Friday, May 10, 2013
Beautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuire Review
Synopsis (from Goodreads):
INTENSE. DANGEROUS. ADDICTIVE.
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 was my first time reading a New Adult title and I would say it was a good experience. What is it about bad boys that attract good girls? They just do I guess. There must be something dangerous about the bad boys that makes the girl weak on her knee. Beautiful Disaster had two unlikely people falling in love and crazy situation ensues. It was a fun read. I was rooting for Abby and Maddox the whole time. I did enjoy the love/hate relationship between the two. There was a lot of love, lust, misunderstanding and so much emotions. Abby is a strong girl who is trying to escape the past and Travis is not something she needs. Lots of angst in this story but not as much as typical teenage situation. The were some part in the story that was a bit unreal but not bad. I do enjoy reading about Travis's fight scene. That added a kick of action to the book.
Character-wise, I admire Abby's strength and there were times I just don't get her. Travis Maddox is a very attractive character and intense. America and Shep were really good supporting characters. I also find Travis's family very interesting too. Overall, I like Beautiful Disaster. It had a more mature and complicated situation. The resolution was not what I expect it to be. I'd be interested in reading about this story through Travis's point of view and I do have Walking Disaster on hand. Therefore, I'm gonna let the story sink in and start Walking Disaster maybe in a month or two.