Saturday, June 8, 2013

Beautiful Disaster #REVIEW

Beautiful Disaster (Beautiful #1) by Jamie McGuire is a coming of age, new adult love story with angst, discovery and a delicious touch of passion.

INTENSE. DANGEROUS. ADDICTIVE.
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.

REVIEW
I went back and forth in considering if this was a too-crazy, hurtful love or was it perfectly realistic given the age of the characters. Abby is a typical college freshman and Travis is the worst kind of trouble but is there a more perfect combination? In the end, I just enjoyed the story-became swept up in it-and accepted that this is exactly what young love is like. The author created a love story that is as much about the journey as the destination, with solid, complex characters readers will both love and hate.

Beautiful Disaster is brimming with the intense emotions and angst of young love. If you enjoy Young Adult, try this New Adult novel. Enjoy!

RATING
4 Chocolate-Dipped Strawberries
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