Saturday, 16 February 2013
Review - Beautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuire
Author: Jamie McGuire
Publisher: Simon and Schuster UK
Publication Date: 26/05/2011
Book Description: INTENSE. DANGEROUS. ADDICTIVE.
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
Review: I adored this book. I can’t tell you how long its been since I've really became so absorbed into a book. I literally couldn’t put it down. At first (for some absurd reason) I was kinda reluctant to pick this up and read. This is mainly because one of my friends said the main guy in it is not attractive at all as he has a buzz cut (to each their own). But with another friend nagging at me to read I decided to give it a go and I'm so glad I did.
What I liked: The whole plot was perfect. From such a simple idea for a YA romance Jamie McGuire really described everything realistically and vividly. The pacing was great, it had the perfect amount of drama, romance and humor you could ever want to find in a book. I’m a sucker for a love hate relationship and this book… (ノಠ益ಠ)ノ my feels.
I also loved the characters. The male protagonist is Travis Maddox. He is described as “sexy, built, and covered in tattoos”. What more could you ask for ;) He really is oozing in testosterone. Although I have read a couple reviews on goodreads where people were “creeped” out by his full on, possessive and clingy personality, I digress! Fight for your woman man! Do what needs to be done. I admit a few times in the book he does become violent and is described as throwing furniture about, beating up guys but that’s all part of his personality and charm. I like how Abby the female protagonist is really the only one who keeps him calm and level headed. Yes their relationship was intense, even described as a disaster but that’s the point. The book is called Beautiful Disaster for a reason. I also loved all the secondary characters: America, Shep, Finch. McGuire really took the time to develop each character and give them all their own personality.
What I didn’t like: I’m finding it hard to state what I didn’t like simply cos there is barely anything I could criticize. However If I was really going to be a picky bitch I would say the ending could have been better. I felt it ended too quickly with Abby suggesting such a huge life-changing idea at only 19 years old. I kinda felt she was going against her moral code she kept throughout the book. But hey, fuck i,t if you are that much in love.. Who knows what you would do. (´ ▽｀).。ｏ♡
Ahhhhhhh I would honestly recommend this book to ANYONE. It is amazing, my new baby hfdsjhk definitely up their with some of my faves. I cannot wait to anymore books in this fabulous series!