Review: Beautiful Disaster by Jamie MaGuire

Beautiful Disaster

Jamie McGuire


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.

My Thoughts:  So this is what “New Adult” fiction is? I think it and I are going to get along very well. I absolutely loved Beautiful Disaster. I’m not really sure why I waited so long to read it, but I should have read it sooner. I read about 30 pages when I first bought it while waiting for my husband to do something, I don’t remember what, but I was in the car and was hooked right away. I had to put it down at the time thought because I was behind on review books. Well I just picked it back up and read almost the remaining 400 pages in a day. I just couldn’t put it down! It was so good!

The protagonist is Abby Abernathy. She’s hoping to start over in college and get away from her past. You know how it is though, your past always catches up with you and falling for the school player isn’t the best way to make good changes for her. Travis is everything that is bad for her, but he is oh so right for her. I loved him. Seriously. He’s not even my type normally but.. I’m pretty sure I’d give him a chance. Abby is hesitant and they become really good friends. She is not going to be another notch on his belt. I liked that she didn’t get all gushy for him right away. She wasn’t a perfect heroine, she had her flaws, but that’s what made her easier to connect with. She was human.

Alright. Talk about some steamy scenes. There are a few times when things get hot and heavy, not too descriptive that it would make you blush, but just right. I might be a bit jealous of Abby. Maybe.

The entire story was just amazing. It’s not like a girl meets boy, they fall in love kind of love story. No, anything but. There were tears shed, face hurting smiles had. Sometimes I was just so happy for the characters. The character building was wonderful, the setting was easy to imagine. Jamie McGuire write an amazing story the pulls you in and makes you want more. I might have immediately ordered Walking Disaster right after I finished this one. I need to read it from Travis’ PoV.

Overall, amazing book. Probably one of my favourites of the year. I will be recommending it many times I’m sure. I will have to check out more from this “New Adult” genre and see where it takes me.


8 thoughts on “Review: Beautiful Disaster by Jamie MaGuire

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  2. I love those books that just pull you right in … I’ve had a few like that, where I’ve started them in the car and don’t want to put them down! I haven’t read too much New Adult, but I’ve liked what I’ve read so far. It’s nice to have those in-between books from YA to adult … they’re fun reads!

    Great review, Jenn!

  3. I hadn’t even heard of the term “New Adult” until about a month ago while poking around Goodreads. I’m really intrigued by the idea, but am afraid that they’re all focused on romance. I usually need more than that! But this review made me think that maybe it’s worth a shot to see what it’s like, especially if it’s not just the typical gushy love story.

    • Yeah, when I first heard of it I was like “what?”. But I can see how they came up with that name, since it’s focused towards a college aged environment generally. It’s when we first get out on our own and start trying to figure life out. There is quite a bit of romance since it is about a relationship, but it’s just so good, for me. I’ve recently heard that this seems to be a hit or miss book for most people. I just can’t wait for the next book to get here!

  4. Wow, quite a raving review! I hadn’t been *too* interested in this book, but now you’re making me second-guess myself! I am curious about this “new adult” genre. Hopeful that it will be all the goodness of YA with less of the frustration. 🙂

    • haha, Thanks! I really loved it and whenever I read a book that I can’t get enough of I just rave in my review. It makes the review really easy to write actually, most of the time. At least once I get going! I found there was a bit of frustration in this one, but not too much for me!

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