Sunday, January 22, 2012

Beautiful Disaster Review

Beautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuire is a book that is sure to cure your bad boy cravings with so much college co-ed drama you'll feel like you're in the middle of an addictive soap opera.

The new Abby Abernathy is a good girl.  Abby believes she has enough distance between her and the darkness of her past, but when she arrives at college with her best friend America, 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 charming college co-ed. Intrigued by Abby’s resistance to his charms, 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’ apartment for the same amount of time. Either way, Travis has no idea that he has met his match.

Abby is awesome!  She's had a rough life because of her parents but has decided to get a fresh start at college.  She's sweet, loyal, and doesn't fall for Travis' charms.  
"I didn't say you're a bad person.  I just don't like being a forgone conclusion for the sole reason of having a vagina."
Love it....especially being said to a male who does NOT have female was just priceless.  So anyway, Travis and Abby start to become friends and learning about each other.  Travis gets called for a fight and makes a bet with Abby that he won't let his component get even one hit if she stays with him for a month and if he does get hit he will abstain from sex for that month.  Of course, being the perfect bad boy he is, Travis wins and Abby ends up moving in to his apartment for the month.  She's afraid it's all a ploy to get in her pants but Travis continues to tell her that he likes her too much and that she's important to him
"Why on earth would you want me to stay with you, anyway?" I asked.  Travis shrugged, shoving his hands in his pockets.  "I don't know.  Everything's better when you're around."
So sweet....sigh....  So they begin their month of living together.  Abby starts to date one of Travis' frat brothers, Parker, and he does not take it well but tries to act nonchalant because he doesn't want to lose Abby all together.  A few rumors start and things end between Parker and Abby at least until her month is up with Travis and she's back in her dorm, or at least he thinks that's what will happen.  But lines start to blur between Travis and Abby and her last night at his apartment the line is totally crossed.

She's so confused about what to do about Travis because she thinks he is exactly what she doesn't need so she moves back into her dorm and Travis freaks out.  He thought things had changed and that they were going to be together but even thought she's determined to act like nothing happened between them he is just as determined to prove her wrong.
"I know we're fucked up,, all right?  I'm impulsive, and hot-tempered, and you get under my skin like no one else.  You act like you hate me one minute, and then you need me the next.  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." wouldn't want to hear those words...Right?  I swear my eyes got that dreamy look in them just reading it!  Finally, they both get what they want and start dating and when they are together things are amazing for both of them.  Not only are they in love but their best friends as's sweet and adorable but one night in Vegas, after tending to a problem for her dad, everything goes down hill for Abby and Travis.  He thinks he's doing something good that will benefit both of them and Abby refuses to be with him if he chooses that path since she's been down that road before.  So things end and both of them are down right miserable....I was so pissed at Travis at this point in the book I wanted to smack him upside his head....a couple of times at that!

Even though they were broken up Abby still goes home with Travis for Thanksgiving since she told him she would and he was too scared to tell his Dad why they weren't together.  While there things start to change and Abby realizes she doesn't want to fight herself anymore and wants to get back together with Travis  especially after a talk she has with his Dad
 "I've never seen him smile the way he does when he's with you.  I hope all my boys have an Abby one day."

Instead of asking for her back he finally gives her the out she's been wanting.  He wants to keep her in his life and is afraid if he doesn't let her go he'll lose her friendship.

Abby is absolutely miserable and it seems that Travis is back to his old self or at least not showing how upset he is over not being with her anymore.  She ends up going to the Valentine's Dance at Travis' frat house with one of her friends and after a night of both of them drinking and not exactly getting along, Travis has finally had enough.  He throws her over his shoulder, all cave man style...eeek!, takes her to his apartment and makes her sleep it off so they can talk about their problems and get back what they had
 "I knew the second I met you that there was something about you I needed.  Turns out it wasn't something about you at all.  It was just you."
Back to sweet and adorable..... Abby and Travis get an absolutely beautiful happily ever after, although it's still full of drama but then again they are still in college.  All I can say is it was an addictive book, like a car wreck that you couldn't look away  just had to know what was going to happen next to Travis and Abby.  Travis is like the ultimate bad know the super hot one that every girl would love to tame but really there will only be one girl that will ever get that pleasure?  Yeah....that's Travis and let me tell you it's so much fun to read ;)

Beautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuire is a definite must read!  It kept me up past my bedtime because I just couldn't put it down.  They had me in knots the entire story cheering for them to get together, make up, and find peace together.  Check it out, seriously, you'll love it! 

Happy Reading!


  1. Travis oh Travis, how I love me some Travis! I was so engrossed in this book the first time I read it I don't think I put it down until it was finished and then I was sad because I didn't want it to end. Loved the ending but I want more. I want more Abby and Travis!

  2. I am jealous! Of Abby. She has an awesome best friend who would do anything for her and even though they get a little mad at each other and it seems like America pushes the whole Travis thing it's almost like she knows and is doing what is best for her! As for Travis well, I want my own!!! But I think every girl does. He knew all the right things to say well except for when he was sticking his foot in his mouth but you know what I mean rofl!

  3. This was a great book especially when I was getting out of my YA phase and headed into my adult fiction phase! But now it seems a bit TOO much drama for me probably because they are so young! Great writing though! Have you read Jamie's providence series? They are awesome!

  4. O.M.G. Loved this book!!!!!! I swear Travis reminds me of this guy I went to college with it's not even funny, all the way down to the tattoos! Awesome book!

  5. YUM! Travis is so yummy I sometimes forget he's just a fictional character. Although I did read somewhere that Jamie McGuire based him off of a real live person can I say yum again and I would like to know where I can find him! I guess I should ask if he's single or not cause that would be a real bummer!!! Did I mention Travis is YUM? He is so sweet, the definition of bad boy, sexy as hell, and again did I mention yummy? Loved this book, I've read it 2 or 3 times already and got so caught up my husband swore I forgot I was still married to him lol oooppps! He still loves me though :)

  6. Lacey - I'd love more too...Maybe Travis' P.O.V. will give us more?

    Natasha - LOL, America is a great friend and Abby is quite lucky to have that!

    Elana - I have read them, I'm ready for #3!!!

    Meredith - If I'm not mistaken Jamie said in an interview with that Travis IS based on a real guy that she went to school with ;)

    Marrise - LOL, I'm not surprised you loved this book. It screamed you when I read it, is that why you recommended it to me???

  7. Hi Lori! Great review! Someone sent me the link to your blog, and I had to come check it out. To answer the question, Travis is based on a real person, and no, he's not single. Don't worry, I was a little bummed, too, when I heard the news!

    Just wanted to say thanks for spreading the word about Beautiful Disaster! I'm almost finished with Book 3 of the Providence series. I'll send you an ARC so you can review it. ;)

    Take care!

  8. Jamie - You are awesome! Thank you for the compliment and for checking out my blog :) Big Thank you to whoever shared this with you too! OMG I'd love to review book 3 for you, I loved the first two :)
    Have a great day Girlie!