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Beautiful Disaster: A Novel [Kindle Edition]

Jamie McGuire
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4,782 customer reviews)

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Book 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.

Editorial Reviews


""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"

About the Author

McGuire, Jamie Jamie McGuire is the New York Times bestselling author of Beautiful Oblivion, A Beautiful Wedding, Walking Disaster, Beautiful Disaster, Red Hill, and The Providence trilogy. She and her husband, Jeff, live with their children just outside Enid, Oklahoma, with three dogs, six horses, and a cat named Rooster. Please visit

Product Details

  • File Size: 869 KB
  • Print Length: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Atria Books (July 12, 2012)
  • Sold by: Simon and Schuster Digital Sales Inc
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008JMKN4Y
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,190 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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43 of 46 people found the following review helpful
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
"When you're around, I don't need booze or money or the fighting or the one-night stands ... all I need is you. You're all I think about. You're all I dream about. You're all I want."

There are thousands of reviews of this series already, so why must I post another one? Well, I do feel the need to say something in tribute of the one and only Travis `Mad Dog' Maddox!

But first, I did something different - I read both books together concurrently and I really enjoyed it. Abby's POV (book 1) serves as the backbone of the series and then Travis' POV (book 2) adds to it and it's such a treat to read his thoughts and feeling - to get even closer to the enigma that is Travis Maddox.
Whether you are planning to re-read or if you have not read series yet, I highly recommend you read them together in tandem. The experience was epic!
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350 of 427 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Intriguing and fulfilling June 25, 2011
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This book centers on a new college student with a hope to stay out of trouble. Of course the first thing that happens is that she catches the eye of the school "bad boy".

I enjoyed the dynamics within the first half of the book, even how the sexual tension between Maddox and Abby was sometimes unbearable.

This is not a book about perfect love, and happily ever after. Don't get me wrong, the ending wrapped everything up with a pretty little bow. However, the relationship was so raw and emotional that the rollercoaster that was their relationship became quite stressful. By the end of the book I just wanted them to stop fighting! I believe the ending was a bit hasty, and the epilogue a bit silly.

However, the plot about Abby's past is truly creative and unexpected. I am not used to books about dysfunctional and unhealthy relationships. If you are sick of Twilight harmony and love, this book encapsulates everything human about a relationship. The love, tears, sex and fights. There is a relatively good understanding of reality, with some strands of a life that most of us are unaware of.

If you like lust, illegal college fight nights, poker and of course good sex, I would tell you to take a chance on this one.
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69 of 83 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A roller coaster of a ride. Loved it! March 12, 2012
What a freaking roller coaster ride! I just could NOT put this down, and stayed up until the wee hours of the morning for 2 nights in a row to read this! Beautiful Disaster is the PERFECT title for this book, because that is exactly what Travis and Abby are...

I feel I should say that this is not typical YA, and is meant for college aged teens and adults. There's violence, sex, language, and a VERY unhealthy relationship - borderline toxic... that said, this book was fantastic. I relived some of my college experiences, and I may have cried, a bit. I look forward to reading Jamie's other books!
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271 of 344 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Buy it. Devour it. Love it. June 14, 2011
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Six words, tree sentences: Buy it. Devour it. Love it.
And you will absolutely love it. I give you my word.

Beautiful Disaster is a heartwarming and heartbreaking, beautifully written, wonderfully told, passionate and often witty love story, that doesn't just explore the warm, sweet side of love, but also the complicated and messy side. I was so enthralled by it that I didn't want it to end.

I devoured every word of it, adored Abby and Travis (this two were truly a beautiful disaster), and I hope there will be more and more YA novels with 18 to 20 year old protagonists.

It was an amazing ride, full of great characters, exciting and sigh-worthy moments, drama, laughter, and countless emotions. Kudos to you, Jamie McGuire!
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586 of 769 people found the following review helpful
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I was shocked and disturbed by BEAUTIFUL DISASTER for many reasons. The hideous cover wasn't a good way to start!

I can definitely see why this book is appealing to the Twilight crowd, and perhaps now the adolescents who were swept away by that series are looking for something a touch more grown up. There're definite similarities between the stories - and that's not a good thing.

