REVIEW: Beautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuire

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“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.”

Back of the book blurb:

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 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. 

Publication Date: August 14, 2012
Publisher: Atria Books
Pages: 432
ISBN: 9781476712048

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A message from the cosmos:

My rating:

If you’re looking for a sappy, romantic, ooey-gooey, porn-with-plot novel, stop reading and choose a different book because you most definitely will not get that here.

While Abby and Travis do have their moments, their relationship is so much more raw, real, and intense than any relationship in any book I have ever read. And kinda toxic too, just like America—Abby’s best friend—points out at one point in the novel. I mean, Travis was so codependent and I’m not sure if Jamie McGuire writes about it in a more upfront way or if this is just the dark side of being hopelessly in love, but damn, it was scary. The only thing that was missing was Travis threatening to kill himself if Abby left him. Their relationship was definitely more toxic than a lot of the romantic novels I have read. There’s a fine line between infatuation and obsessive/abusive and those lines were definitely blurred in Travis and Abby’s relationship.

I didn’t mean to get off to a bad start. This book was actually really amazing and McGuire’s writing is so vivid and unique. I absolutely loved Abby—well, most of the time. Her fucking with Parker was so annoying for me and definitely Parker! She was fun and caring and her relationship with her best friend, America was definitely a highlight of this book.

I can tell I have a type of book—the book where girls tame the bad boy/slut/the unattainable. And this was exactly what this book was. And I shamelessly enjoyed every minute of it. Travis, when not bat-shit crazy, was extremely adorable and loving and so sweet. Again, though, his love was so toxic and he could be really manipulative, too, especially when he was drunk.

This book was SO intense. Like, right from the first page, you hit the ground running. SO much happened SO fast I can’t tell if it’s bad writing or what, but damn, like time went by so fast in just the first fifty pages. Like they met in the first couple pages and Travis was completely obsessed with her by like page 20. I understand he found The One, but after being the player for so long… I guess you have to choose a side: Can people change? And if they can, is it possible to do it overnight? And the rest of the novel was the same way, like, you’d have ups and downs and ups and downs and ups and downs and ups and downs all in one chapter and it’s like, damn woman, stop fucking with my emotions so much!!!! It could get quite tiring at times and it’s just like, how much more can these people go through before it’s over?

So much happened I’m sure I’m missing out on something I wanted to say, but my brain has just an overload of information.

Don’t get me wrong, I enjoyed this book immensely, it’s just a little chaotic and I guess I’m not used to reading romance novels like that. I don’t think I’ll purchase the novel where it tells the story from Travis’s POV, but I would like to continue with The Maddox Brothers novels and see how McGuire’s writing progresses.

ALSO: I listened to Faded (Mr. Revillz Remix) by Zhu on repeat like the entire time I read this book (not while I read it, but you know...) and it goes PERFECT with the book. At least, I think it does. ;)

Happy Reading!

The Cosmic Reader

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