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Sunday, 10 March 2013

book review: beautiful disaster

ok so here's another thing about me that you don't know yet. i'm a bit of a book worm. i love reading and to me a good book takes me on a journey. i feel like i've traveled to many places in the world (sometimes beyond what we know) through reading and it definitely opens my mind to things that are beyond my natural habitat and out of my comfort zone.  a group of friends, many who are also bookworms, have recently started a book club and the idea is that we rotate from house to house (alphabetically) and the host recommends a book to read and then hosts the get together - which normally involves a lot of cheese and wine! :) last month we had our first book club and the book that we needed to read was 'Confessions of a Video Vixen'.  much to my own disappointment, i let myself and the rest of the group down by not reading it in time. i did, however, have some time to do some research about the book, so could contribute a little bit. i must admit - i have since read the book.

this month, it was my turn to recommend a book. my book of choice was 'Beautiful Disaster' by Jamie McGuire. it's actually a book that i have read before, one of my favorites actually and so far the feedback from the rest of the group is pretty positive.

so below is my own little book review for 'Beautiful Disaster'.

summary: 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.


opinion: i'm a bit of a sucker for a book with dark characters, so this book was right up my alley. abby and travis's relationship is either high or very low. to me, the relationship was seriously unhealthy, but at the same time i kept feeling like they were meant to be together, for so many reasons. 

abby captured me from the very beginning, i must admit, at times she frustrated me because she was so stubborn. i loved how she didn't give in to travis's early advances and that she stood her ground with him. she has this amazing drive, one that puts self preservation first - which i found admirable and understood based on her upbringing. what i do know is that life can alter your path, and that's what happened with abby. insert travis maddox. he seems to be everything she doesn't want, but is insanely drawn to. he's possessive and controlling and her attraction to him overrides the plan she's made. 

travis was my favorite character. he's a fighting bad boy who really doesn't care about anything or anyone, that is, until he meets abby. his world shifts and i went on this journey with him. throughout the book, i kept thinking to myself... i wonder what travis was thinking!! (more on that later!), because his decisions and actions left me wanting to dive into the book and slap him silly (i did feel like this about abby too).  

i, personally, loved the relationship between these two. i was very into just how messed up they were, both alone and together. what really got to me, was the intensity of their relationship. abby gives travis a reason to change, she gets to him and its almost like he doesn't even understand why. i love the notion that a single person can make someone want to change, and this book did it for me.

i don't hugely enjoy reading books that are predictable, and while some elements were, i was very surprised by the turn of events.  i don't want to give away too much, in case someone wants to read it, but there is a bit of gambling, vegas, fighting, smoke, parties and steamy scenes! 

as with all books that i really enjoy, i tend to do some research, so i was super excited to see that the author was releasing the version from travis's perspective, called 'Walking Disaster'. it's released on April 16th! i've already preordered and am counting down! also, warner bros has agreed to make it into a movie! my picks are below for who i think should be cast:


abby: leighton meester
travis: cam gigandet
america; julianne hough
shepley: liam hemsworth




1. were there any other especially interesting characters? shepley and america were interesting, i loved the loyalty and love that america and abby share. it's a bond that can't be broken, and you see that early on.
2. from whose point of view is the story told? abby's point of view.
3. were the characters and their problems believable? yes, i think so. maybe a little exaggerated, but i loved the journey.
4. how did the main character change during the novel? i sort of spoke to this in my opinion above, but both travis and abby definitely changed. love can change people and that's what i got from this book.
5. what alternative title would you choose for this book? actually, i think that the current title works so well for this story.
6. favorite quote: (shep to abby) you're a goddam tornado! when you are happy, it's love and peace and butterflies. when you're pissed, you take the whole f*#*ing world down with you!
7. favorite scene: i'd say it's the scene where travis confronts abby outside her dorm room and then calls parker. his little speech melts my heart!
8. what did you think of the cover? loved it
9. would you recommend this book? yes, highly recommended
10. how would you rate it? 9/10

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