Aug 10, 2012

Book Review: Beautiful Disaster


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, 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.


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Have you ever ran across a book that totally engrossed you but find almost impossible to classify?  BEAUTIFUL DISASTER is that book for me.  Good thing that writing reviews tends to clarify my thoughts though with this book it is hard not to give away too much of the story.

Ms. McGuire has done a wonderful overall job with BEAUTIFUL DISASTER.  The pacing is spot on with just enough slower scenes to give the reader a chance to catch their breath.  The dialogue flowed easily and really reminded me of some college age people that I know.  And the characters are very realistic with their hopes, dreams and fears.

Travis and Abby's relationship is like watching a train wreck about to happen yet  it is impossible to look away and to not cheer them on.  This tension is what keeps the reader totally engrossed in the story.  I found BEAUTIFUL DISASTER impossible to put down as I had to know what was going to happen next.

I am still not sure how to classify this book.  Normally based on the ages of Abby and Travis I would go with young adult however there is a lot of underage drinking, sex and violence that parents do need to be aware of.  

I do rate this book a 4.75.

*** I received this book at no charge from NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.  All opinions expressed within are my own.





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