Book Review: Beautiful Disaster (Beautiful #1) by Jamie McGuire

Posted February 21, 2015 by Melissa in Book Review | 9 Comments


The Book

Title:  Beautiful Disaster
Series:  Beautiful #1
Author:  Jamie McGuire
Age Range:  New Adult
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Length: 416 pages
Publisher: Atria Books
Publication Date: August 14th 2012
Available Formats: Hardcover, Paperback, E-book, Audio
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Buy the book: Amazon | BN |The Book Depository
Source: Library (Archived NetGalley Title)


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 know we’re fucked up, alright? I’m impulsive, and hot tempered, and you get under my skin like no one else. You act like you hate me one minute, and then need me the next. I never get anything right, and I don’t deserve you…but I fucking love you, Abby. I love you more than I loved anyone or anything ever. When you’re around, I don’t need booze, or money, or the fighting, or the one-night stands…”

“You can’t tell me what to do anymore, Travis! I don’t belong to you!”
In the second it took him to turn and face me, his expression had contorted into anger. He stomped toward me, planting his hands on the bed and leaning into my face.
“WELL I BELONG TO YOU!” The veins in his neck bulged as he shouted, and I met his glare, refusing to even flinch. He looked at my lips, panting. “I belong to you.”

“You know why I want you? I didn’t know I was lost until you found me. I didn’t know what alone was until the first night I spent without you in my bed. You’re the one thing I’ve got right. You’re what I’ve been waiting for, Pigeon.”

My Thoughts

This book was like a train wreck that I just could not stop watching. The fact that I kept reading regardless of the fact that I wasn’t particularly enjoying it is why I gave it 3.5 stars instead of 3.

(Darn part of me wants to change that to 4 stars.  This book just has me so conflicted!! Ahhhh!!!!)

I had no issues with Jamie McGuire’s writing style and found the book easy to read with adequate descriptives to keep me happy. The story progressed at a rapid pace or maybe that was just my heart as I read it?! LOL

There was something incredibly captivating about this incredibly dysfunctional relationship that I just could not put it down.  I was pulled in immediately and found myself must more invested in the characters than I thought possible.  Yes they were both broken.  Does that excuse all of their behavior? Absolutely not! Does it explain some of it? Perhaps.

I found myself both rooting for them and against them. I had such anxiety and frustration reading parts of this. I hated parts of their relationship and the ways that they treated each other and the ways that they treated their friends. But there were other times that I just got goosebumps and sighed inside…I melted….

Honestly, I still don’t know if I loved or hated this one….and maybe a part of me feels like I should hate it because I can’t condone all of the actions…but then again…that is why we read…to experience different things…and as we all know…we can’t really formulate any opinions of an author by the way their characters act…

I’m rambling…I really just don’t know what to say about this one…except that the title is 100% spot on…this sure was a Beautiful Disaster!

Was It Worth My Time?

3.5 Timepieces

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9 responses to “Book Review: Beautiful Disaster (Beautiful #1) by Jamie McGuire

  1. Do you know Ive tried to read this a few times over the last 2 years & I can’t get into it. Sure I could skim-read it but thats not fun to me or fair to the book. I got a copy from the used book sale & wanted to like it but i couldn’t. I have a hard time finding NA books i truly love.
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    • Melissa

      I have a really hard time with NA books too! Usually either I love them or they annoy the crap out of me! lol

    • Melissa

      I don’t re-read so I can’t say if that ever happens to me…but I can say that if I did re-read this would not be one on that list! lol

  2. Funny… I received an unsolicited review copy of this book when it first came out and I have yet to read it. It’s still sitting in my pile and I had planned to give it a go, but keep putting it back. Maybe this summer I’ll try it.

    It’s interesting when a book leaves you so conflicted that you can’t decide on a rating. That might be a sign you enjoyed it more than you initially thought?
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    • Melissa

      I think you may be right…perhaps it’s one of those guilty pleasure things? The high frustration level was real though! lol

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