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Beautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuire
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Yeah...that's about the most positive thing I can say about this train wreck of a novel.

I made many attempts to read this book over the last year. So many of my friends here on GR and out in the real world absolutely LOVED this book and kept promising me that once I got into the story I would fall in love with Travis the way they had. So, for that reason...and because I am just too stubborn for my own good...I kept trying.

A friendly warning...spoilers and ranting ahead. Consider yourself warned. :)

This book definitely seems polarizing. It seems like most people either have it on their list of favorite books, or they think it's the worst thing ever written. I really wish I was a part of the first camp. I mean, reading this would have been a helluva lot more enjoyable if I had loved it. As it was, Beautiful Disaster ended up being one of the most frustrating, trying-to-resist-slamming-my-Kindle-into-the-wall, migraine-inducing reads I have ever had.

First of all, I didn't have a problem with the writing, per say. Jamie McGuire is a decent author. My main problem were the characters and their behavior. I have never...and I mean NEVER encountered a book so full of annoying characters in my life. In fact, I would have to say the character that annoyed me the least was in fact Travis, and considering how unsettled and creeped out I was by some of his behavior...that statement is pretty damn scary to make. But, it's true.

America...the worlds most useless best friend. One second she's encouraging Abby to go out with her ken doll suitor Parker, and then the next she is raging at her for not being with Travis. I have never seen a character flip-flop more in my life. Another example: When Travis stumbles home from the bar with 2 girls and Abby gets her feelings hurt about it (even though she has repeatedly stated that she can only be friends with Travis and doesn't care what he does), America rushes to Abby's defense and flips out on Travis for disrespecting Abby. Then...she does a COMPLETE about face a short time later, and argues with Abby that she's being unreasonable by being pissed at Travis because she's giving him mixed signals etc. Oh...and let's not forget the fact that America not only supported Abby's decision to slam back 15 or so shots at her 19th birthday party...but berated everyone else for showing any concern for Abby's potential date with alcohol poisoning. Now that's friendship!

Travis' cousin, roommate and unfortunate boyfriend of America Shep, and Parker Abby's on again, off again, who-gives-a-sh*t-at-this-point suitor are both ridiculously one-dimensional. As are the "bad guys" who pop up at the end of the book. And then...we have Abby. Quite possibly the most annoying character of all time (or at least the most annoying character that I have come across in a looooong time).

She is obnoxious, flighty and self-centered. She is not satisfied unless everyone around her is focused on her wants and needs (despite her half-hearted claims to the contrary). And for someone who supposedly moved away to escape the stigma of her former life, she sure didn't seem all that phased by all the people talking about her at school. Travis and yes, even America seemed far more upset about the rumors swirling around the high school college about her relationships with Travis and Parker. Which brings me to my next point; how could anyone with more than 1 brain cell act surprised that people (especially the childish kind of people that populate this book) would think she was dating Travis when she was....um, living with him? And, oh yeah...going out on dates with him!!!

Now, I would be remiss if I didn't comment on probably the most infamous scene in the entire book. The Post-Virginity-Taking-Freak-Out.

Okay. Now, for the first 40% of the book I knew that Travis was more than a little obsessive. Controlling. Had anger issues. But when we hit that magical 42%...that was when all hell broke loose and the crazy really began to fly! Let me just say that Abby's slinking out of the apartment in the middle of the night was beyond ridiculous and I could understand Travis being hurt by it. But....BUT...his reaction to it...ripping the door off it's hinges, tearing his bed apart, pretty much trashing his entire apartment? That was the point when this book went from Crazy Town, into run for the hills and bring a shotgun to protect yourself Raving Lunatic City.

Make no mistake about it....Travis' behavior is not right. It's not romantic. It's not the behavior of someone I would consider a Hero. The fact that so many people disagree with me, boggles my mind. I mean, he is the runaway leader in a GR poll for Favorite Book Boyfriend. What?!?! Sure he may love Abby and be willing to change who is is in order to keep her (even though 1 - she doesn't deserve the devotion and 2- having to change who you are to make someone else happy....even if you're a violent, possessive & controlling caveman...is not the basis for a good relationship to being with...but i digress...), but he is so far away from my idea of a true hero or leading man that it's kind of scary to think that so many women want...him. But...that's just me. Like I said, I am very much in the minority in regards to Travis, so if you dig that kind of thing....more power to you. I just think that if someone acted the way he did in real life? He would not be flying off to Vegas with Abby to tie the knot, he would be in prison.

