Beautiful Disaster: A Novel

Kobo eBook available

read instantly on your Kobo or tablet.

buy the ebook now

Beautiful Disaster: A Novel

by Jamie McGuire

Atria Books | August 14, 2012 | Trade Paperback

Beautiful Disaster: A Novel is rated 4.4483 out of 5 by 29.
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.

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 432 pages, 8.25 × 5.31 × 1.1 in

Published: August 14, 2012

Publisher: Atria Books

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1476712042

ISBN - 13: 9781476712048

save 27%

  • In stock online

$12.92  ea

Online Price

$17.00 List Price

or, Used from $5.04

eGift this item

Give this item in the form of an eGift Card.

+ what is this?

This item is eligible for FREE SHIPPING on orders over $25.
See details

Easy, FREE returns. See details

Item can only be shipped in Canada

Downloads instantly to your kobo or other ereading device. See details

All available formats:

Check store inventory (prices may vary)

Reviews

Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it Love this author,love all her book read this after reading fifty shades an its by far way better, amazing story line keeps you reading till the end,could not put it doen loved it :)
Date published: 2014-08-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Absolutely amazing! This book is definitely worth reading! I could not put it down for a second and ended up finishing it within a few days.. From the first few chapters, I was enveloped in the store of Travis and Abby (Pigeon). Very well written, kudos to the Author. I am picking up Walking Disaster and A beautiful Wedding tonight. Need my Travis Maddox fix! Hope this book makes it to the big screen, the story line is great :)
Date published: 2014-01-09
Rated out of 5 by from first one is great, loved this book! its sequel waling disaster not so much.
Date published: 2013-09-09
Rated 3 out of 5 by from overall, a good book... wait, i forgot about the bad writing and crappy protagonist 2.5 stars I feel bad about criticizing this book, because really, it's good. I like the romance and, however annoying their relationship can be, it (mostly) makes for an entertaining story. But i'm not impressed with the poor communication skills McGuire has and the super annoying Abby who changes my view on the whole book... lets just say she's less than toleratable. Stay with me because this may get confusing... From what i hear you either love this book or hate it. And the reason for hating it is usually Travis. People think they're in an abusive relationship but i guess i see differently and think he is sweet. McGuire lets readers feel his pain when Abby does something bad, we can feel his anger - although he would never hurt Abby. Travis is great. He's not amazing, but i really like him. Yeah, he definitely has some problems, but he is sweet and caring. I dont like the hot-headed, overly-protective, controlling Travis, though he is real. He is confused and unsure about a lot of things, but unlike Abby, him and his problems seem real. I guess he's presented in a way that makes me feel more relatable and more real. No, it's not Travis i have a problem with. It's Abby. Abby is frusterating. Yeah, i guess some may like her, but i dont. Shes annoying and fairly selfish. I wish she could be stronger! She cares way too much about what other people think of her, and thats something i hate. I wish she would look the truth in the eye! And i know, i love many characters that do this cuz it makes for a good story and in the end they become stronger. But i dont think she becomes stronger at all, or maybe she does and i dont see it, or its not the way that i would like. As for the 'it makes for a story' thing, in this case its just so frusterating! She could be like this and i would feel for her and understand her and it would be real, feel real, but thats not how it is. Shes winey and, God, not in a good way. Not in a realistic, enjoyable and entertaining way. In a way thats 'give me a break!' And it just brings my whole view of this book down. Shes not COMPLETELY unbearable, but just not... the best. Abby just needs to get her head straight because i think she doesnt know what she wants, and she makes some stupid and bold moves that leave me shaking my head. It's not that Abby has unrealistic problems, it's that McGuire doesn't communicate with the readers to make Abby seem awesome, seem like she overcomes those issues in a good way. Which brings me to the writing. McGuire isn't a bad writer, she just isn't enjoyable... for me. In many cases, the writing is the foundation for any book, and i'm not saying that McGuire is a bad author, i just don't really like how she communicates. How she writes. So, yeah, you could say i don't like her. i feel like i understand Travis and feel for him more then Abby. You're supposted to understand the narrator, right? Not in this case. McGuire told us what Abby feels, but i would never actually feel it. But with Travis, it's different. Based on what McGuire tells us through the eyes of Abby, i understand him more then her and i feel sorry for him, if it's his mistake or Abby's, its Travis i feel for. Abby makes some bold moves that might, if the book was WRITTEN WELL, would be entertaining. But it's not. I was screaming at her to understand what is going on! But she is CLUELESS! And not in the 'awwe, i wish she could understand,' in the 'I WISH SHE COULD UNDERSTAND IT'S KILLING ME!' Shes freaking annoying and not enjoyable or entertaning at all. I will admit, Beautiful Disaster is a fun read. If i get past the awful narrator and not so moving writing, it's enjoyable and a nice read. But near the end, there's this really intense part which could've been more intense. I hate to say the lack of intensity is due to the writing. So, i wish this book had a better lead character, was written better with more feelings and emotions, and had me moved and crying and all emotional and smiling like a little