Mini-Review: Beautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuire

March 26, 2013
Title: Beautiful Disaster
Author: Jamie McGuire
Published: Self | May, 2011
Genre: Contemporary Romance,NA
Series: Beautiful
Beautiful Disaster
Walking Disaster

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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.


     I always feel like I need to defend this book with so many people I know hating it this much. Beautiful Disaster is The Book that made me love bad boys and angsty romance. This book is like 50 shades for me. The same way I fell in love with eroticas adult books after reading 50 shades is the same way I became a die hard fan of new adult genre just by reading Beautiful Disaster. Yes, there were some scenes that made me question the difference between being over-protective and acting like a total stalker, but when I look at the story as a whole, there is something very captivating about Beautiful Disaster that you couldn't help but be entertained by it, in the least.

     Abby is a good girl. Travis is a bad boy/ sex on the stick. Now that is the perfect combination of an emotionally frustrating yet equally entertaining and sexy romance. I liked Abby instantly simply because she didn't caved in for Travis's charm and set him straight. Even after she started dating Travis, she didn't think twice before leaving him if he did something terrible, which he did because he was one messed up character. I admire Abby for that. As for Travis, I don't think I've ever read about a person who is so unstable in his life, from the outside he seems perfect but we get to know the real Travis when he is with Abby. He is obsessed with her to the point I felt awkward being in Abby's position but what made me love Travis was his determination. He never gave up on her and improved throughout the book. I loved seeing him with his family and getting to know how close he is to his brothers. It's the little things about Travis that made me fall head-over heels in love with him.

     Beautiful Disaster is not a book for everyone. If you can't handle hot & cold characters, then look for something else. Jamie McGuire wrote a brilliant yet risque book about an abnormal yet normal relationship. One moment I wanted Abby & Travis to have a happy ending and the next moment I wanted to murder both of them. My emotions were all over the place with this one and I've never read anything like this. It's different and I love it! Highly recommended to all the fans of angsty romance.

PS: On a complete side note, I feel so weird that Abby's best friend's name was America. Seriously!?! America! *shakes head*


  1. I heard many things about this book. Great review!

    ~ In This World of Books..

  2. I read BD couple of months ago and recently finished Walking Disaster. Personally i thought WD was WAY better than BD. (I'm not hating! Well..maybe a bit :P )

    Glad you enjoyed!

    Charlie xx

    1. Haha, it's okay. I actually had the complete opposite reaction. I loved Walked Disaster, I loved getting to know Travis but Beautiful Disaster is still my favorite.
      Thanks for stopping by :)

  3. This sounds really good! I haven't read any New Adult novels yet, but I'm mentally compiling a list (90% of which I'll forget immediately, I'm sure) of ones that I want to read and this is going on it! : ) Ha ha.

    1. *gasp* WHAT! No NA. Why? Na is my absolute favorite genre, you really need to give it a try. You can also check out the unforgettable reads tab (up there) for recommendations, if you want. But YAY for adding BD!

  4. I definitely liked Beautiful Disaster more than Walking Disaster. I like Travis but I LOVE Shepley. I don't know why but he's a cool guy :) I found the name America funny too!

    Janhvi @ The Readdicts

    1. Me too! I liked it from Abby's POV, that way Travis was a mysterious hot stranger instead of a vulnerable lover boy. I love Shep too, though America is very annoying in both books. I don't like her very much. I wonder how Shep handles her. LOL

  5. I definitely agree with you that this isn't a book for everyone! I really enjoyed it when I first read it, but when I did a re-read I ended up not liking it as much. But... It is one of the books that got me hooked on the NA genre (I didn't know what it was called at the time), so that's a good thing.

    Great review!


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