by Jamie McGuire
published by Atria Books
August 14, 2012
Ages 17 +
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From Goodreads: 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.
I have been hearing a lot of great things about this book. I have even heard some people find similarities between it and the 50 Shades (which is by no means even close to a YA book). Or at least the two books used in the same sentence. Now, I haven't made it past the first 50 Shades book, but I don't think this book is anything like it. For one, it is extremely well written.
Maybe it is the co-dependency aspect? There were, at times, in this book, that Travis became really creepy to me when it came to that. But I do think that is the point. He is this extremely hot guy who feels nothing for no one, uses people for his own means/pleasure and now finds himself feeling something very deeply for someone else, and he just doesn't want to let her go. To the point of obsessiveness. But she is so totally in love with him that it didn't faze her. Even when they found themselves apart, they were still technically together.
And there were a lot of weird things thrown in, like gambling, Vegas, mobsters and underground college fighting circles. But it is written in a way that makes it all fall in place. Although, a bunch of college kids just jetting off to Vegas for a weekend, makes you wonder where they get their funds. Well, at least you know where two of them get them, at least. Some of it anyway.
Was this book perfect? No. Were there flaws? Yes. Does it matter? Not one bit.
Beautiful Disaster is the perfect title for this book.
I got emotional many times throughout the book, happy, sad, crying, angry, every facet of emotions I could go through. And I could not put this book down. It is the first book in a long time that I read so quickly, to the point of putting off things that needed done so I could get it finished. And even now I still find myself thinking about it. I want to go back to certain parts of the book and reread them. This book has implanted itself into my brain, and will most likely be there for a while to come.
This is definitely a must read.