18 January 2013

{Book Review} Beautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuire

By: Me My Shelf And I | 18 January 2013 at 12:00 AM | | | | | | |


Beautiful Disaster
Beautiful #1
Author: Jamie McGuire
Pages: 437
Release Date: May 26, 2011
Publisher: Atria Books
Level: Mature Young Adult 17+
Rating: 5 Birds +

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.

BEAUTIFUL DISASTER is by far one of my top 5 books. Of all time. Books that make it up to that level, are often the ones that I can’t explain to people with out sounding like a raving lunatic. I’m not kidding….I tired suggesting it to a friend the other day and let’s just say I was getting one of those eyebrows-pulled-together-worried-about-my-sanity kind of looks through the duration. Here’s how it went down:

FRIEND: I need a new book to read…
ME: OMG, you have to read Beautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuire! I’m not kidding it’s easily one of my favorite books of all time. *wide eyed excited look that she might read it and we can obsess over it together*
FRIEND: Really? What’s it about?
ME: *spoken in one breath* Okay so it’s this amazing love story, that’s a bit infuriating as well. I mean at some points you a bit like ‘Hmm hey crazy might want to refill that prescription’ but then, OMG Travis is so hot! And then Abby’s got this secret and it’s such a curve ball to the story and really makes it exciting. But Travis well he has a bit of an anger issue, you know being apart of those floating fighting rings and what not, but then…OMG – first she like totally hates him and so it’s kinda about that….”
FRIEND: *blink. blink.*


And I run a BOOK. REVIEW. BLOG! Whatha?

No lie people, this book stripped me of my qualifications. I loved it so much, it made it impossible to give an accurate review. Every time I tired I simply defaulted to wanting to shout “READ BEAUTIFUL DISASTER” and then spastically chucking a copy at whoever I was talking to.

I was 100% blown away by, what I anticipated was going to be just your average love story. Turns out “average” is not a word best used to describe Jamie McGuire and her writing, and I will never doubt her again. Ever. When you read as much as I do, shaking up my world with an unexpected plot line and an earth shattering, heart twisting, toe curling, shake-your-emotions-like-a-rag-doll, leave you questioning your morals, love story, puts you on the level of Super Star in my book.

Sigh. I want so desperately to break things down for you, but even a tiny snippet could give something away. And more than I want to talk to you about Abby “Pidge” and Travis, I want you to experience every single page for yourself. So just know this, the synopsis doesn’t do the book justice. You will likely worry for the safety of more than one character in the book, more than once. You will shout “What are you thinking!” at some point, reread some of the steamier parts over and over, and when you finish – you’ll turn right back to page one and do it all over again. As a matter of fact…where is my copy….?

Beautiful Disaster, I got a thing for you. *wink*



*Thank you S&S Audio for providing the audio book!


  1. I love this book! Cannot wait for Walking Disaster!

  2. I loved this book! Loved loved loved! I had the same moment with my best friend. I find that I have this problem often when I'm explaining a book to someone in real life. I just get somanyfeels words jsut come out of my mouth!

    See my latest review of Pushing the Limits by Katie McGarry

  3. Everything about the book description screams " you will not like me April, don't bother."

    yet everyone around me is swooning and mooning over it, so I'm wondering if I should just give it a whirl. :/ decisions decisions

    1. April, you know the blurb didn't do anything for me either..and it doesn't do the book justice. It would literally be the last way I would have written it BUT this book is hard to explain because something little can give away so much. It's worth your time. I promise.

  4. Hi there, the February edition of Books You Loved is open for entries. Here is the link Books You Loved February Edition Please do pop by and link in a post about a book/s you loved. Maybe this post? Have a great week.

  5. This review was great! After reading a ton of negative reviews for it on goodreads.com I decided not to read it. Stupid idea, I know :P After reading your review though I think it might just be the next book I read! Thanks:)

  6. That's what I like to hear! I promise you won't be disappointed! What's best about it is it's not like every other contemporary with an ending you see coming a mile off. And when you read so much, a book like this is one in a million.


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