This book is an amazing example of what the New Adult genre has to offer. Beautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuire was intense, electrifying and enthralling.
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 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.
This book is the right way to do good girl falls in love with a bad boy, simply because Travis is a good guy deep down. This book sucked me in and didn’t let me go until the last page had been turned, at which point I flipped back through to revel in the world of Abby and Travis for just awhile longer. These two left an impression on me. Yes, it’s one of those crazy stories with lots of drama and ‘misunderstandings’ which leaves both people broken-hearted even though they really meant “I love you” not “I hate you,” but it all comes together in the most romantic and thrilling love story. It’s an emotional roller coaster I wanted to be on and would gladly get back on again. This story, although predictable in the end (hello, of course they end up together), left me on the edge of my seat. There were so many twists and each character had their secrets and personality flaws that brought out the best and worst in each other.
Abby was such a great character, the girl with a dark past trying to start anew. I loved reading her perspective. I loved that she didn’t fall for the bad boy within two pages like most cheesy romance novels, but she fought the feeling like a logical person until the illogical realization that she was in love forced her to act on her feelings. Let’s face it, Travis is a complete douchebag in this story. That’s another reason why this book is so good. Throughout the book, Travis redeems himself in the eyes of the reader and Abby. I absolutely loved it. However, my one complaint is Travis was a bit one-dimensional, either that or he had a serious psychological dependency issue that needs to be treated. Regardless. I loved Travis. I loved Abby. I loved their story.
I was also incredibly intrigued and pleased about Abby’s secret. It just made her that much more badass. I also adored her relationship with her best friend, America. You know you have a good friend when they’ll do all the things America did for Abby.
Towards the end, it did get a bit ridiculous. They started doing things that were not realistic or responsible, but who am I to judge? As long as they were happy in the end, I didn’t mind. So, if you’re hungry for a romance that will grab you and never let go, read Beautiful Disaster. This book truly is a guilty pleasure, and at five stars, this is a New Adult romance that shouldn’t be missed.
STARS: 5 out of 5.