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Beautiful Disaster (Beautiful #1)

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4.15  ·  Rating Details ·  436,963 Ratings  ·  25,140 Reviews
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,
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Paperback, 416 pages
Published August 14th 2012 by Atria Books (first published May 26th 2011)
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Sophia.
* Warning: If you're easily offended by cursing, and/or aggressivity, then don't FUCKING read this. *

I am literally losing it. This book contains one of the most disturbing scenes I have ever read in any book. EVER.
So here's one excerpt from the book.

Abby slept with Travis and left his apartment in the morning without saying goodbye. This is his reaction, a few hours later :

“Travis is a fucking wreck! He won’t talk to us, he’s trashed the
apartment
, threw the stereo across the room… Shep [room
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Lucy
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Hayley
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Shelly Crane
Oct 25, 2011 Shelly Crane rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm not sure what to write about this book. The reviews for the book were SOOO incredibly misleading. I thought Travis was going to hit her, or come close, the way everyone was going on about the 'abuse' in the book. I get it, it was intense. But having seen real abuse with my own eyes, in real life..I didnt understand what everyone else saw that made it be worse and stand apart from all other books.

This is a book about an alpha male. Just because it's not a paranormal book and instead, a contem
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S.C. Stephens
Oct 06, 2011 S.C. Stephens rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow...Travis, Travis, Travis. I liked him, I hated him, I liked him again...I worried about his sanity...then I loved him. And, oddly enough, I had a lot of the same feelings about Abby! So many times I wanted to scream at her, then him, then her again! Great, complex characters. I loved this!! Wonderful story, wonderful world, wonderful author!
Emily May

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Dd
Jan 06, 2013 Dd rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition

Shake in your boots,boys,and drop your panties,ladies!

I give you : Travis 'Mad Dog' Maddox!


"He made his entrance,shirtless,relaxed and unaffected.The lean muscles stretched under his tattooed skin."


Okay ladies,here we go.1,2,3 and....S.W.O.O.N!!


"He oozed sex and rebelliousness with his buzzed,brown hair and tattooed forearms."

Uh-oh boy!!Here go my ovaries!!

Ummm...QUESTION!!

Can I get pregnant from this?

Anyway....

Okay,now the storyline!!

Abby Abernathy has a secret.She has a past.A dark past.An
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Kristen
5 stars with a caveat, and by far my most difficult review to write to date.

I’m honestly baffled by my response to this book because I not only enjoyed the story, but I also gave it high marks. In many ways this book is everything I hate in a Young Adult romance, but I still found myself enthralled, giddy, and starry eyed, regardless of how annoyed I became at time. In fact, I felt like I was at odds with myself during most of it. There was my latent teenage self, all starry eyed and idealistic,
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Kiki
This book is a nightmare. It's as if Jamie McGuire reached into my brain, found my worst nightmare, wrote it down, and then charged me $13.99 to relive it.

But that's not all. I read this book on an 8-hour flight from London to Toronto. This book and I spent 8 hours together, in coach seating, with nothing to do but surrender to the impossibility of an escape. There was nowhere to run and nowhere to hide, as this book stared up at me, begging to be read.

"Give me a chance," it said. "Just because
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Kat Kennedy
Nope. Can't do it. It's just too horrible. I've reached my max saturation point of stupidity.
Angela
Feb 11, 2015 Angela rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 1-star-reads
I haven't been this pissed off reading a book since Bad Romeo. Beautiful Disaster was a cluster eff of a read managing to throw everything I hate in a book into one novel.

My first issue with this book are the characters. Our leading lady is Abby Abernathy. Then there's our leading man Travis Maddox. I can capture my feels for both of them at the same time. I HATE THEM!!! I CAN'T STAND THEM!!!! Actually that really undersells how I feel towards them but whatever. Abby is DUMB! there's is no other
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Rose
Jamie McGuire's "Beautiful Disaster" is the worst adult contemporary romance novel I've had the displeasure of reading.

I'm imagining I've raised a few eyebrows with beginning this review on that note. You might be thinking "Well, aren't you being a little melodramatic, Rose? It's just a book - it can't possibly be that bad, right?"

