Beautiful Disaster (BEAUTIFUL SERIES) Paperback – 14 Aug 2012
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"Beautiful Disaster is insanely addictive. Beautifully sexy, beautifully intense, and beautifully perfect. Jamie McGuire has written a damn good book." (Jessica Park, author of New York Times bestseller Flat-Out Love)
"Characters, backstory, goals, motivations and conflicts are a great mix of angst, crippling inner demons and harsh real life. The pace has a rhythmic beat of two steps forward, four steps back as Abby and Travis grapple with their fierce attraction. Jamie McGuire writes with no holds barred. She writes with honest reflection on young people who move through life by their own rules...The entire cast lives hard, fights hard, and certainly loves hard. Deliciously intense." (USA Today)
About the Author
Jamie McGuire is the New York Times bestselling author of three other novels: Providence, Requiem and Eden. She and her husband Jeff live with their children just outside Enid, Oklahoma, with four dogs, four horses, and a cat named Rooster. Visit her website at JamieMcGuire.com and follow her on Twitter at @JamieMcGuire_
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Abby has moved across the country with her best friend America wanting to start a new life where nobody knows about her past. She is determined to be the good girl, the one who works hard, finishes her homework and doesn't spend her time going out partying. The last thing she expects or wants is to attract the attention of Travis - the campus bad boy, king of one night stands and boy every girl wants to be with. But with America dating Travis's best friend Shepley they are thrown together socially. Abby has no intention of being another notch on Travis's bed post and is determined to remain immune to his charms but Travis isn't used to being turned down. The very fact that Abby tries to resist him makes him want her even more and when a bet ends up forcing them to spend more and more time together sparks are bound to fly.
I don't want to say too much about the story line because this is a very character driven novel, in fact until towards the end of the book the focus is very much on the developing friendship between Travis and Abby.Read more ›
Firstly – the story – the characters are certainly YA, although I would honestly characterise them as ‘older YA’ – they are not 19 year-olds in the Bella Swan mould, but pretty ‘real’ from a drinking, partying, first-time-away-from-home, frequently reckless side of things. This is why the synopsis features a clear indication of suitable audience (it did when I purchased for Kindle at least).
Abby and Travis are certainly not perfect individuals – and at times border on having some serious personal flaws – however, (aside from being a fighter for money [Travis] and poker player supremo [Abby]) they are reasonably realistic in their behaviour: they behave quite randomly in their relationship, antagonising each other one minute, then in perfect bliss and harmony the next. I certainly saw a number of similar ‘car crash’ couples like this during my late teens and early twenties, who would veer from one end of the spectrum to another with seemingly endless frequency. Some people will never experience this, or will do it to a lesser degree, then ‘grow out of it’. There are others still who will remain in couplings like these where volatility appear to be the basis of attraction and even the relationship itself.
Abby and Travis quite often lack self-awareness and this drives many of their misunderstandings and subsequent conflicts. But this for me, felt realistic.Read more ›
I noticed from Jamie McGuire's website that she has plans to write the story from Travis' perspective and I can't wait for this to be released. I think I fell in love with him just a little bit reading this story.
I adore books that have, at their heart, a passionate love story where you feel the characters' attraction, obsession, joy and pain as their relationship develops and this book delivered it in spades.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is one of the most expensive books I have bought in recent years, and I wish I had taken the money and bought 3 Starbucks coffee's, or a couple McDonald's meals... Read morePublished 10 days ago by (ANGRY) Amazon Customer
Enjoyed the writing but not the storyline. Flowed well, but would've been much better with a deeper/layered plot.Published 1 month ago by Miss T. A. McCartney
Really easy read. Enjoyed the will they won't they. Read it in an afternoon.Published 1 month ago by 8RR
Absolutely loved it, the first 98% of the book was absolutely brilliant! I read this when I was about 16, and it was the my favourite book. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Cassandra
I read this book in two days, I honestly couldn't put it down. Best book I've read in a long time. Just what I was looking for.Published 3 months ago by Debbie Ferry
A story that didn't turn out as expected. From Abby's POV its a different story all together. She is oblivious to those around her and even though at the beginning she seems to be... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
One of the best books I have read so far! I finished it within five days and ordered the next two of the series straight away. Definitely recommended!Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer