Review: Beautiful Disaster

Review: Beautiful Disaster

Review: Beautiful Disaster
Beautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuire

Genres: Romance
Published by Simon and Schuster
Publication Date: July 12th 2012
Pages: 432
Format: eBook
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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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I don’t usually defend why I like a book, and I NEVER ask other people to defend why they like or dislike a book. Things like that are purely a matter of personal taste, and no one should have to defend their taste. However, I do  think it might be fun to explain why I like Beautiful Disaster.

This was one of the first New Adult books I ever read. The relationship between Travis ” Mad Dog” Maddox, and Pigeon was extremely unhealthy, but it was also interesting and I liked it. I didn’t think that their relationship was something to be envied or emulated, but I appreciated it for what it was, a Beautiful Disaster. That is the title of the book after all.

Maybe I have put too much thought into it over the years, but I still think the idea for this book is genius. Take two people who should never be in a relationship with a normal human being, put them together, and watch the fireworks.


Pigeon (Not her real name btw) is a girl from a bad family who decides to reinvent herself when she starts college. Because of her father’s life of crime, she has grown up around some seedy characters and wants to be a different person so she decides to make nothing but good decisions for the rest of her life.

Then she meets and becomes friends with Travis, the most violent and womanizing man on campus. Needless to say, their friendship turns into more and their relationship makes it difficult for her to stick with her new life course.


The real disaster begins when Pigeon finally gives in to her attraction to Travis, but I can’t discuss that without a few spoilers.

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If you read my spoiler, you are probably wondering why I like a book that glorifies such a relationship like this. Well, I’m going to tell you.

I read books about characters that I shouldn’t like all the time. I am the type of girl who loves to find a great villain just so I can root for them to fail. I also like to read about craziness on occasion. This book knows that it is about a disastrous relationship, and it just goes with it. I certainly never felt like it was trying to teach me any lessons or even say that Travis and Pigeon were healthy, but they were good for each other and they belonged together. Crazy people need love too. lol


They also have a lot of cute, affectionate moments that I just plain liked reading. I was afraid that this book was going to have a lot of steamy scenes, but it really didn’t. You wouldn’t want to give it to your teenager, but it is pretty tame for a New Adult romance. They have sex, but each time really means something and there aren’t a lot of details. It’s more about how much they care about each other than how turned on they are.


Travis is a mess, but he needs Pigeon, and Pigeon needs to be needed. They are better people together than they would be apart.  When he overstepped, she always told him, and did not hesitate to dump him when he deserved it. And he made her feel safe and loved, something that her father never did.

I am pickier about what I read these days, but I think I would still like this book if I read it now. I give myself permission to like what I shouldn’t every now and then.

If you hated this book, believe me, I understand why, but I liked how beautiful this disaster was.

Because of language, violence, and sexual situations, I would recommend this book for 18 and over. I mean it! Travis has a potty mouth, likes to fight, and, even though it’s not overly detailed, they have sex a few times.

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Author Biography

About Jamie McGuire

Jamie McGuire was born in Tulsa, OK. She attended the Northern Oklahoma College, the University of Central Oklahoma, and Autry Technology Center where she graduated with a degree in Radiography.

Her most recent novel, Walking Disaster debuted at #1 on the New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal bestseller lists. She has also written bestselling contemporary romance Beautiful Disaster, and the Providence series.

Jamie now lives in Enid, OK with her three children and husband Jeff, who is a real, live cowboy. They share their 30 acres with six horses, three dogs, and Rooster the cat.

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