*exhales slowly* Let me state for the record I'm a person who likes reading many different kinds of romances because I'm an avid reader and genres know no bounds with
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Colleen Hoover
May 08, 2012 Colleen Hoover rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read this book right after (shameless plug) I wrote my first book, Slammed.
Speaking of Slammed, who do you think would win in a fist fight between Travis Maddox and poetry teacher, Will Cooper?
Haha.
HAHAHAHA.
BAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA.
Let's look on the bright side. Will Cooper would write a really kick-ass poem about his hospital stay.
Brittany
Nov 12, 2011 Brittany rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Jamie McGuire. Putting the woman's movement back 200 years. D: It saddens me that someone from my own gender is writing such shallow and mindless dribble. I know the economy is bad, but damn have some pride!

If you were able to get through this book without throwing up I have to applaud you. I had to stop reading at page 225 because I was becoming physically ill. It wasn't the subject that sickened me, it was HOW the subject was being written. The characters and their reaction to Travis' obsessi
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Abbi Glines
Jul 29, 2011 Abbi Glines rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: my-favs
I rarely review books unless the author is a friend of mine. However, I thought I'd say something about this one. I put off reading this because I'd read the reviews and the ones that complained about the editing issues worried me. I don't like reading a book for enjoyment and find myself mentally editing it the entire time. OMG, I am so glad I gave in and read it. It's insanely good. Yes, there are errors but honestly I was so wrapped up in the story I didn't care. It is really edgy and I would ...more
Jude
Jan 10, 2012 Jude rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: in-my-shelf



*My Review on Walking Disaster. No Spoilers.


The book Beautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuire has been all around the Blogosphere lately. It became available on Netgalley and many bloggers are currently reading it. This book has caused many controversy and has earned some really nasty reviews, still, the book has an average rating of 4.13. I recently stumbled upon a review that said very very no-so-nice things about Beautiful Disaster, and it also mentioned that everyone that rated this book wit
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Whitney Atkinson
Nov 20, 2015 Whitney Atkinson rated it did not like it
Shelves: 2016
This book isn't beautiful, it's just a complete disaster. Travis is psychotic, abusive, and overprotective. I cannot believe shit like this gets published.
~ Becs ~
I read this because it tops so many lists here on Goodreads and I wanted to see what the hype is about but it sadly didn't even begin to live up to my expectations. I actually believe this may be the worst book I have ever read.

The characters are poorly developed, the writing style just appalling, I never really understood their motivations and the narrative never gave them time to react to situations. This felt like it had been written by a twelve year old to me.

This takes place over 2 semeste
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Aestas Book Blog
Sep 08, 2011 Aestas Book Blog rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites


“I need to hear you say it. I need to know you’re mine.”
“I’ve been yours since the second we met.”


ooooo *sigh* what can I say about this book except that its reeeeally good, HIGHLY addictive and utterly captivating. You literally feel compelled to keep turning the pages. You just can't stop. No joke!

Abby and Travis meet in college. He's a tough, charming, insanely hot, tattooed badboy who also is a womanizing A student who fights in a ring at night and once he meets Abby, he's just captiva
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Torie
Jul 03, 2011 Torie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed, books-i-own
WARNING: THIS BOOK IS LIKE CRACK

Because you feel like such shit for reading it, but you can't stop yourself from reading it anyway. There were more typos than I could count, the dialogue is just so cheesy it's cringe-worthy, the boy is such a Gary-Sue, BUT...oh my Lord I could NOT stop myself. I was so grossed out by myself for liking it, my boyfriend was grossed out by me liking it, but I couldn't pull myself away!

The Issues
The boy is a character OBVIOUSLY conjured by a woman and a HUGE Ga
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karen

I know we're fucked up, all right? I'm impulsive, and hot-tempered, and you get under my skin like no one else. You act like you hate me one minute, and then you need me the next. I never get anything right, and i don't deserve you…but i fucking love you, Abby. I love you more than I've loved anyone or anything, ever. When you're around, I don't need booze, or money, or the fighting, or the one-night stands… all I need is you. You're all think about. You're all I dream about. You're all I want.

o
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Katya
Oct 30, 2011 Katya rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I have a little dilemma with reviewing indie books. On one hand, I get it why authors might prefer to go down the self-publishing road. With an industry that gives us Halo and Hades, I'd be disheartened too. The thing is, indie writers face a lot of difficulties getting their stuff out there and making a profit, because the general assumption is that self-pubbed books are poorly written, poorly edited things that no agent wanted to take on.

