Books I’ve Enjoyed: Beautiful Disaster

Beautiful Disaster (Beautiful, #1)Beautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuire
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

 The new Abby Abernathy is a good girl. She doesn’t drink or swear, and she has the appropriate percentage of cardigans in her wardrobe. Abby believes she has enough distance between her and 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.

This book was a train wreck.

You know how when you see drama unfolding, or supposedly smart people doing stupid things, sometimes you just can’t help but watch?

Or, when you secretly hope people will get their act together because you almost thing they deserve better than they are getting?

Or even when you truly and honestly do not like someone, and you watch just to see if they will spiral even more out of control?

Beautiful Disaster was all of those things for me. I hated the main character. Sure, there were times when I almost liked her. There were times when I felt compassion for her. But I despised her self indulgent choices. Having a past doesn’t give anyone an excuse to treat people the way she did.

And the male lead? I liked him more than her even though he was definitely a volatile fuse waiting to blow. But him I could get. He had a temper problem, lots of people do. Did he go overboard a bit, yes but many people do exactly that. And if it was a book about two average, sane, ordinary people would anyone really want to read it?

Still, even with hating the characters and knowing while I was reading that I hated them, I could not stop reading. It held my attention from start to finish and I read it in one sitting. It was positively addicting.

The writing was good. Sure a few areas could have been tightened, but nothing jarred me out of the story. I cried a few times, caring about those awful people, so it definitely reached through and made me invested in them, which was a bit surprising considering how much I truly didn’t like them.

Honestly, after some of the other reviews I’ve seen on this book, it was a book I was prepared to hate. In the end though, I was satisfied and am glad I read it.

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