Series: Beautiful, #1
Author: Jamie McGuire
Pages: 454 (Kindle edition)
Publisher: Jamie McGuire
Release Date: May 26, 2011
The new Abby Abernathy is a good girl. She doesn’t drink or swear, and she has the appropriate percentage of cardigans in her wardrobe. Abby believes she has enough distance between her and the darkness of her past, but when she arrives at college with her best friend America, 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 charming college co-ed. Intrigued by Abby’s resistance to his charms, 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’ apartment for the same amount of time. Either way, Travis has no idea that he has met his match.
Imagine you're driving down the highway and notice a car driving the wrong way straight toward another car. That car swerves to avoid the idiot on the wrong side, but then a couch falls off of a truck and they hit it. Then the car flips over, does some somersaults, and gets hit by an oncoming vehicle. Then it bursts into flames.^ You're wondering, "what the hell just happened?!" First of all, you probably pulled over and are the worst type of gawker. Secondly, you just had an experience similar to reading Beautiful Disaster.
From the very beginning I wasn't sure if I wanted Abby and Travis to get together. He's sexy, tattooed, and happens to be a genius. She wears cardigans, sucks at Biology, and likes chocolate syrup in her oatmeal. There was no way I could see these two in the same social circle, let alone being bestest friends turned lovers gone wrong. Plus Abby was either completely dense or pretending to be for most of the book in order to not see how much Travis was in love with her. Then we learn about her "shocking" secret and...
"This has just become one convoluted clusterfuck."
Indeed. Except that her secret is kind of lame, and seems to only partially explain her behavior. But it's unique and helps contribute to the insane drama. So much drama that those two almost gave me whiplash.
^Accident scenario provided by Flowers in the Attic by V.C. Andrews.