So I was very conflicted about reviewing this book. ED
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kris
Oct 07, 2012 kris rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition


I think this is my favorite book ! I'm still book hangovered .

Where should I begin?
Ummm , yeah ...

Travis
“I belong to my beloved, and my beloved is mine.”



I loved him , many people may consider him as immature but his will for love was unbelievable.
Travis is fighting illegally ,he is hot , he has tattoos and all the girls want to f*ck with him. ( I wonder why?*innocent eyes*)

Abby



She was just an innocent girl who fell for someone that reminded her , her past.She bet with Travis and this gave an
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Ceilidh
Jan 10, 2012 Ceilidh rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Now that I have officially joined the Kindle army, I felt that it was an appropriate time to start checking out the burgeoning e-book and self-published market. Only a fool would underestimate the growing power and influence of the e-book market in relation to mainstream publishing and I’ve noticed several particular books coming up time and time again amongst both my GoodReads friends and the book blogging scene in general. This book is one of them.

I’d be lying if I said that I ever thought th
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Wendy Darling
Jun 30, 2011 Wendy Darling marked it as will-never-read  ·  review of another edition
And another one bites the dust.
Stacia (the 2010 club)
*Update December 2011 - original rating dropped. I realized after much thought that the ending really bothered me. I wish (view spoiler)

Review revised to add a warning : You may cringe at the ridiculous amount of nickname usage in t
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Ridley
I can't really be bothered to write my usual style of review. I'm the last person on the planet to read it, so summarizing the plot just seems a waste of time. Instead, I'm going to skip straight to my criticism.

First off, if you don't like first person narration, this is not the book that will change your mind. It uses the device particularly poorly. Our narrator, the heroine, at times has too much insight into the minds of others and at other times has too little knowledge of her own mind. Non
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Tweebs☯
Oct 14, 2016 Tweebs☯ rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
For the first time....

IN

FOREVERRRRRRRRR.


Alright, I had to do it. Sorry not sorry if I got Frozen stuck in your head 😅

I'm so happy I bought this book for $1. Yes, a freaking $1. Hit up your local thrift store guys, because awesome deals!!! To be honest, I saw this chilling on a display shelf through the window and I was very curious! I've heard so many mixed things about this book but I was like "OH, WHAT THE HECK?? It can't be thaaaaaat horrible. "

*chuckles*

I jinxed myself. I fucking jinxed m
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Kagama-the Literaturevixen
Dec 04, 2011 Kagama-the Literaturevixen rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: no one
Recommended to Kagama-the Literaturevixen by: a stupid misguided person
Horrible. Didnt finish.

Whats the deal with the cover? I am talking about the woman and her hellish tongue-cover. Is that supposed to be symbolic? She kissed Travis and got infested with his unholy STDS?

I didnt understand what made them find each other likable..there is no hint of it before they state it.

I read back to see if i missed something.Nope,just like that they are BFF-s.

She doesnt want to change him...she accepts him like he is. Even though what he is is a violent sex-addict who uses up
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Katrina Passick Lumsden
Maybe I shouldn't like this book. I sometimes get the feeling I shouldn't, and I've seen reviews swearing up and down that no one should. I know a lot of people have a problem with the dysfunctional relationship between Abby and Travis, and I understand their concerns. While I was reading this emotional rollercoaster of a story, I couldn't help but wonder, "Is this the way relationships should be presented to young women?"

Normally, I would say no. But here's the catch; this story is blatantly h
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Jamie McGuire was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma. She attended Northern Oklahoma College, the University of Central Oklahoma, and Autry Technology Center where she graduated with a degree in Radiography.

Jamie paved the way for the New Adult genre with the international bestseller Beautiful Disaster. Her follow-up novel, Walking Disaster, debuted at #1 on the New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Jou
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