Review: Beautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuire
Genre: YA/New Adult
Warnings: Mature themes, sexual content
Summary: 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.
I’ve heard a lot about this book across several platforms. A lot of people seem to really like it, so I gave it a shot. To be perfectly honest, I kept reading in hopes that it would get better. The story follows a young woman named Abby Abernathy who, by a twist of fate, ends up meeting Travis Maddox, the university’s resident bad boy. The way this story unfolds is scathingly predictable, which turned me off, but I begrudgingly trudged on hoping that, at some point, Abby would wake up and realize in what terrible situation she’d walked into, but she didn’t. Everything about this book screams horrible relationship, but it seems as though everyone except Abby sees this. I think that it’s important for women and girls to realize that this type of relationship should not be considered healthy, and that Travis is a possessive man that doesn’t respect boundaries. Personally, I’ve seen that a lot of people love this book and fell in love with the characters, but that was just not the case for me. I found that they were straight out of a cookie cutter and that Abby and Travis’s relationship was not at all healthy. I’m told that the companion novel, Walking Disaster, told from Travis’s point of view, is much better than this one, but frankly I don’t care enough about the characters to find out what’s happening in Travis’s head as this honestly turbulent and disturbing relationship unfolds.
I gave this book 2/5 stars on goodreads.