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Product Details

  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Atria Books (August 14, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1476712042
  • ISBN-13: 978-1476712048
  • Product Dimensions: 2.1 x 3.2 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4,277 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,760 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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 Red Hill, Walking Disaster, Beautiful Disaster, 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

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New York Times best selling author Jamie McGuire has penned the Providence series and contemporary romance Beautiful Disaster. She lives in Oklahoma with her husband and three children. She is an RT(R), a graduate of Autry and Oklahoma Northern College, and a full time writer.

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I loved the main characters, Abby & Travis.
I read the entire book in one day and stayed up until the morning to finish the book because I just could not put it down!
Love the characters and the story line is very well written.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

328 of 396 people found the following review helpful By Paddington6159 on 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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165 of 203 people found the following review helpful By Kelly @ Belle of the Literati on December 23, 2012
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No, no I will not start this off with a memorable quote or particularly witty comment from the book because besides the fact that there is nothing remotely memorable or witty in this book I will not give it the satisfaction. I am sorry and must make a disclaimer here. As a rule, I am not mean about books, I do not enjoy being rude about another person's work but this book I could not let slide. Preview: I found it offensive, degrading and overall a complete slap in the face to women everywhere which is why I will be so heated in my thoughts on this. I read this book roughly a week and a half ago and I am still enraged that I wasted my time. In fact, the more I think about it the angrier I get because I know people who love this book and that fact alone gives me the urge to go into a blind rage.

Anyways, I will write this and let out all my aggression and then be done thinking about this. WARNING: SPOILERS HERE...YOU'VE BEEN WARNED.

This book has so many things wrong with it I do not know where to begin so to summarize; Abby is a freshman at college, Travis is a sophomore and the resident guy who sleeps with everyone on campus. He fights in an underground fighting club where he beats the living daylights out of random other students for money. Classy guy already, right? So Abby is best friends with America who is dating Travis's cousin/roommate Shep, thus they meet and for some unknown reason after banging 90% of the student body he becomes enthralled with Abby who is immune to his, erm, charms? She tries to fend him off in a complete mature and rational way...when she sees him she purposely wears pajamas, no makeup and, ok?
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540 of 685 people found the following review helpful By Reviewer Aus on October 23, 2011
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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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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Good Walking on January 11, 2012
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Firstly, I will admit that I was consumed by this book (in a self-deprecating kind of way), and I couldn't seem to put it down (much to my chagrin). Because of this I gave it more stars then I would have otherwise.

If you can remember what it's like to be young, passionate (albeit stupid) and in love this book is tolerable if you like A LOT of teenage angst... If you can keep reminding yourself what it's like to be young, impulsive and in a dysfunctional relationship with a narcissistic co-dependent with rage issues.... then this book can be very enjoyable I'm sure. But, if you find yourself having a difficult time relating to such scenarios, I would save yourself the frustration and irritation.

My second issue with this book was the length. The Editor could have shaved off about a third and it wouldn't have hindered the story in the slightest. It was also full of typos, which always amazes me... The back and forth and back and forth of a tumultuous, unhealthy and immature relationship starting to get old after the first 200 pages... But wait... for your reading pleasure... there's another 162 pages of the same dribble...

At 33, I think I might be too old to find this book appealing. Considering the reviews, I guess I have a different view of what constitutes "romance".
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