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Beautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuire
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Sep 20, 12

bookshelves: contemporary, ya
Read from July 26 to September 20, 2012

(Reprinted from the Chicago Center for Literature and Photography [cclapcenter.com]. I am the original author of this review, as well as the owner of CCLaP; it is not being reprinted illegally.)

The whole reason I decided to review this book in the first place is because of receiving a general-interest email about it from digital ARC service NetGalley.com, promising me that it will be the "most talked-about book of this fall" that I "am guaranteed to love;" and coming as this did from an apparently objective organization like the NetGalley staff, I made the foolish mistake of believing them, and signing up for a review copy. But alas, this turned out to be a sneaky paid advertisement that was never clearly labeled as such, and the book itself turns out to be a largely unreadable piece of Young Adult chick-lit crap, a ridiculously unrealistic soapy melodrama about a bad-boy undergraduate who literally pays his tuition through participating in an illegal fight club in his small genial college town (like, OMG!), and the intolerably idiotic undergraduate girl who falls for him despite her best intentions not to (like, LOL!); and I have to confess that I barely made it through even fifty pages of this nadir of contemporary literature before giving up in angry disgust. NetGalley, if you want to avoid in the future having cynical middle-aged reviewers like me trashing the teenybopper books you've been paid to promote, you might want to be a little more selective and a lot more transparent about who you're recruiting; because I gotta say, this kind of sneaky carpet-bombing marketing bullsh-t doesn't sit well with me at all.

Out of 10: 0.7
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message 1: by Shawn (new)

Shawn haha, brilliant. Can't wait to experience the awfulness for myself!


message 2: by Oni (new)

Oni Jason, unless you are unaware, this kind of book belongs to a new genre called New Adult. It is targeting mainly post-YA readers. And what you call a nadir of the literary world is the new profit maker for the publishers. I am as concerned as you seeing the dumbing down of the literary world.


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