wasn't a big detractor from the book though. The last thing I want to gush/mention is the age of the characters. The characters in this story are in college! The college age group is on the verge of young adult/adulthood. There is a serious lack of writing that utilizes this age group and Jamie McGuire tapping into this niche made me love this story even more. Lastly, believe it or not, the ending surprised me in a good way. I totally did not see it coming. So, now for the final verdict. Was this a great book about realistic expectations of a college romance/experience? No. Did I absolutely love it and recommend it to all of my sappy romance inclined friends? YES! This book gets a 5 STAR rating!
  • (5/5)
    Oh Travis. You are the love of my life! Everything about this book is pure perfection. I cannot wait to read it from Travis's POV!
  • (5/5)
    Every once in a while you come across a truly incredible book, Beautiful Disaster is just such a book. Without a doubt Beautiful Disaster is a down and dirty, in your face tale with such difficult situations that had you feeling the characters soul wrenching decisions to your very core. I was riveted from the start and bereft at the end, my only problem was what do I read after a book like this... Train wreck happening and you couldn't look away.
  • (4/5)
    I have to admit when I requested this audiobook I didn't read the description at all, but was lured by the cover. This worked out well for me, because had I read the summary it may not have appealed to me. I believe this book would fall into the Young Adult genre, and I probably would not have enjoyed reading this book as much I enjoyed listening to the audio version.Our main character Abby, is a young college freshman who has not lived an ideal life. Her father was a high roller in Vegas, but when his luck turned, he blamed Abby and they lost everything. This left them penniless while Abby strived to separate herself from her gambling addicted father.When her and her best friend America start college at Eastern University Abby vows to make a new start. She doesn't want any of the trash that tainted her life to this point to threaten her future. The last thing she expects is for bad boy Travis to put a wrinkle in her plan. When Travis starts to pursue her she informs him that nothing could possibly happen between the two of them, starting an honest friendship that both of them appreciate.The relationship between Abby and Travis is a rollercoaster ride of emotional ups and downs. Travis is the opposite of the kind of boy she was hoping to meet, but when she finally accepts that their relationship is much more than a friendship she embraces him wholeheartedly. She cannot foresee that her past will be the factor to threaten their union.When I first started listening to this book I have to admit that I didn't care for Galvin's narration. It started out a bit cold an unemotional to me. But that changed as the book went on and now thinking back it makes sense. She was trying to start over and leave her past behind, so I can see how one would need to put their emotions at bay.I enjoyed this audiobook more than I thought I would. Maybe it's because it reminded me of myself somewhat. A girl trying to put her past behind her, but still being attracted to the bad boy. Yup, I admit it. I like the bad boy! With themes of young love, new beginnings, and college life, this made for an interesting audio book. I feel that the young adult audience will appreciate this book even more than I did and I don't hesitate in recommending this novel in audio form.
  • (3/5)
    I think I had too much expectations about this novel.After having devoured the Grey Trilogy, which took me by surprise, and after having read the reviews on this novel I thought it could make me feel the same way.Oh boy, what a disappointment. To start with, this is definitely Young Adult target. The characters are immature, self-centred and worried about the typical teenager issues: dances, dates, pampering with girlfriends, gossipping etc etc. High school material, if you get my meaning.And then, the story: Abby, a supposedly good girl, and Travis, a tattooed misogynist with a bad reputation who earns money fighting. So, they meet each other and they fall in love. The rest of the novel is going round and round to see if they will stick together or not. And honestly, I didn't understand why Abby was so hard on Travis when he worked so hard to make everything work out.And I guess I got pretty tired of Abby's wailing and getting drunk to forget, flirting with every guy she could find whereas Travis begged her to take him back. It was degrading.All in all, I think the story is deviated and not realist, it's fun fiction for 16 year old girls.
  • (4/5)
    Okay. I have a lot to say about this book and I felt like after I read this book, I was letting so many other blogger's opinions of the novel get to me so I decided to close Goodreads and just write my damn review. I've always prided myself on giving honest and truthful reviews no matter what other people say/think. This book garnered A LOT of controversy and flack and I can see why but I will also sit here and defend my opinion of this novel because you know what? I freaking loved it. I loved this book. First of all, this book reminded me of the show Intervention or Hoarders...the people on those shows are complete and utter train wrecks. Hot messes. Totally unable to understand why they do what they do. But I still watch it. Each and every time. I even ENJOY and look forward to watching these train wrecks. Why? I don't know. I just do. I'm guessing I'm not the only one either, otherwise the shows would be off the air. Anyways, Beautiful Disaster is kind of like those shows. Abby and Travis are train wrecks themselves. They have unhealthy personality traits and an unhealthy relationship. But the thing is...I've been there. I've seen it. And I've also seen it work out for the better like it does in this book. In my opinion, a lot of the "reasons" people didn't like this book so much has me scratching my head. A lot of people call Travis abusive and I straight up disagree. I've seen firsthand what an abusive relationship is, and I do not feel that Travis is abusive to Abby in the least bit. Does he have some anger/obsessive personality traits? Yes. But he doesn't hit her, he doesn't call her a bitch or a skank or verbally abuse her. He just doesn't always communicate his feelings in the most appropriate ways... and you know what? Neither do I. Neither do a lot of people. It doesn't mean they are abusive people. The other thing that has me scratching my head is that people are getting SO UPSET over Travis and Abby's relationship when I can think of a hundred other books that make me cringe with the way they portray the relationship. 