Beautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuire

Publication Date: August 14th, 2012
Simon & Schuster
Format: Kindle Edition
RATING: 5 out of 5 Stars
SUMMARY
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.


Abby Abernathy is hiding. Known as “Lucky Thirteen” from her former life, she reinvented herself and left Vegas with her best friend, America. Enrolled as an “undecided” student in Eastern, everyone knew her as a demure, conservative, cashmere-and-pearls-wearing good girl– until she met Travis “mad dog” Maddox, a handsome underground fighter and a player extraordinaire. Travis was intrigued that Abby was immune to his charms. The pursuit was on until a bet came along. A month-long stay at his apartment if she loses and a whole month without sex for Travis if she wins. 

Once in a while, I’ll read reviews on Good Reads and stalk everyone’s bookshelf to find a book that catches my eye. This was such a pleasant surprise. I never thought that I’d find a book worthy enough to suffer going blind from reading on my iPhone. I just couldn’t stop.

I loved all of Abby’s persona. She’s spunky and snarky and downright annoying with her cluelessness when it comes to Travis. The cat and mouse game that these two played was very romantic, funny and sometimes scary. Travis became borderline obsessed with Abby. His hair-trigger violent tendencies was very explosive. I was surprised though, that never once did he get sued by one of those male students he assaulted. He was very jealous and very protective of Abby, so one wrong look and he beats them to a pulp. It was very childish sometimes but it was just the way Travis was. Growing up in a houseful of boys without a mother tends to make you uneducated when it comes to the proper way to love. All he’d ever known was violence. But he didn’t get beat up at home. It was mostly living with four older brothers, a mountain of a father who thought rough-housing was equivalent to loving. Their family dynamic was quite sweet in a gruff way, actually. 

Now Travis…what to say about him? His obsession with Abby was disturbing sometimes. I get the all consuming type of love but man, I draw the line at getting some girl’s name tatt’d up on your wrist after a month or so of being with her. It was ridiculously sweet. And my word! the way he’d watched her as she slept? Hello??? Edward Cullen syndrome. Lol. Anyway, I still loved him. He’s so stupidly in love with “Pigeon” aka, Abby that I could probably forgive his craziness. 

I really loved Ms McGuire’s writing. She didn’t fill the pages by describing things and situations. She just got down to the nitty-gritty of the story. I tend to skip pages when an author yammers on about how contemporary a bedroom is 🙂

I enjoyed this book and her writing so much that I think I’m going to check out the rest of her books!

PLEASE NOTE:  This review was previously posted on Goodreads a month after its original release date (May, 2011). I gave it a 5 star-rating then when I didn’t have a blog. So, I’d like to apologize that this book will not be a part of my 5 STAR REVIEW GIVEAWAYS. I am also aware of the drama that followed this book since then and in no way will likely change my opinions about it. 

  • I loved this too Joy! The drama didn't change my opinion on this story one bit either! Great review. Oh Travis!! 🙂

  • Jo

    I'm reading this book, at some point. FLOVE the title. And well, your review didn't help at all. Now I want to read it even more.
    So, Thank you.

  • Excellent review! I am so glad you re posted it here for us!!! This was proof you needed a blog before you had this one up and running!! I wanted to read this before but you made me need it. The crazy ways os Abby and Travis have me intrigued!!