girl. But those are wishes, and what this book really is is... good. Its fine. It is an entertaining love story and if i dont think about selfish Abby, i would give this maybe 4 stars. But it's too bad that she just happens to be the lead character. Sucks. Three stars. A good book, but not what i hoped it would be. I'm not impressed, although it is fairly deep. I know i'm contradicting myself but it's what i feel, so i hope you understand. I'm pretty confused myself. But Beautiful Disaster is good. I want to read the sequal because i want to see if anything's different in Travis's POV. Since i think hes the better character, hopefully it would be better. And i want to find out what Abby is like from Travis's eyes. I respect others opinions and i guess i can see and understand why you would hate it(Travis) or love it, i just think its fine. So 2.5 stars. Read or don't read, the choice is yours. But don't go in with expectations... any... at all.
Date published: 2013-08-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Made its way into my favourite books! I absolutely loved this book. The emotions that Abby experiences were transferred over to me as I read, and I found myself smiling at certain parts and tearing up at others. I love books that are able to do that to me because it really makes me not want to put the book down. Jamie McGuire's word usage is incredible and I would definitely recommend this book to my other friends!
Date published: 2013-08-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it!! I didn't really know what to expect with this book but I absolutely loved it! I could not put it down. After reading 50 Shades I have wanted a good love story and this was it minus all the sex stuff which made it SO good (for me anyway). I rushed out and got the second one Walking Disaster but haven't started it yet because I don't want it to be over.... It was a great book and I highly recommend it!
Date published: 2013-07-10
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Yeah.. No. It actually scares me how many people think that this relationship is something that they want. This is a textbook ABUSIVE relationship. Travis is obsessive and violent not romantic and 'misunderstood'. He may not have hit her in the book but really.. would you have been surprised if he did? I was waiting for it to happen the whole time. I'm getting a little sick of these types of relationships appearing in books and having women swoon for the men, trust me ladies a relationship with someone so volatile is not what you want. If this book had been produced to show the negative impact of an abusive relationship and her overcoming said abusive relationship it would have been a much better read. As is though, I will not be reading the sequel or anything more by this author.
Date published: 2013-07-05
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Absolutely disappointing One of the worst books I've read so far. This is a story about a narcissistically annoying woman and a crazy, obsessively jealous man, whose relationship is far from anything romantic. If you think by the end of the book they become somewhat normal, think twice, the couple end up crazier than they started. The dialogue was plain awkward. The plot line was meaningless and shallow. The only thing helping this book was its side characters.
Date published: 2013-06-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Absolutely Great Read I loved it. I heard so much great stuff about this book that I had to read it. I was addicted. I couldn't put it down. Like I said I absolutely loved it. Easy Read. I do recommend for mature audience.
Date published: 2013-06-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from It was an amazing love story! This book.. Gosh theres never a dull moment at eastern university that's for sure. The characters are very believable and I think every girl can relate to Abby. Travis is the ideal man underneath the shell he puts up, and the quest for her to find it is romantically enchanting. I think any highschool/ collage girl should enjoy this book!!
Date published: 2013-05-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of the best books I have read in a LONG time :) This book is absolutely amazing. I could not put it down! I love the dysfunctional relationship between Abby and Travis.
Date published: 2013-05-03
Rated out of 5 by from Beautiful story...loved the characters....and Walking Disaster was even better. I highly recomment this book
Date published: 2013-05-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from ABSOLUTELY AMAZING!!!!! WOW THIS BOOK WAS AWESOME HOTT ABOUT THESE TO CHARACTERS WITH THERE UPS AND DOWNS OF THEIR RELATIONSHIP AND ITS WAS SIMPLY AMAZING . I COULD NOT PUT THIS BOOK DOWN THAT HOW AWESOME IT WAS AND IM NOT GOING TO TELL YOU THE ENDING CUZ ITS WILL RUINED BUT I LOOK FORWARD TO READING THE NEXT BOOK OF JAMIE MCGUIRE AND THERE WAS TIMES WHERE I WANTED TO CRY FOR ABBY BUT IN THE END SHE HAVE HER TRUE LOVERS AND THAT IS AMAZING!!!! I WOULD RE READ THIS BOOK ANY TIME ....
Date published: 2013-04-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great book Very well written, I could not put it down. I would definitely recommend this book. Looking forward to Jamie 's next book.
Date published: 2013-03-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved It I picked up this book, unsure of what it would be like. Reading the back of the book, I knew I just had to get it. I was hooked! This book is a page turner from start to finish! The story is well written. This is a must read!
Date published: 2013-02-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing! The story is light yet captivating.. Read the book in 2 days..
Date published: 2013-02-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I loved this book -- couldn't put it down!! Beautiful Disaster was such a great book! I CANNOT wait for the next one (Walking Disaster) from Travis' point of view. I almost wish I didn't read it as quickly as I did but it was a story full of twists and turns that the pages just kept turning. I was hooked right away and kept wanting more and McGuire delivers. Can't believe this book started out as a self-published book. So glad I picked this up.
