Review: Beautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuire
Author: Jamie McGuire
Publisher: Jamie McGuire
Published: May 26, 2011
Genre: New Adult, Romance, Contemporary
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.
He was afraid of nothing. Until he’d met me.
I have been meaning to read this book because its synopsis had me really smitten. Not to mention that it’s also one with a beautiful cover.
I love the story but I guess it’s not enough to convince and satisfy me. During the first chapters, I found myself really enjoying Abby and Travis’ push and pull relationship. I was expecting the plot to get even more interesting in the middle and up to the last parts, but sad to say, it didn’t. 😦
The characters were also annoying. Abby, I guess, is not a likeable character. I guess her reservations is too much that it irritates me. Travis, on the other hand, is also annoying. I love how sincere he is when it comes to his feelings with Abby, but gosh, the way he becomes more and more possessive and jealous– it’s NOT at all HEALTHY. I also can’t stand the way he acts so cruel with his school mates and the fact that no one can stop or defy him– not even the university professors or Dean or something? No disciplinary actions whatsoever?
This book is realistic, however, most parts are unbelievable. I can’t also believe how Travis quickly assumed that Abby is really the girl that he is waiting for right when he first set his eyes on her. Why? And how did he know right away?
The co-dependency part. It’s quite abnormal. How Travis becomes too attached to Abby and how he becomes insanely dependent with her presence, as if he can’t breathe without her. Oh my, it’s too excessive a girl could not take it.
“It’s dangerous to need someone that much. You’re trying to save him and he’s hoping you can. You two are a disaster.”
I smiled at the ceiling. “It doesn’t matter what or why it is. When it’s good, Kara… it’s beautiful.”
Some things that also make me wince are the violent parts of the book. The fighting and physical aggressions of the characters, especially Travis, are kind of unsettling. And every time Travis freaks out whenever Abby’s out of his sight– the way he destroys his furniture in his apartment– I guess it’s too much to handle.
I also thought Abby and Travis’ public display of affection is tiring. It’s also a thing that a reader will eventually get used to, that’s why I found myself bored at the last parts, to be honest.
But, anyway, the story is overall enticing. There’s passion and there are lots of dialogues worth highlighting. I think Travis’ devotion to Abby is too perfect and yeah, it’s rare to have such guys like him in real life. Talking about fiction. 🙂
My Rating for this Book: 3 Stars (It was still a great read, somehow.)
Favorite Lines from this Book
“I never get anything right, and I don’t deserve you… but I fucking love you, Abby. I love you more than I’ve loved anyone or anything, ever. When you’re around, I don’t need booze, or money, or the fighting, or the one-night stands… all I need is you. You’re all I think about. You’re all I dream about. You’re all I want.”