Title: Beautiful Disaster (Beautiful #1)
Author: Jamie McGuire
Release date: August 14, 2012
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.
Beautiful Disaster is one of those books that it seems everyone either loves or hates. I am sad to say that I was not one of the ones who loved it. In fact, it’s one of the lowest rated books I’ve ever reviewed here on the blog.
Honestly, there is only one thing I liked about Beautiful Disaster and it was the writing. It wasn’t spectacularly well written or anything like that but the writing really sped up the book. This is one the few books I’ve really disliked that I’ve been able to read in less than a day. Normally if I don’t like a book I just stop reading and it takes me forever to get through it. It was the exact opposite with Beautiful Disaster. I could not put the book down. It’s kind of like with a train wreck: you know it’s going to be bad but you just can’t look away. That is basically exactly how I feel about Beautiful Disaster.
Let’s start with Travis, the super sexy bad boy that everyone seems to love. The first word that comes to mind when I think of Travis is scary. Literally if I met him I would be scared of him. He’s mean, he’s a bit of a drunk, he’s hot-headed and short-tempered, he’s brutish, and above all he’s just an asshole. There is not a single thing about Travis that I liked. He acted like he owned Abby even when they were supposedly just friends. He beat the crap out of people when they said one wrong word to Abby. He tormented her when she finally found a guy she might want to date. And on top of that he was a clingy, needy guy who couldn’t live without Abby. He CRIED at one point when she left him because he was being a stupid jerk. I am perfectly okay with guys crying but this was just taking it to the extreme. He was 100% bad news!
As for Abby, she wasn’t a whole lot better. In fact, I may have disliked her more than I disliked Travis because she was the one stupid enough to let him get away with all the crap he did to her. She starts off the book saying she’d never fall for a guy like Travis and tries her hardest to stay away from him and make him not want her. Oh and her way of making him not want her is to dress in ratty sweats and a t-shirt with no makeup and flip flops. Umm hello, that’s how I dress a lot of the time and I like to think that a guy could still find me attractive dressed like that. That whole thing just didn’t make sense to me. You can only be attractive to a guy when you’re dressed pretty and covered in makeup? Then there’s the whole thing with the bet and her having to live with Travis and sleep in his bed. Okay not so bad, right? Wrong! As soon as she moves in she lets Travis dictate what she does, what she wears, who she hangs out with. She lets him run her life. And as mentioned above when he beats the crap out of people for talking bad about her? She encourages him! What the heck? Why would you encourage your boyfriend to beat someone bloody in the middle of the cafeteria? I’m pretty sure there’s a line between defending someone’s honor and being a psychopath and Travis crossed that line. Really I could go on and on about the stupid things Abby let Travis do and the stupid things that she did herself but I’m going to stop before this review turns more into a book.
As for their whole relationship, I just didn’t get it. Travis sleeps with girl after girl and then just decides Abby is the one that he should settle down with? There is no explanation anywhere in the book about what makes her so special. Not once does Travis tell her why exactly he loves her and not all the other billions of girls that he’s slept with. At one point Abby has a chance for a healthy relationship with a great guy and she pretty much treats him like shit. She blows him off to hang out with Travis and then at one point she calls him from Travis’ phone right after he drops her off from a date to tell him that she’s in love with Travis. After spending tons of time denying that to him. Is that really the best way to break it to him? It was a pretty bitchy move. Everything about their relationship is just really unhealthy for them both and they know it but they stay together anyway. They are not good for each other and it’s clear from the very beginning.
Oh and my biggest peeve with this book (which may seem minor to you guys but I couldn’t stand it) was the fact that Travis nicknamed Abby “Pidgeon” or “Pidge” for short and then gave no explanation why! Seriously, what kind of nickname is that? If my boyfriend ever called me that I would probably laugh in his face and tell him to shut the hell up. It was seriously like Travis didn’t even know what her real name was because all he ever called her was Pidgeon or Pidge. It got old really fast and I kind of wanted to just stop paying attention to the story and instead just count how many times he called her that. (If you’ve read 50 Shades, it’s kind of like Ana with her “inner goddess” crap.)
Overall, I really did not like Beautiful Disaster. I don’t recommend it for anyone and I highly suggest you don’t waste your money on this one.
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