Date published: 2013-01-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Dysfunctional relationship gets a happy ending I totally agree. I loved this book. It was full of suspense and action and for me, I found it hard to put it down until I was done. You are constantly being puled around my all the breakups and make-ups of this young couple. Everything Travis does is a profession of love to Abby. Reading this book will make you fall in love with the characters. By the end, you will surely be satisfied. I personally LOVED it. I spent 3 days reading this book (a record for me), I woke up at 3am to read this book, I was totally in love with this book. There needs to be a sequel of this book, I was in love. Read this book and you will not be disappointed. It truly takes you for a ride, but you gotta read it to believe it. Trust me you'll love it.
Date published: 2013-01-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of the Best I've Read I found this book at Target--somewhere I never buy books--and at first I hadn't thought much of it, just as something to pass the time away with, but was I ever mistaken. I started reading this book one evening and didn't put it down until 6am at least, I was anxious to wake up just so that I could finish it. I thought it was absolutely amazing. I did find that the relationship between Travis and Abby was a bit too ultimate and fast-paced, which made me find it a little unrealistic, but that may have also been due how quickly I had read the book. The characters are amazing, for not having too many main characters to follow they are well developed and are very entertaining. I absolutely adore this book and would recommend it to any hopeless romantic such as myself--also in that Travis sounds gorgeous--I cannot wait for the story told through his point of view.
Date published: 2012-12-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Impossible to put down! I picked this book up because the cover art caught my eye. When I started reading it I was not expecting much, as for me a good book comes along once in a blue moon. Within the first 50 pages, I knew this book was going to be hard to put down. For 3 days I found myself staying up all hour of the night and waiting for work to finish so I could get back to it. This book take you on a wild ride. I laughed, became furious and even cried during this book. With each page turn, I fell more in love with Abby and Travis, wanting to just jump ahead to find out how it ended. The ending of this book was also very satisfying, it did not just cut off or jump like most books. I can not wait to order her new book where we get to hear the story from Travis's point of view. I am putting a reminder on my calendar tonight to order it. Buy this book. You will NOT regret it!
Date published: 2012-12-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Could Not Put It Down! I heard about this book after searching for something new to read after 50 Shades and the Crossfire books and I have to say I could not put it down! This is a great read if you are looking for something quick and easy to get into. You will fall in love with the main characters and I can't wait to read it all over again from Travis's perspective when Walking Disaster comes out next year!!!
Date published: 2012-11-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from ADDICTING!! I picked up this book on a whim. I started it and couldn't stop reading it. Every second consumed me until this book was done. I'm older than the characters too but until I knew how old they were, I didn't care and once I did, I still didn't care. I've since picked up the book and read several chapters over and over. I just learned that Travis's side of the story is coming out soon and I can't WAIT to read it. Abby and Travis are delicious, addicting, raw and truly, a beautiful disaster. This is a MUST read and a personal favourite now.
Date published: 2012-10-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Loved it! Abby is starting university with her best friend,when she meets up with Travis Maddox, the bad boy flirt that always gets his way. Abby resists Travis’s charms until she loses a bet. Will Travis win over Abby in a short period of time?
Date published: 2012-10-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great read, can't put it down! I just picked the book up yesterday and can't put it down. I love the story, good girl falls for the bad boy. It even had me laughing out loud in some parts. Definetly recommend this one and can't wait to read Travis' side of the story.
Date published: 2012-09-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved It! This book took me by surprise. I wasn't anticipating enjoying it as much as I did as I am a couple of years older then the characters, but I completely felt like I was part of the novel. I am not usually interested in these types of books, but I thoroughly enjoyed reading "Beautiful Disaster" and finished it in a day and a half...(also while working). Great casual read for anyone who wants to lose themselves for a little while and get away from reality.
