Book Review: Beautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuire

Synopsis

Good Girl. Abby Abernathy doesn’t drink or swear and she works hard. Abby believes she has created enough distance between her and the darkness of her past, but when she arrives at college, her dreams of a new beginning are quickly challenged by the university’s walking one-night stand.

Bad Boy. Travis Maddox, handsome, built, and covered in tattoos, is exactly what Abby needs – and wants – to avoid. He spends his nights winning money in a floating fight club, and his days as the notorious college Lothario.

A disaster waiting to happen…

Intrigued by Abby’s resistance to his charms, Travis tricks her into his life with a simple bet. If he loses, he must remain celibate for a month. If Abby loses, she must live in Travis’ apartment for the same amount of time.

Or the start of something beautiful?

Either way, Travis has no idea that he has met his match. Or that this is the start of an obsessive, intense relationship that will lead them both into unimaginable territory…

Review

I was totally engrossed in reading this tumultuous account of the relationship between Abby and Travis. It was easy to get hooked on the story. It is a teen romance and parts of the plot lacked maturity but we are reading about a nineteen year old girl.

I did like the characters and although they weren’t profoundly deep they were touching at times, particularly the chapters describing Travis’ family. I found myself quite touched by the conversation between Abby and Jim, Travis’ father.

An overall good read but it did read more like a YA book at times although some of the themes are a little too risky for the YA genre.

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