- Paperback: 444 pages
- Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (October 3, 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1466401885
- ISBN-13: 978-1466401884
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.1 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 5,732 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #808,557 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) --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
About the Author
New York Times best selling author Jamie McGuire has penned the young adult paranormal romance, 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. Learn more at Jamie's website: jamiemcguire.com.
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I read all the other Maddox books and wanted to know more about Travis and Abby's story, but this was a disappointment.
Ok it's official, I will NEVER get tired of this book!! No matter how many times I read it, it never gets old, if it's possible I think I love it even more with each & every reread. Seriously, I am totally completely 100% irrevocably in absolute love with Travis Maddox & each and every one of his flaws & insecurities. And even though he sometimes broke my heart, I wouldn't trade him in for the world. Yes, I still wanna shake the hell outta Abby sometimes, she's so damn frustrating, but he loves her sooooo
"I can't figure you out. You're the first girl that's ever been disgusted with me before sex. You don't get all flustered when you talk to me, and you don't try to get my attention."
"It's not a ploy. I just don't like you."
"You wouldn't be here if you didn't like me."
"I didn't say you're a bad person. I just don't like being a foregone conclusion for the sole reason of having a vagina."
"Oh my God! You're killing me! That's it. We have to be friends. I won't take no for an answer."
"I don't mind being friends, but that doesn't mean you have to try to get in my panties every five seconds."
"You're not sleeping with me. I get it. You have my word. I won't even think about your panties...unless you want me to."
"And that won't happen, so we can be friends."
"Never say never."
Abby & America (Mare) are freshman at Eastern, "Transplants" from Wichita. Abby is desperate to separate herself from her parents & their screwed up ways. Mare has been her best friend for years, so she follows to help keep Abby out of trouble. Abby meets Travis (Mare's boyfriend Shepley's cousin & roommate) at one of his fights & it doesn't take long for her to realize she should avoid him at all costs. He's everything she wants to avoid- campus manwhore, fighter in an underground fight club called 'The Circle', tattooed, unpredictable & hot tempered. But Travis becomes unavoidable, mainly because he just won't leave her alone. He's drawn to her right from the start, but she makes it clear she won't become one of "his sluts". So they become friends instead. And when Abby loses a bet causing her to move in with Travis, they become much closer & the friendship lines start to blur no matter how hard she tries to fight it.
"To being the only girl a guy with no standards doesn't want to sleep with."
"Are you serious? First of all...I have standards. I've never been with an ugly woman. Ever. Second of all, I wanted to sleep with you. I thought about throwing you over my couch fifty different ways, but I haven't because I don't see you that way anymore. It's not that I'm not attracted to you, I just think you're better than that."
"You think I'm too good for you."
"I can't think of a single guy I know that's good enough for you."
Their entire relationship is unstable & volatile.
When things are going well, it's beautiful & perfect.
"I know we're f***ed up, all right? I'm impulsive, and hot-tempered, and you get under my skin like no one else. You act like you hate me one minute, and then you need me the next. I never get anything right, and I don't deserve you...but I f***ing love you, Abby. I love you more than I've loved anyone or anything, ever. 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."
But when things are bad, they are a complete disaster.
"You're going to break his heart, Abby. You're going to break his heart! The one girl he trusts enough to fall for, and you're going to nail him to the wall!"
"I wish you and Travis would just get your s**t together! You're a goddamn tornado! When you're happy, it's love and peace and butterflies. When you're pi**ed, you take the whole f***ing world down with you!"
Lots of fighting, making up, drama, jealousy, possessiveness, heartbreak & tears.
"To douchebags!" he said, gesturing to Brad.
"And to girls that break you heart," he bowed his head to me. His eyes lost focus. "And to the absolute f***ing horror of losing your best friend because you were stupid enough to fall in love with her."
But underneath it all, they do desperately love & need each other. They just have to figure out how to make it work without destroying everything in their path.
"Do you know what co-dependency is, Abby? Your boyfriend is a prime example, which is creepy considering he went from having no respect for women at all to thinking he needs you to breathe."
"Maybe he does."
"Don't you wonder why that is? I mean...he's been through half the girls at this school. Why you?"
"He says I'm different."
"Sure he does. But why?"
"Why do you care?"
"it's dangerous to need someone that much. You're trying to save him and he's hoping you can. You two are a disaster."
"You know why I want you? I didn't know I was lost til you found me. I didn't know what alone was until the first night I spent without you in bed. You're the one thing I've got right. You're what I've been waiting for, Pigeon."
I loved the secondary characters, from Shep & America, to the frat brothers & football team. And Travis' family? Seriously, four older brothers & a father all like Travis?!?? They were freakin AWESOME!! This is definitely a book full of ups & downs, laughs & frustration, drama & lots of tears (the good and the bad). Cannot get enough!!
"I need to hear you say it. I need to know you're mine."
"I've been yours since the second we met."
"Say it again."
"I'm yours. I don't ever want to be apart from you again."
"I love you. I'll love you forever."