Beautiful Disaster: A Novel PDF

Title Beautiful Disaster: A Novel
Author Jamie McGuire
Publisher Atria Books
Category Contemporary Romance
Released Date 2012-07-11
Language English
Format EPUB / PDF
Pages 433
Total Downloads 237,218
Total Views 948,275
Rating
4/5 (929 ratings)

Summary

A New York Times and USA TODAY bestseller about a good girl dangerously drawn to the ultimate bad boy.

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 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....


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tripsis_1

5/5
booknook — Young Adult book reviewsGuys. I feel like I have read every amazing book on the planet this year. But this one.. this one tops the list.I was terrified going into Beautiful Disaster. I don't know why I got so worked up over it, but I did. I was scared because Beautiful Disaster seems to be a "love it" or "hate it" kind of book.. and I so badly wanted to love it. All my worries ended on the very first page. I was totally hooked. I was in love.I barely even know how to describe my reading experience. The physical experience was every bit as valuable as the story. I spent one entire day reading this book in extremely awkward positions (including laying on the floor with my feet up in the air on a chair..wtf?), I took this book with me to the bathroom because I couldn't possibly part with it, and I quoted every other line to my amazingly tolerant boyfriend. I laughed, I giggled insanely, and most importantly, I cried like a little girl. I think my eyes were in tears the entire last quarter of the book. I went from sad, to desperate, to happy, to insanely happy, and back to sad when the book ended and I had no more amazingness to read.Jamie McGuire is a freakin' genius. I'm usually very picky about my bad boys, but Jamie set up Beautiful Disaster perfectly so that I would fall head over heels for Travis. Normally in stories like this there's the asshole bad boy and then there's the nice guy, and I always fall for the nice guy. Not this time! Travis had a great mix of bad boy jerk and sweet, sensitive, affectionate man. That way, when compared to Parker, Parker just looked like the boring, "safe" option, and Travis looked like the passionate, head over heels, to die for option.I think a lot of people don't like this book because they look at Travis and they see a troubled guy who's a bit of an asshole and objectifies women. That's why I was scared going into this book, because I normally hate that kind of thing. But when I looked at Travis, I saw so much more than that. In the first scene he has a bimbo on his lap, but as soon as she insults his friend, he's like "Get the fuck out. Now." I knew right then and there that I would like Travis. He may have flaws but he is loyal. He's not a jackass. He loves his friends, he sticks up for them, and he'll go the lengths of the world for them. His relationship with Abby isn't perfect, but my god, it is passionate. I honestly think the title for this book is so perfect, because their relationship was absolutely beautiful.. but it was also a disaster. It was a little dysfunctional, and a little crazy, and there were definitely highs and lows. But that's what made this book an absolute delight of a roller coaster. When things were going badly, I was desperately clinging onto every page, waiting for things to get better again. I rarely get that invested in books, but I literally felt like my life would end if Travis and Abby couldn't make their relationship work.Even the side characters were amazing and so full of life! America.. how I LOVED LOVED LOOOVED America! She is like the best friend I never had and always wanted. She's so fiercely loyal and always siding with Abby and always supporting her no matter what. I love how they always run to each others' sides when things get tough.My only 'problems' with the book are two small things:The blurb isn't exactly accurate. It says, "The new Abby Abernathy is a good girl. She doesn’t drink or swear.." Abby isn't as much of a "good girl" as the blurb implies. It clearly says, "She doesn't drink or swear," but Abby actually does drink and she has a fake ID. So if Abby is a "good girl" who has a fake ID and goes to clubs and drinks, what the heck am I? :P I don't drink, I never had a fake ID, and I don't go clubbing. I must be the virgin mary! I know that there is a big back story behind this, but I felt like there was never a point in the book where Abby was a good girl. Yes she was trying to start over with a new slate, but she was never ever innocent and never turned down a drink.The other thing isn't really a problem with the book, it's just something that kept making me laugh. Travis always calls Abby "Pigeon" or "Pidge," and I could never keep a straight face. Lady and the Tramp, anyone? The Tramps calls Lady "Pidge" ALL THE TIME! I just couldn't help but think of those cartoon characters every time Travis said it!I feel like I've barely scratched the surface with this review. This book really shook me to my very core. Do you ever feel silly when you yell at characters in a movie for making a mistake? Because obviously they can't "hear" you and nothing you say will change the movie. But when I was reading this book I was yelling at the characters and wishing like crazy that things would work out.. despite the fact that obviously my yelling and wishing wouldn't do any good. But that's how much I fell in love with this book and that's how much it affected me. I know my boyfriend will vouch for all the times I pasted him quotes from the book over Skype, and my mom laughed at me for shrieking in delight over the exciting parts and for screaming, "I LOVE THIS BOOK!!!"There is no doubt in my mind.. this is the best book I have read this year. Period. This is one of my all time favourite books. Danny: I first heard about Beautiful Disaster when I read your Bewitched Bookworms review. THANK YOU SO MUCH!! I'm so incredibly thrilled that I discovered this book and I have you to thank!I can't think of a single guy I know that's good enough for you.Your skin was three inches from my face, and you're beautiful, and you smell fucking awesome when you sweat. I kissed you! I'm sorry!You're all I think about. You're all I dream about. You're all I want.I was his exception, and as much as I had tried to fight my feelings, he was mine.