*end of rant*

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Reading Progress

September 3, 2012 – Shelved
September 3, 2012 – Shelved as: friend-recommendations
September 3, 2012 –
1.0% "So many mixed reviews for this. I'm anxious to see what all the hype is about."
September 3, 2012 –
11.0% "First off, I don't really like Abby. Nor do I like the way Travis calls her Pigeon. The writing seems a bit stilted at the moment, but it's interesting enough so far."
January 27, 2013 – Started Reading
January 27, 2013 – Shelved as: 2013
January 27, 2013 – Shelved as: books-that-make-you-go-wtf
January 27, 2013 – Shelved as: second-chance-reads
January 27, 2013 –
1.0% "I am going to attempt to give this book one...more...try. Let's do this.\n "
January 27, 2013 –
1.0% "I am going to attempt to give this book one...more...try. Let's do this.\n "
January 27, 2013 –
21.0% " Right about now I'm thinking that Travis is bipolar and Abby is brain dead.\n "
January 28, 2013 –
33.0% "Every. Single. Character. Bat shit bonkers.\n "
January 28, 2013 –
43.0% "What...the...ever...living...fuck...just happened?!?!?!"
January 28, 2013 –
44.0% ""I'll see you tomorrow. I don't want anything to be weird, okay?" - Abby\n WHY would things be weird?! You just had sex w/ your 'friend', and then ran away in the middle of the night. Seeing you gone, your Prince Charming trashes the apartment, rips the door off it's hinges and tore up his bed. Nothing weird about either person's behavior. At all."
January 28, 2013 –
53.0% "This book is on the fast track to Crazy Town.\n "
January 28, 2013 – Shelved as: e-book
January 28, 2013 – Shelved as: disappointing-reads
January 28, 2013 – Shelved as: dark-and-twisted
January 28, 2013 – Shelved as: hot-mess
January 28, 2013 – Shelved as: too-stupid-to-live
January 28, 2013 – Finished Reading

Comments (showing 1-15 of 15) (15 new)

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Laura You can say this about Abby because you didn't read kiera in thoughtless. I absolutely loathe her. She's worthless.

message 3: by Holly (last edited Jan 29, 2013 11:56AM) (new) - rated it 1 star

Holly Soraya wrote: "Hehe so true!!! So many things were too inappropriate!!! And they were annoying bleh!! Love love this review rant ;-)"

Thanks Soraya. At least you agree with me! LOL

Shantal  (VERIFED BOOK LOVER) i found so much of his behaviour crazy and i absolutely could not stand abby . my rating was for the first half of the book and then it went wayy down from there .

Blacky *Romance Addict* LOL! Great review Holly :D

Jillian (NetGalley Addict) LMAO, Holly that review was awesome, loved the rant.

rameau If you're in the minority with this, you're in good company. But that's just my biased opinion. Great review.

Anachronist Brilliant review and those gifs...I wish I could rant as nice as you!

Holly Anachronist wrote: "Brilliant review and those gifs...I wish I could rant as nice as you!"

Thank you so much! It's nice to see that I'm not as alone as i thought i was. ;)

message 10: by Holly (new) - rated it 1 star

Holly rameau wrote: "If you're in the minority with this, you're in good company. But that's just my biased opinion. Great review."

LOL! Thanks so much.

Leyoh I wish I could DOUBLE like this review. It's great. You said all of the things I was too exasperated to write after reading the book but much better.

message 12: by Holly (new) - rated it 1 star

Holly Leyoh wrote: "I wish I could DOUBLE like this review. It's great. You said all of the things I was too exasperated to write after reading the book but much better."

This book was beyond frustrating. I am SO glad that other people agree with me about this book. Thank you so much for the kind words. :)

Jawahir Qadouri I agree with you the novel went by really fast ,, I love how travis in the beginning of the book but then she completely changed this character it's was really annoying but still I like the book

Latasha I am about 60% done and let me just say thank you for the hilarious review... My sentiments precisely.

kookyquinn Oh my gawd! Right?! What a fucking nightmare! I want to strangle the girls who begged me to read this and swore I’d love it. HATED.IT.

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