Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Book Review: Beautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuire

Ooh, this is a hard book to review. I think the line that sums the book up is Abby telling Travis, "I've been yours since the second we met." I love that line. So, here we go!

From Goodreads: 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 wants—and needs—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.

First, the beat sheet:
1. Opening Image: Travis and Abby meet at a fight.
2. Theme Stated: You shouldn't fight against who you are.
3. Set-up: Abby and Travis are just friends.
4. Catalyst: The hot water breaks in the dorms and Abby goes to live with Travis.
5. Debate: She likes Travis but believes they are just friends.
6. Break into two: Abby loses a bet to Travis and has to live with him for a month.
7. B Story: Parker Hayes, Shebley and America
8. Fun and Games: Abby tries to go out with Parker while staying with Travis.
9. Midpoint: Abby admits to Parker that she is in love with Travis.
10. Bad Guys Close In: Mitch convinces Abby she has to take his debt for him.
11. All is Lost: Travis chooses Vegas over Abby and she leaves.
12. Dark Night of the Soul: Abby and Travis are separated.
13. Break into Three: Valentine's dance.
14. Finale: Fight with the fire, marriage in Vegas.
15. Final Image: Abby getting a tattoo saying Mrs. Maddox.

So, this book has a whole lot of swearing, sex, drinking, and fighting. For all that, it was completely engrossing until just before the midpoint. Then I feel it went downhill. And the marriage at the end--completely from nowhere. I also think there should have been a whole lot more exposition so we could get inside Abby's head. But I did really like the main characters and sub characters and all the crap they kept going through. It was fabulous.

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