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Beautiful Disaster | [Jamie McGuire]

Beautiful Disaster

The new 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 needs—and wants—to avoid.
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Publisher's Summary

The new 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 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.

©2011 Jamie McGuire (P)2012 Simon & Schuster

What the Critics Say

"Beautiful Disaster is insanely addictive. Beautifully sexy, beautifully intense, and beautifully perfect. Jamie McGuire has written a damn good book." (Jessica Park, author of the New York Times best seller Flat-Out Love)

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    Mrs. P. Beatty Madison, WI 11-14-12
    Mrs. P. Beatty Madison, WI 11-14-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Written for Tweens"
    What would have made Beautiful Disaster better?

    If the characters had matured over the course of the book.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Jamie McGuire again?

    No.


    What didn’t you like about Emma Galvin’s performance?

    Constantly pressured speech.


    What character would you cut from Beautiful Disaster?

    Everyone but Finch.


    Any additional comments?

    Juvenile.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Carolyn United States 11-13-12
    Carolyn United States 11-13-12 Member Since 2010

    Romance Junkie

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    "A very pleasant surprise!"

    Trying to come off 50 Shades of Grey Trilogy (both written and audible - I did both multiple times) I went to Bared to You - while interesting...they were "50% of 50 Shades"
    No more..worth reading, but I was looking for "more". Beautful Disaster was that, was touching and it just grabbed me in a visceral way. You felt again with reality young love with the emotional roller coaster of this age group! I read it first and had to get the audible! LOVE both! Travis & Pidge are unforgettably real and you just fall in love with them! I can't wait for Walking Disaster (Travis' POV)!!!! Audible, don't let me down! I'll look forward to listening to this as well!!!!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    storytime UTICA, MS, United States 11-05-12
    storytime UTICA, MS, United States 11-05-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Love the angst!"
    What made the experience of listening to Beautiful Disaster the most enjoyable?

    I bought this book to listen to in the car on one of my longer trips and though I had already read it, I was pleasantly surprised to listen to it with another's inflection. Emma Galvin made everything completely believable and enjoyable all over again.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Travis is such a wreck but absolutely irresistable in his desperation to be loved!


    Any additional comments?

    Admittedly the relationship between Abbey and Travis is like a demolition derby but angst and emotion and bad boys in love will win me over every time!

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    Jessica United States 11-05-12
    Jessica United States 11-05-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Love/Hate Relationship with this book... Love won."

    I listened to this book in one sitting, starting it on a 5 hour drive, then staying up late into the night to finish it. I found myself loving it and hating it at different parts, but I honestly think it meant that I was really invested in the book. When the characters were having problems, I was upset, and when they were good, so was I. I also give credit to the performance for that too. And I loved Travis, he had problems... But the author does well with character development so it worked out.

    A lot of reviewers have mentioned the "abusive" nature of their relationship, and I personally feel that this is a little bit of an exaggeration. He throws temper tantrums (trashes his bedroom when she leaves him at one point), but he never did anything that would actually harm Abby. He's pretty much the same "over-protective bad boy who falls fast for the plain girl, brings her into his scary world, is super broody and dangerous, and eventually becomes a softie because of some magical taming quality that only she has the power to use." ...with way more complexity and no paranormal element.

    Overall, I think this book is pretty unrealistic, but if you just remember that it's fiction, it's a "black tar heroin addiction" of a read and I thought about the characters and love story for days afterwards. In fact, writing this review makes me want to listen again...

    I've already recommended it to a few friends. Try it!

    *sidenote* The author is currently working on the publication of the book from Travis' perspective. I'm ridiculously excited to read this, because there are a few parts where I wanted to grab Travis and shake him, yelling, "what are you thinking?!" Now, I will know, and I think I'll love Travis and Abby even more!

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    karla Bakersfield, US, Canada 10-31-12
    karla Bakersfield, US, Canada 10-31-12 Member Since 2010

    love books

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    "wow i am in love!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Beautiful Disaster to be better than the print version?

    yes I love it!


