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 America, 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 charming college co-ed. Intrigued by Abby’s resistance to his charms, 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’ apartment for the same amount of time. Either way, Travis has no idea that he has met his match.
Review: Jamie McGuire hit one out of the park with Beautiful Disaster. This was a wonderful coming of age story and Travis and Abby along with their friends America and Shep had a lot of angst to work through. Travis and Abby’s past colored their present life and how they acted and the choices they made. Travis was a bad boy all the way but Abby was the one who could tame him and he became a different person around her. Unfortunately being only 19, Abby didn’t always want that role. The give and take between them, their friends, fellow college students and their own families brought many emotions out to me as the reader – horror, concern, fear, tears, laughter, anxiety and caring. Travis also surprised me by being an extraordinary student with good grades and was willing to tutor Abby for her to get through her classes and get good grades too.
There was a happily ever after that was given nice closure in the epilogue. There was also romance and love. I have not read books by McGuire before but will definitely be adding her other books to my TBR pile. I look forward to reading them especially if she can bring out my emotions like she did in Beautiful Disaster.
We are excited to be a part of Jamie’s blog tour for the re-release of Beautiful Disaster. We’d like to share with you Jamie’s playlist (taken from her website) for Beautiful Disaster and a contest for a signed copy of the book, provided by Atria Books.