Review: Beautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuire

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The new Abby Abernathy is a good girl. She doesn’t drink or swear, and she has the appropriate percentage of cardigans in her wardrobe. Abby believes she has enough distance between her and 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.
Overall Thoughts:
Yes, I do understand all the hype surrounding this book. Yes, this is one of the best books I've read in a while. *Screams*

Beautiful Disaster is about a girl named Abby Abernathy who is just starting college in a completely new place with a completely new outlook on life. Because of her rather edgy and tough past, she's sworn to herself to be the perfect person, looking for her "happily ever after". Then, she runs into the complete opposite of that - Travis Maddox. He is danger incarnate, physically and emotionally.

When the pair first meet, it's pretty obvious what Travis' intentions are with Abby: A One Night Stand. Now Abby may have turned a new leaf, but she's still a tough person herself and ignores and/or dismisses all of Travis's advances. As time progresses, the two find themselves becoming closer and closer, quickly becoming best friends. But what happens when Travis's extreme lifestyle of violence, sex, and gambling starts reminding Abby of the one thing that she tried to get away from - her past.

What I liked about this book:
This book has everything! I'm trying not to become too fan-girly but I can't help it! This has become one of my favorite books! I was entertained literally from page 1! This is the classic story of bad boy falls in love with good girl but was so much more! It was emotional. It was intense. It was the most romantic and touching thing ever!

Travis starts out as this intimidating jerk, who is masked with tattoo-covered muscles and a dirty mouth to match. The more time he spends with Abby, the more we get to see the protective, shy, and lovable side of him. Abby, on the other hand, remains a static character in my opinion, which isn't a bad thing at all. She started out as a strong girl who turned a blind eye to Travis's charm, and ended as a strong girl who, in a way, tamed Mr. Travis Maddox a.k.a Ladies Man Extraordinaire.

What I disliked about this book:
I can honestly say that there was nothing I disliked about this book. It. Was. Brilliant.

This has become one of my favorite books of all time. It's the kind of book that you can't help but zoom through but once you're finished, you just want to slap yourself for reading it so fast!


Carmen Shaw


Carmen N. Shaw is currently a biology major at Georgia State University. She is the owner and developer of the book blog, Understanding Carmen's Story.


  1. Great review Shae! From all the reviews I've been reading this sounds like a love it or hate it book, so I'm curious to see what it'll be like for me. And I'm glad you ended up loving it! ^__^

  2. Yes I've definitely noticed the love/hate relationship too around this book. I personally loved it! I read it last summer, and just couldn't put it down! :) Great review!

  3. I really loved this book. I agree that it's definitely a love it/hate it book, but no matter what issues I had with the characters in Beautiful Disaster, I couldn't help but fall in love with them anyway!

  4. I loved this book as well. It is an addictive read, but also a love it or hate it one. I cannot wait for my paperback copy to arrive!

    Teresa @ Readers Live A Thousand Lives

  5. This is already going to be a movie! I was about to read it but then read that it is like Fifty Shades of Grey minus the sex lol.


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