Thursday, 13 September 2012

Review: Beautiful Disaster (Beautiful #1) by Jamie McGuire

I, like many others was pleasantly shocked at how much I loved this book! I don't normally completely fall head over heals in love with YA romance books but I honestly could not put this one down and was up till the early morning finishing this book! Plus isn't the cover absolutely gorgeous!

 I guess the reasons I love this book is because of the characters who I loved! America, Abby's best friend is like one of mine! She is out going and loveable and is a great friend who looks out for others! Out of all the characters though I found Abby the most baffling, at the beginning she appears to be a good, modest girl who wears a cardigan to a hidden boxing match then towards the end she begins dressing, excuse my language, kind of like a slut: she wears tight dresses with ridiculous sounding heels and just seems to have a complete character change but at least she doesn't dress like this all of the time. I probably liked the beginning of the book best where Abby, unknowingly has feelings for Travis who is struggling with how he feels about her, but then towards the end they keep breaking up and then... well I don't want to give the ending away but I was pretty shocked at it!

Travis has to be one of the most complicated male characters I have read in a YA novel, Travis has a lot of depth and it makes Travis's actions understandable and why he acts the way he does. I think every reader (especially girls) have a small love/hate relationship going on with Travis themselves!! One thing that really ticked me off about Travis though is how possessive he gets of Abby, especially when they start going out, a tip to all men it is not attractive to yell at your girlfriend for talking to a guy, just talk to her, I really wanted to yell at Travis when he did this and tell him to snap out of it and talk to Abby. Yet, Abby's constant need to reassure Travis that she load him and wasn't going anywhere might at times be annoying but it was sweet how Travis considered Abby to be beyond his reach and despite the fact that he put her on a pedestal he believed her to be a sort of angel.

I know I have been saying quite a few negative things but these are literally the only problems I have with this novel and let me tell you, no novel is perfect, there will always be someone out there that finds a personal fault but this book is amazingly written with a unique story line that I shall personally never forget.

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.

Let me tell you this is a book that I read over and over but there is no book that is like this one! Hopefully I can find a novel similar soon and I can tell you all about it!!

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