Rating: 3.5 stars
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 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.
So I have been hearing about this one for ages and I finally just had to see what all the rage was about. In Beautiful Disaster, I found a story that was charming to the last page filled with a great cast of characters that I really loved.
The plot was interesting. The first half or so I absolutely loved. I thought everything was absolutely perfect. Then I got to a point where some plot points felt so out of place and I found myself asking where they had come from. They weren’t developed enough for me to grasp a full understanding of them I felt, so they seemed odd and really random to me. There was also some crazy things that happen that didn’t seem realistic. I loved all the witty banter between America and the other characters – it was so fun to read.
The characters in Beautiful Disaster were pretty awesome. I just loved them! Abby was a great main character though she was one of my least favorite characters of the book. Finch was cool, as was America. I would love to have friends like them! America was so impulsive, sweet, and caring! Travis was such a hunk, though some of the crazy things he did were a bit unsettling.
Beautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuire was a pretty good read. Fans of contemporary should definitely give this one a try. I had some issues with the plot, but once I moved past that is was a really enjoyable book.