NA review: Beautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuire

11505797Title: Beautiful Disaster
Author: Jamie McGuire
Series: Beautiful #1
Acquired: Bought
Genre: New Adult
Publisher: Simon & Schuster UK 
Release date: 14 Aug. 2012

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.


I had been meaning to read this series for so long now, after so many people had said good things about. This was one of the earlier New Adult books so really it should have been higher up on my list to read.

Protagonist Abby has moved far away from home with her best friend to start a new life at college. She doesn’t want anyone to know about her past or who she used to be and this is the best way to do that. Abby plans on keeping her head down, getting on with her school work and not being a typical party mad college student. When she attracts the attention of the campus bad boy Travis Maddox, well-known for his one night stands, she has no idea what to think… or do. A lost bet means everything changes and she ends up staying with Travis for a whole month.

Abby and Travis are so completely different and that’s why I enjoyed their story so much. Abby wants to be this reserved, well behaved girl while Travis has a reputation and definitely lives up to it. However, both of them are outspoken, fiery and headstrong. Due to the nature of the lost bet, Abby and Travis end up spending a lot of time together and their personalities mean that there is a lot of tension and frustration between the two characters which at times was really fun to watch.

My main issue with Beautiful Disaster was how Abby and Travis acted when things didn’t go their own way. Travis has anger issues and Abby wouldn’t know a healthy relationship if it smacked her in the face. There are things that both characters do in this book that I just cannot agree with no matter what. Even though Abby is staying with Travis, and there is clearly something between them, she dates another guy and throws it in Travis’ face at times. Not only that but she does some really questionable things when her and Travis do finally start to work things out.

While I did have issues with the actions of the main characters in this book I did actually enjoy it. I could see that there was more to things than stupid decisions and actions and it was really entertaining. The plot gets quite exciting towards the end and we get to learn about Abby’s life before college. We also get to see a fair bit from Travis’ family (who I loved) and these things made this book worth while.

Beautiful Disaster is far from perfect but it was still enjoyable to read. Although I have moaned about the character’s behaviour, this would have been a really bland read without all of the madness that was going on between Abby and Travis.

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