    What did you like best about this story?

    Travis he is awesome!


    What about Emma Galvin’s performance did you like?

    yes she did a great job!


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I love it I cry and laugh with this book it was awesome!


    Any additional comments?

    can't wait for the next book so exaited she is writting it!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jackie LITTLETON, CO, United States 10-29-12
    Jackie LITTLETON, CO, United States 10-29-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Amazing! Finished it in just a few days!"
    If you could sum up Beautiful Disaster in three words, what would they be?

    I loved this book! I loved the relationships and the growth of Remy. So relatable. Maybe not the fight club but still the college experience. I absolutely loved it. I can't stop thinking about it!


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    Amazon Customer Spring, tx 10-26-12
    Amazon Customer Spring, tx 10-26-12 Member Since 2012

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    "Bravo! Nicely done!"
    What made the experience of listening to Beautiful Disaster the most enjoyable?

    EG is a awesome narrator. I've long been a great fan of this book. JM is a commendable writer. It's a book centered around solid character development. It's doesn't have a time in place that you could particularly zone in. I think part of the genius about this book is that it could happened in any collegiate setting of your choice. Travis Maddox is probably the most complex intriguing male hero I've ever read by far. He is the bad boy, genius golden boy next-door complete with tattoos and bulging muscles. It's worth the read and the listen.


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    MAD LOVE BOOK BLOG 10-20-12 Member Since 2012

    MAD LOVE BOOK BLOG

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    "I LIKED IT!!!"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I enjoyed this book. Its YA, mad, crazy love....i have to be with you at all times. It was not a once of a kind story, but overall, i think it was all right. I actually heard the lasts chapters a couple of tmes.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    Lets say that ....I like happy endings....


    What aspect of Emma Galvin’s performance would you have changed?

    The male voices.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    i would have liked the second book to be available right away, as soon as i finished the first one be able to keep involved with the story. i really really hate when i read a book i like and then i have to wait months even a year to know what else happens. It is really annoying.

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    shannon WILSON, NC, United States 10-13-12
    shannon WILSON, NC, United States 10-13-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Great Story!!"
    What was one of the most memorable moments of Beautiful Disaster?

    The ending was great but I wanted more.


    What about Emma Galvin’s performance did you like?

    Her performance was great. She did an excellent job with the different characters voices.


    Any additional comments?

    I loved this book! I couldn't put it down. The characters were entertaining and the story kept me wanting more. This book was more of a romance and thriller all in one. Now if you're looking more for a Fifty Shades of Grey type of book...then this book is not for you. There were sex scenes but nothing like the Fifty books. You would not be disappointed with this one...it was a great read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Carol Salyer Kingsport, TN 10-12-12
    Carol Salyer Kingsport, TN 10-12-12 Member Since 2007

    Carol Salyer

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    "Beautiful Story"
    If you could sum up Beautiful Disaster in three words, what would they be?

    Very Beautiful Story


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Travis because of his sincere love for Abbey and how sweet his character actually was.


    Which character – as performed by Emma Galvin – was your favorite?

    She performed all of them very well. Especially Travis. I loved the emotion that she put into him and how realistic he was. She made his character come to life.


    If you could rename Beautiful Disaster, what would you call it?

    I think that the name is perfect for the book.


    Any additional comments?

    When I first started to listening to the book, I did not know if I could relate to the characters but after the first chapter I could not stop listening. I spent the past two days listening to the story because I couldn't wait to hear what was going to happen next. The characters were so realistic and Emma Galvin performed the voices and the feelings that each of the characters felt so well. I felt as if I was watching a very sweet, sad, happy love story unfold and that I was right there. I would highly recommend this book to anyone that enjoys love stories that have more than just sex in them. This story had excitement and true to life feelings from the characters. You couldn't ask for anything more from this very wonderful book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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