50 Shade of Grey? That is NOT a healthy relationship but instead of beating it to a pulp, people are eating it up! Twilight...ugh... don't even get me started. I'd much rather have a protagonist like Abby, who is smart, witty and stands up for herself than a character like Bella Swan. But the thing people are also forgetting is that in this book, Travis and Abby's relationship DOESN'T work until they figure out who they are separately and how to fix what's broken in them. When they are able to face their own demons, the become the very best of themselves and then the relationship is able to prosper. Which I think is a beautiful, beautiful thing. Everyone always says pessimistically, "people never change," but I disagree. Sometimes, when it's with the right person and for the right reasons, people can and will change.Okay, now that I got that part out of the way, the other reasons why I love this book.... I thought that ALL characters were fabulous and I thought they all broke down the stereotype that I initially thought they'd all be in. Abby is a "good" girl, smart, driven and yet... she has a troubled past, she's a smart ass and even she is not without temptation to the badass hotties. Travis is the tattooed fighter that has an enormous ego...yet he's smart and affectionate and has a vulnerability that is adorable. America...oh, America. She is the best friend every person should have. Loyal to a fault, protective and yet just brave enough to encourage her friend to do some stupid things. But it's in the little details that make me love America. A couple of her off-hand comments that make me feel like she and Abby have an incredibly close friendship. I even like Shepley, who reminds me so much of one of my friends. I liked the premise of the novel, though I found that to be secondary to my attachment to the characters. Was it a little unrealistic? Yeah. Did I care? Nope. I've been reading for so long that I'm the type of reader that is able to suspend belief, even in a contemporary novel, if A. I like the characters and the plot enough and B. if it was written well enough. In my opinion, McGuire did both of these things, so the unrealistic parts didn't bother me. Actually, I kind of enjoyed it because I thought it put a twist on Abby's story and made her seem that much more interesting. One last thing. I know a lot of people were annoyed with Travis's pet name for Abby... but I loved it. I actually ADORED it. Maybe that's because in my relationship and close friendships with people, I have a rather unorthodox/silly/stupid nickname that seems ridiculous to the rest of the world but to those that are involved...it shows me how much I mean to them.Honestly, the only thing that REALLY bothered me in this entire story is that McGuire used a lot of unnecessary dialogue attributions and she said so and so "laughed once," about a million times within the book and it annoyed the crap out of me. That was my only minor nitpick. Overall, I loved this book. I read it in less than 8 hours and relished every moment with the cast. Obviously, just by seeing the Goodreads reviews, this book is not for everyone and honestly, I don't even know how to recommend it since so many different people seem to either love or hate it. So I guess my advice is... proceed with caution BUT don't ruin your judgement of the book by reading all the one or five star reviews. Find out for yourself. If I had followed some of my fellow bloggers instead of my own heart, I would have never picked up this book and that would have been a really sad thing.
  • (4/5)
    Good grief. The relationship in this book is for sure a beautiful disaster. I'm not sure whether to be happy or hope the two main characters get counseling. I really enjoyed this story with all it's ups and downs. Truly a back and forth the whole ride. Something about it is addictive. Even though I really questioned the stability of the characters, I couldn't stop reading to see the outcome. The title fits this book perfectly. It is for sure an interesting read and any adult romance fan will find it intriguing. But, I will caution, there is a lot of angst. The characters and setting are college age.
  • (1/5)
    (Reprinted from the Chicago Center for Literature and Photography [cclapcenter.com]. I am the original author of this review, as well as the owner of CCLaP; it is not being reprinted illegally.)The whole reason I decided to review this book in the first place is because of receiving a general-interest email about it from digital ARC service NetGalley.com, promising me that it will be the "most talked-about book of this fall" that I "am guaranteed to love;" and coming as this did from an apparently objective organization like the NetGalley staff, I made the foolish mistake of believing them, and signing up for a review copy. But alas, this turned out to be a sneaky paid advertisement that was never clearly labeled as such, and the book itself turns out to be a largely unreadable piece of Young Adult chick-lit crap, a ridiculously unrealistic soapy melodrama about a bad-boy undergraduate who literally pays his tuition through participating in an illegal fight club in his small genial college town (like, OMG!), and the intolerably idiotic undergraduate girl who falls for him despite her best intentions not to (like, LOL!); and I have to confess that I barely made it through even fifty pages of this nadir of contemporary literature before giving up in angry disgust. NetGalley, if you want to avoid in the future having cynical middle-aged reviewers like me trashing the teenybopper books you've been paid to promote, you might want to be a little more selective and a lot more transparent about who you're recruiting; because I gotta say, this kind of sneaky carpet-bombing marketing bullsh-t doesn't sit well with me at all.Out of 10: 0.7
  • (5/5)
    4.5 starsI know a lot of people had mixed feelings about this book, and people either loved it or hated it, but I was definitely one of the one's who loved this story!! Yes the love was a bit crazy and dramatic but I found myself so invested in the story and the characters that I couldn't get enough of it, in fact I listened to the audiobook on my commute to and from work, and found myself sitting in my car a half an hour after I got home because I wanted to know what would happen next.The thing I loved the most about this book was most definitely the characters, I found myself invested in all the characters not just one. Abby and Travis were both super-loveable characters although Travis took a while to warm up too. America and Shepley were charming as well and I even loved The Maddox Boys, and not to mention Finch. The characters made this story so enthralling, and I found myself wanting more and more from the story. The storyline moved along quickly and I never felt bored with the story, I also thought the girl who narratted the book brought a lot to the story, and didn't take away from it as sometimes a bad narrator in my opinion can do. I could see how people could have issues with the romance in this book, it moves incredibly fast, and while it's not the typical YA insta-love scenerio, it still progressed extremely quick, but for me it worked because I was so invested into the characters. I know Jamie McGuire is writing a second book in this series from the point of view of Travis, and I almost wish it was a sequel in the respect that It continued on the story vs. retelling the story, I feel like we got Travis' point of view a lot in this story, and have mixed feelings what else the second book can bring to the table, but I am excited for it non-the-less.