calstephanie, January 30, 2013 (view all comments by calstephanie)
It all started with a snippet. A friend posted a small one from the book and it intrigued me enough to find out what book it was from. I bought the book and went in to it with no expectations having never read the author before. Beautiful disaster had me hooked from the first page. There's just something about the dynamics of the relationship between Abby and Travis that draws you in.
AnnaLiisa, January 1, 2013 (view all comments by AnnaLiisa)
This new adult contemporaary novel by Jamie Mcguire features two dysfunctional characters who are inexorably drawn towards each other despite their foibles and flaws. The book is a fast paced romance that proves two broken halves can come together to create a harmonious new whole.
Danielle King, January 1, 2013 (view all comments by Danielle King)
I know there are so many "high brow", great books that were published in 2012 - but for pure, escapist fun, Beautiful Disaster was for me. Can't wait for Walking Disaster.
After reading the synopsis for Beautiful Disaster, I just had to read the book. It seemed so promising. But, sadly, it didn't live up to its promises. Let me explain why...
First of all, this book is over 400 pages long. So imagine that in the first 200 pages, they meet, slowly fall in love, go through some rough patches, and finally get together. Now, imagine that in the second half of the book, they break up and go through those stages all over again.
Well, yeah, that's pretty much what happened. The first time, it was okay, but during the second time, it was just "COME ON! We've been through this already!"
Also, the pacing was way off. At some parts, it felt super sloooow, and at others it felt super rushed. There were very few places where the pacing seemed just right.
Now (oh, gosh) the characters. I'm just going to give you a list of problems I had with them, okay?
Most of them were so moody, especially Abby. They were hardly ever stable with their emotions. One moment they were furious, and the next they were all lovey dovey. This made the characters seem really unrealistic for me.
Abby's back story seemed so completely fake. She seemed barely damaged by her past, which made her (again) unrealistic because it's hard to believe that someone who was raised like that escaped almost completely unaffected.
Travis, (sigh) boy does he have some major issues. He's the King of Jealousy, Overreacting, Anger, and Beating People Up. Not good.
The names... really? America? Shepley? Finch? Brazil? I'm not saying that I have anything against people with these names (because I don't). It's just the fact that there are so many people with such unusual names who all know each other that contributes into making the story unbelievable.
So, basically, most of them were unstable and unrealistic. Travis and Abby could be extremely irritating at times. They did have their sweet moments, though, where they were getting along and I wasn't annoyed at one (or both) of them.
There were a few characters that I really liked, like America (Abby was so lucky to have her as her best friend.), Finch (Ha ha, he's awesome.), and Shepley (He's awesome, too.).
Oh, and there's part of the book that's set in Las Vegas which sucked. Abby's reactions to everything was just so ugh. That was one of my least favorite parts of the book.
The writing was eh for me. It wasn't fantastic, but it wasn't horrible either.
And lastly, the ending was so incredibly sweet, but at the same time, so immensely stupid.
That's all I have to say about this book. Give it a go if you want. Maybe you'll enjoy it much more than I did.
Hwa Sun :)
P.S. I don't get the cover. It's pretty, but what does it have to with the book? Can someone explain it to me?
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 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.
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