Release Date: May 26, 2011
Age: Adult/ Mature Young Adult 17+
Genre: Romance, Contemporary, Chick Lit, Realistic Fiction
Buy it: Amazon
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.As an adult, I've been exposed to so many dysfunctional relationships, but never have I read about one that was so broken and heart warming at the same time. I know, I know, it doesn't make sense. But, it's so true. In all of the drama, heartbreak, and pain, Beautiful Disaster is this remarkable story that everyone should read! Above everything else, it's a love story (by far the best love story I've ever read), but it's also a story about growing up and getting over the things we don't like about ourselves or our pasts. It will make the reader reflect, a lot. Cry, a lot. And best of all it will make the reader smile, a lot.
Beautiful Disaster is my favorite contemporary romance, ever. Forget Sarah Dessen (I still love her but..) forget Jennifer Echols, and any other author I thought was my favorite, Jamie has knocked them all off the top of the list. I only thought they were the best because I hadn't read anything by Jamie. Jamie McGuire writes a true love story that isn't all rainbows and kisses. It's so very real and so very, well, disastrous.
Travis is at the top of my list of fictional best friends, and fictional boyfriends. His funny lines and true pain make him a relatable and an amazing leading man. Abby is his perfect counterpart, she keeps him straight and in line. Together they have a rough road ahead of them, but I think they'll make it through.
My favorite part of the book is when Abby meets Travis' family. It's hilarious and emotional all in one.
I caught myself rereading pages before going on, to make the book last longer. I will reread it within the next few weeks (bet that). Jamie is an amazing story teller. I just bought her book Providence and can't wait to get started on it.
Little Tiny Spoiler Alert: A great thing about this book is it doesn't scream sequel, there's no painful cliffhanger, it has a nice resolution. Would I love to read more? Heck yes! But, if it stops here and doesn't keep going it won't hold me to the edge of my chair needing a conclusion.