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Product Details

  • Series: Beautiful Disaster Series
  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Atria Books (August 14, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1476712042
  • ISBN-13: 978-1476712048
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.3 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4,783 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,186 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 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 JamieMcGuire.com

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.

Find Jamie at www.jamiemcguire.com or on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram!

Customer Reviews

This is such a well written love story by author Jamie McGuire.
Cori Gilileo
She wrote a story that isn't poorly written, really, but just wasn't a book I could get into and seem to appreciate like a lot of other people out there.
Lovin' Books
A very real, classic love story, full of drama passion and romance.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

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"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 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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69 of 83 people found the following review helpful By Jen @ A Book and a Latte on March 12, 2012
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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 By Amazon Customer on 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 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:

TRAVIS
* 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.

ABBY
* 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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