Book Review: Beautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuire

[SPOILER-FREE BOOK REVIEW] Rating: ⭐⭐⭐

Today I’m reviewing Beautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuire. Now, if you like to read reviews on Goodreads like I do, prepare to have your mind blown. People have been going crazy over this book, and not all in a positive way. I skipped reading the reviews after two or three and bought the book anyway. I like to know a little bit about the book before I dive in, just not too much. I’m quite simple; if someone with the same tastes in books as me recommends it, I read it. So here’s my unpredjudiced spoiler free review of Beautiful Disaster. 

Synopsis: 

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 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.

I was immediately sucked into the story and that’s something I really value in a good book: the ability to captivate your attention on the first page. Getting into this story and getting familiar with the characters and their background stories went really smooth and I was a quarter into this book before I realized it. I liked the development of the main characters’ relationship, although it was a difficult one.

“To douchebags!” he said, gesturing to Brad. “And to girls that break your heart,” he bowed his head to me. His eyes lost focus. “And to the absolute fucking horror of losing your best friend because you were stupid enough to fall in love with her.”

Now, I know that people have had some issues with the temper and destructive personalities of the characters, but I just want to tell you that no one is perfect. Not even in books. In fact, I highly dislike books where main characters pretend to be perfect, honest people who always make the right decisions. To me, that’s boooring. I like scarred and flawed people. Some of them live and learn and have good intentions. Some of them don’t. It reminds me of real humans.

So even though some parts had me ‘WOW! Holy sh*t! Did that just actually happen?’ I still enjoyed reading this book. The plot gets a little repetitive towards the end, but I absolutely loved the dialogues in the story. I wouldn’t recommend Travis to be your next book boyfriend, or Abby your next book girlfried (she’s indecisive as f*ck), but I would recommend reading this book.  Scarred and flawed people deserve love too.

“It’s over. Go home.
You’re my home.”

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