readerscandyb

5/5
No doubt about it this book is 5 out of 5. If you love a good girl getting mixed up with a bad boy then you have to read this! Abby goes to college with her best friend and her life goes from calm to messed up in no time. She meets sexy, cut Travis Maddox and becomes completely consumed in his bad boy world. Travis earns money fighting in an underground fight club and has every girl drooling over him. When him and Abby's life intertwines they make a bet where if Abby loses she has to live with him for a month or if he wins he has to stay abstinent for a month. The outcome of the bet leads to a messed up relationship with tons of suspense and passion. They expose their secrets to one another and start the journey of a beautiful disaster.

chaostheory08

3/5
This is a Reading Good Books review.They call it “Fifty Shades for young adults”.Walking One-Night Stand, Travis Maddox meets his match in Abby Abernathy. Travis is the one of the best underground fighters. Abby shows up in one of his fights dressed in a cardigan which he later sprays with blood. Travis is cousin to Shepley who is in a relationship with America, Abby’s best friend. Abby and America are new to Eastern University, getting away from Abby’s dark past.I admit that I enjoyed Fifty Shades for what it’s worth. Reading it with a fanfiction mindset also helped. With that said, I did enjoy reading this book. I read it inside of 2-3 days and there were parts where I could not put it down. The writing is okay and easy to read. It was fast-paced and the… themes… are pretty interesting to young adults and adults alike. But there were bits in the book that, in the words of one of the characters, “has just become one convoluted clusterfuck”. I think the author tried to fit so much about the characters that it became a bit confusing. Abby’s backstory came out of nowhere but it was poorly handled that I didn’t know what to make of it. I think it’s supposed to be a driving force for the second part of the novel but it didn’t have quite as much impact as what I think the author is going for that it almost became an afterthought.This book’s strength is in its characters. Especially the supporting roles, America and Shepley. Abby and Travis were a little too ideal – straight A student bad boy and a “simple” girl who cleans up real nice? Yeah, of course. Travis came across as over-the-top scary many times. America acts like the voice of reason and at the same time, Abby’s best protector. I love the way she goes all out in everything she does. I also love the Maddox family. What a rowdy group of men!What I did not like was the ending. It kind of turned me off from the whole thing. I felt that the ending was the biggest cliche of them all. It was very predictable. As soon as I realized what will happen, I went, “Please, no. Not that direction…” But oh well, got to have at least one painfully obvious cliche in every YA novel, right? And considering this ended up like it did, the story stretched on too long.I had a bit of trouble digesting that this is classified as a young adult novel. In the several bookstores that I visited, I’ve seen this shelved either under YA or contemporary adult fiction. It does have a YA feel but at the same time, it’s a bit dark to be truly YA. Maybe for older young adults? If that makes sense. There are a few themes that I don’t think will send the right message to the teen crowd. Also, I could totally see this as a TV show on the CW Network. This is definitely right up their alley.Rating: 3/5.Recommendation: If you liked Christian Grey and how he treats his woman then you might also like Travis Maddox. And this book.