Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Beautiful Disaster... a book review

Beautiful Disaster

Atria Books
Available: August 14, 2012
ISBN-13: 9781476712048
Fiction: Adult / Coming of Age

Publisher's Description:

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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This isn't just another "girl meets boy" story.  The challenges that Abby and Travis deal with are real and heartbreaking.  Can two hurting people from two dysfunctional families get past themselves and make a relationship work?  Both Travis and Abby feel they are not worthy of the other one's love; that because of their past history, they are not good enough.  How many of us can relate to this?  Their best friends and confidantes, Shep and America, are both their loudest cheerleaders and fierce protectors.

I did not want to put Beautiful Disaster down!  Unfortunately, I had to go to work and sleep at some point.  I'm so glad I was able to finish before bed tonight!

My rating: A
(5 out of 5 stars)

In the sequel, Walking Disaster (Beautiful #2), Jamie McGuire writes from Travis' perspective.  The expected release will be in 2013.

I received a complimentary e-book from Atria Books and NetGalley.com for my honest review.




  1. I have to say the cover of this book intrigued me...now after the review I want to read it!!!

  2. Hi, do you think this would be an appropriate book for a teenage girl? She's a huge reader and looking for some "nice" romance novels, rather than the typical teenage novels available.
    I appreciate your input.

    1. Patti - I would not feel comfortable with my teenage daughter (18) reading this. There is a lot of drinking / language and more throughout this book. I complete book reviews for numerous companies and this is from one of my non-Christian companies.

      I will be reviewing Montana Dreams tomorrow which is a Christian romance; I would be fine with my daughter reading this one!


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