Date published: 2012-09-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Dysfunctional but, oh, so good! I received this audiobook from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. I did not receive any compensation for my review, and the views expressed herein are my own. This book will rank among my favourites of 2012! Beautiful Disaster is a dysfunctional love story about a couple who meet in college: Travis Maddox and Abby Abernathy. Travis is your typical bad-boy with a heart of gold. He's a good-looking guy covered in tattoos and has the reputation of being the college playboy. All the girls know that he is a one-night stand kind of guy, yet women still flock to him wherever he goes. Maybe it's the lure of the bad boy, or maybe it is the challenge of wanting to be the woman who tames this Lothario. When Travis sets his eyes on Abby Abernathy, his world is turned upside-down. Abby tries to down-play her attraction to Travis, and her hard-to-get attitude pays off. Travis is so used to women shamelessly throwing themselves at him that Abby's unexpected ambivalence towards him is a bit of a turn on! The two wind up making a bet: If Travis wins, Abby has to stay at his apartment for a month; if Abby wins, Travis has to become celibate for a month. Travis ends up winning the bet, and Abby keeps her promise to move in. Her best friend, America, is dating Travis' cousin and roommate, Shep, so America can't be any more tickled pink with the arrangement! Shep, on the other hand, is worried that if Travis breaks Abby's heart that it will be the end of his relationship with America. Travis and Abby grow closer and closer, but still fail to cross that line from platonic to romantic. No one in school can figure out their relationship. They spend all their time together, yet they are not dating. When the end of the month comes and it is time for Abby to move out, she picks that moment to give in to her desires. She gives up her virginity to Travis, and then she sneaks out in the morning because she is unable to face him and say good-bye. For her, it was closure on their odd relationship. For Travis, he gets a piece of what he has been dishing out for years. I love books that feature flawed characters, and Travis and Abby are both just about as flawed as you can get! Travis thinks that he doesn't deserve Abby, and he tries to change for her. Meanwhile, Abby feels that she can't get involved with Travis because he reminds her of her past...one from which she is trying to escape. Abby has some secrets of her own, and she thought that sleeping with Travis was the best way to get him to move on and forget about her. She figured that once the thrill of the chase was gone for him that he would proceed to his next target. She couldn't have been more wrong. Instead, Travis becomes obsessed with Abby and is a wreck without her. She won't admit it, but she is also miserable without Travis. I think that I probably fall into the minority on this one, but I think that Abby is more messed up than Travis! What kind of girl loses her virginity to a guy that she wants to get rid of? Abby is the one who is constantly pulling away and giving mixed signals. After they break up and she moves on, she gets mad when he tries to do the same. I kind of felt sorry for the guy, who couldn't do anything right where Abby was concerned. Memorable quote: Travis to Abby: “You know why I want you? I didn’t know I was lost until you found me. I didn’t know what alone was until the first night I spent without you in my bed. You’re the one thing I’ve got right. You’re what I’ve been waiting for, Pigeon.” I was initially shocked going into the book due to the mature content because I was under the wrong impression that this was a Young Adult title. It has been incorrectly labelled that way on many sites. I went to McGuire's website, where she advises that she has classified this book as a Contemporary Romance and not as Young Adult. I do not like stories with unrealistic couples whose relationships are perfect. McGuire's characters feel so real to me, and her story had me absolutely riveted! I could not stop listening to this audiobook! This is my second time listening to Emma Galvin, and I much preferred her narration this time around to the last one I heard (The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner by Stephenie Meyer). Her voice conveyed the appropriate emotions in the story, and I was really caught up in this tortured romance. It will be pure agony to wait until April 2013 to read Walking Disaster, which is told from Travis's point of view. How will I ever make it until then?!? MY RATING: 5 stars!! It was superb! I loved it, and I will likely re-read it again in the future! You should definitely read it! Thanks to Simon & Schuster Audio for the review copy!
Date published: 2012-09-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One Of My Favs I LOVED this book I was hooked from the first to the last page, I will be re-reading this one day and I look forward to walking Disaster which is the book in Tavises POV I think. The book itself was addicting as hell I had a hard time putting the book down, I loved the concept and the story and the writing was great. Abby was a really good character I thought it was easy to relate to her and I thought Travis was great as well, all the side characters were great Abby best friend Mare was awesome. The only time that I got annoyed was toward the end and I wanted to slap the crap out of the characters for being dumb but it was still amazing and one of my favorite books of the year, this is why I love romance books because you can get amazing stories like this. Highly recommend. :0)
Date published: 2012-08-23
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Unhealthy relationship made out to be romantic I had so many thoughts and feelings while reading it, I wanted to give the book a fair review, and my ususal style would not reflect accurately. I'm sorry if this review is slightly rambling but I just had so many thoughts while reading. TONS OF SPOILERS. Would love to hear my readers opinion of this book if they have read it. Please comment! Beautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuire Atria (Simon and Schuster) ISBN: 978-1-4767-1204-8 Suggested Ages: 17+ Buy from Indigo Description: The new Abby Abernathy is a good girl. She doesn’t drink or swear, and she has the appropriate percentage of cardigans in her wardrobe. Abby believes she has enough distance between her and 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 needs—and wants—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 