Though I could go on forever about my problems with this book, I'll just give you some dot points:

* Under no circumstances - none whatsoever - is it okay, cool, or admirable to beat people to a bloody pulp because they looked at your girlfriend the wrong way. It is NOT romantic - it's a crime and Travis deserved to be in prison for his behaviour. The fact the `heroine' encouraged him to behave that way was equally as shocking.

* This guy is a maniac. Ignoring his unhealthy, obsessive attachment to Abby (which is, apparently oh so romantic when you're a teenager of the Twilight generation), his own issues with anger management and manic-depressive behaviour desperately need to be addressed. This man is sick in the head, and he needs psychological help, not a girl to obsess over and treat like a possession.

* You cannot seriously think it's okay to accept a diamond bracelet from a man you're dating, and then spend every night sleeping in another man's bed. What human being would behave that way, or expect someone to put up with it?!

* Yet another Young Adult read where the heroine is a Mary Sue. There's nothing remarkable about her - in fact I found her a very unlikeable character - and yet every man around her thinks she's the greatest thing ever.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars amazing novel
loved it i couldnt stop reading n before i knew it . i finished the book in 24 hours
Published 15 hours ago by Jumana Al-Za'abi
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Loved it! Can't wait to see things through Travis' eyes in Walking Disaster!
Published 1 day ago by Christine
5.0 out of 5 stars love it
Amazing story ... Couldn't put this book down ... Can't wait to read the next book.... Walking disaster... Abby and Travis always lol
Published 1 day ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars ... it in your mind that this is a cheesy love story.
Have it in your mind that this is a cheesy love story... and have no expectations above that and you will love it... in a strangely addicting and incurable way.
Published 1 day ago by Nicole Ponzo
5.0 out of 5 stars Maddox fan girl! Loved it!
So happy I finally broke down and started to read this series! I am so addicted to the Maddox family I can't wait to read the rest!
Published 1 day ago by Amber smith
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful Disaster
I just read Beautiful Disaster for a second time. Travis Maddox is by far my favorite "book boyfriend". Read more
Published 2 days ago by Britt Shae
2.0 out of 5 stars childish. terrible.
Just the worst most childish book I have ever read. Someone referred to this book as something the twilight fandom would like and I can totally see that! Read more
Published 2 days ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
This will always be my all time favorite book.
Published 3 days ago by Amber Rose Arkwright
5.0 out of 5 stars I found this book way better then the 50 Shades books
I found this book way better then the 50 Shades books. A friend let me read her copy and I finished it in one day. Read more
Published 3 days ago by Martha Heidel
5.0 out of 5 stars This is my favorite book!
This is my favorite book!! I love the main character Travis and the story is amazing!! Can whoever bought the rights to create it to a motion picture hurry up please.
Published 3 days ago by Suz'ee
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More About the Author

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.

Jamie paved the way for the New Adult genre with international bestseller, Beautiful Disaster. Her follow-up novel Walking Disaster debuted at #1 on the New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal bestseller lists. Beautiful Oblivion, book one of the Maddox Brothers books, also topped the New York Times bestseller list, debuting at #1. She has also written apocalyptic thriller Red Hill, the Providence series, a young adult paranormal romance trilogy, and several novellas, including the titles A Beautiful Wedding, Among Monsters: A Red Hill Novella, and Happenstance: A Novella Series.

Jamie lives on a ranch just outside Enid, OK with husband Jeff and their three children. They share their 30 acres with cattle, six horses, three dogs, and Rooster the cat.

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Was Beautiful Disaster originally a Twilight fanfic?
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Email from Amazon --- What do you make of it?
I also received the same email and I agree with you. Why should I send back my perfectly good copy that I paid 2.99 for so I can turn around and buy it again for 7.36? Is it because the book is so popular that now they want to get more money out of us?
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this is wrong what there doing with jamie mcguire,i purchased beautiful disaster ,dont want new verison, so you can make more money,i buy alot of books from amazon,i dont like this practice.
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