Review: Beautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuire

Review: Beautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuireBeautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuire
Series: Beautiful #1
Published by Atria Books on August 14th 2012
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
Pages: 416
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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.


If I could, I would’ve given this a rating of 1.5, but, even then, I’d still wonder if that’s too generous.

I can certainly understand the appeal. There’s the whole man-slut bad boy who is finally reformed by the good girl with bad past. That, however, doesn’t detract from some aspects of the book that seem inherently wrong.

Travis is made to portray that super strong, super smart playboy. His relationship with Abby just brings out the abuser/ stalker in him. There’s nothing that can make his insane jealousy okay. Lurking beneath the surface is the fact that one day it won’t just be the other guys getting hit, but Abby herself.

Abby isn’t exactly little-miss-innocent either. She’s an irrational teenager who knows the inherent wrongness of her relationship, but goes back to him anyway.

Ms. McGuire knows the relationship isn’t healthy. There are plenty of refenences made by other characters in addition to Abby.

Yet, that isn’t enough to make this unhealthy relationship end.

The characters in the story all felt so contrived and one dimensional. They’re thrown in to fit what the author wants to see play out between Abby and Travis. But they aren’t made to feel like real people.

This isn’t a book I can recommend in good conscience. If you’re looking for a bad boy reformation romance, read Midnight Bayou by Nora Roberts. Classic.


About Jamie McGuire

Jamie McGuire was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma. She attended Northern Oklahoma College, the University of Central Oklahoma, and Autry Technology Center where she graduated with a degree in Radiography.

Jamie paved the way for the New Adult genre with the international bestseller Beautiful Disaster. Her follow-up novel, Walking Disaster, debuted at #1 on the New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal bestseller lists. Beautiful Oblivion, book one of the Maddox Brothers series, also topped the New York Times bestseller list, debuting at #1. In 2015, books two and three of the Maddox Brothers series, Beautiful Redemption and Beautiful Sacrifice, respectively, also topped the New York Times, as well as a Beautiful series novella, Something Beautiful.

Novels also written by Jamie McGuire include: apocalyptic thriller and 2014 UtopYA Best Dystopian Book of the Year, Red Hill; the Providence series, a young adult paranormal romance trilogy; Apolonia, a dark sci-fi romance; and several novellas, including A Beautiful Wedding, Among Monsters, Happenstance: A Novella Series, and Sins of the Innocent.

Jamie is the first indie author in history to strike a print deal with retail giant Wal-Mart. Her self-published novel, Beautiful Redemption hit Wal-Mart shelves in September, 2015.

Jamie lives in Steamboat Springs, Colorado with her husband, Jeff, and their three children.


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0 Replies to “Review: Beautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuire”

  1. i am not a fan of this book..but i think walking disaster is better..
    thx 4 the review 🙂

  2. I’m yet the biggest fan of this book. And Abby and Travis’s. i love it! 🙂

  3. Great review! I love this book and I just read Beautiful Oblivion and loved that one too. <3

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