My Thoughts •Please remember my thoughts are based on the fact that I am a 42 yr old mom •I was a little hesitant to read this one as I had heard so much controversary over the relationship between the two characters •My real concern with the relationship is that it is partially romanticized. This couple in real life would be the ones you always here about in the news - you know the murder suicide headline ones •Without some serious therapy this relationship will never survive no matter how passionately in love they supposedly are •I had heard so much about how horrible Travis that I was actually slightly surprised that I actually had some compassion for him. I found Abby to be extremely damaged as well, and some of her behaviour inexcusable and just really frickin stupid (oh don't worry I was also disgusted by Travis on many occasion - the man has control and anger issues - also hello can anyone say stalker. Girls this is not romantic, this is sick ) •Abby's parents are so horribly awful, you are not surprised that she is damaged, but it also does not excuse some of the things she does - her reaction after she broke up with Travis and he ended up sleeping with a girl bothered me •Found characters were uneven & their actions didn't always fit with who they were supposed to be •Honestly - quite true to life at times -- there are many people who have been in this type of situation •Think this would be an excellent book for a discussion -- especially with teens •America's reaction to break up with her boyfriend because Travis slept with a chick when he and Abby were broken up made me want to slap her upside the head •Would have like more of Kara, she seemed the only one who had any sense •If Travis was so damanged by his upbringing - why does he have such a good relationship with his family. Also his Dad comes across as the type of guy who would never beat him (seemed uneven) •Travis is controlling and obviously needs some serious help - but he also seems to be trying to be different -- where Abby not so much - honestly really didn't like her •Makes kids getting married at 19 seem very romantic and beautiful - and I think we all know ho rare that kind of relationship lasts. •Author was a pretty good storyteller which actually kept me interested in reading no matter how disgusted I was by the subject matter (But I won't be reading the sequel btw - please don't send me) •Some nice dry humourous parts which also helped keep me reading •Did like the constant mentions of condoms - at least they won't procreate and damage more children like their parents obviously damaged them •I know this review really focuses on the unhealthy relationship but I was really offended by the romantisizing of it and it affected my enjoyment of the book. •Also girls and boys if this is the type of relationship you are in -- get yourself some serious help - please (sorry guys I'm a mom I care about all of you out there) Who Should/Shouldn't Read •I think you all know I am very relaxed on what I believe is an appropriate age for certain YA novels. In the case of this book I recommend teacher librarians and parents really think if the book is appropriate for each individual teen. (Hope that makes sense) •I would say for the more mature YA reader and not for the overly impressionable teen who might think that this is a beautiful romantic book •Great for a high school discussion on healthy vs unhealthy relationships 2.5 Dewey's I received this from Simon and Schuster in exchange for an honest review - sorry guys have to be honest
Date published: 2012-08-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I will re-read this many more times I read the entire book in one sitting and sacrificed my sleep for it. And to be honest, I'd do it again in a heartbeat. It is THAT good!
Date published: 2012-08-18
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Couldn't put it down Summary: Now that Abby is off to college, she can finally leave her old life behind and start over as a whole new girl. The only person who knows about her dark past is her best friend America – and Abby plans to keep it that way. When she meets Travis, she knows he’s everything she’s trying to leave behind, but she still can’t seem to stay away from him. In an effort to keep Abby in his life, Travis makes a bet with her… If he wins, Abby has to live in his apartment for a month. If he loses, he has to give up his steady stream of women for a month. But the bet is just the beginning of the roller coaster ride for Abby & Travis. Review: I had a love / hate relationship with this book. I loved the story and the writing, but I kinda hated the characters. And yet, despite being appalled by how incredibly stupid and messed-up the main characters were, I devoured their story and couldn’t stop myself from rooting for them. To be fair, I think characters were well developed and realistic; they just weren’t the greatest people. But, crazy and impulsive behaviour is pretty common when you’re in college so I could often understand the irrational actions even if I didn’t agree with them. That aside, the story flows well and sucks you in with a surprising amount of twists and turns. Just when you think it must be over, there’s another bump in the road for Abby & Travis. Verdict: I could NOT put this book down. While I can’t quite say that Beautiful Disaster a good book, I still loved it. And even though it makes no sense for this to be a series, I’m sure I’ll read Walking Disaster (Beautiful #2) when it comes out!
Date published: 2012-08-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from LOVED IT!! Honestly I couldn't put it down!! I read this after Fifty Shades & Bared to You. I'm 25 and found I was able to relate to this book more then Fifty Shades. But that could just be me. The relationship between Abby & Travis AMAZING!! I fell in love with this book. The only bad thing I could possibly say about it is that, it's just one book!! I want more lol!!
Date published: 2012-08-08

– More About This Product –

Beautiful Disaster: A Novel

by Jamie McGuire

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 432 pages, 8.25 × 5.31 × 1.1 in

Published: August 14, 2012

Publisher: Atria Books

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1476712042

ISBN - 13: 9781476712048

Read from the Book

Beautiful Disaster Chapter One Red Flag EVERYTHING IN THE ROOM SCREAMED that I didn’t belong. The stairs were crumbling, the rowdy patrons were shoulder to shoulder, and the air was a medley of sweat, blood, and mold. Voices blurred as they yelled numbers and names back and forth, and arms flailed about, exchanging money and gestures to communicate over the noise. I squeezed through the crowd, following close behind my best friend. “Keep your cash in your wallet, Abby!” America called to me. Her broad smile gleamed even in the dim light. “Stay close! It’ll get worse once it starts!” Shepley yelled over the noise. America grabbed his hand and then mine as Shepley led us through the sea of people. The sharp bleating of a bullhorn cut through the smoky air. The noise startled me, and I jumped in reaction, looking for the source of the blast. A man stood on a wooden chair, holding a wad of cash in one hand, the horn in the other. He held the plastic to his lips. “Welcome to the bloodbath! If you are looking for Economics 101 . . . you are in the wrong fucking place, my friend! If you seek the Circle, this is Mecca! My name is Adam. I make the rules and I call the fight. Betting ends once the opponents are on the floor. No touching the fighters, no assistance, no bet switching, and no encroachment of the ring. If you break these rules, you will get the piss beat out of you and you will be thrown out on your ass without your
read more read less

From the Publisher

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.

About the Author

Jamie McGuire is the bestselling author of Walking Disaster, Beautiful Disaster, and the Providence series.

Editorial Reviews

"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."
Item not added

This item is not available to order at this time.

See used copies from 00.00
  • My Gift List
  • My Wish List
  • Shopping Cart