Google+ Reading Teen: Book and Audio Review: Beautiful Disaster and Walking Disaster by Jamie McGuire

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Book and Audio Review: Beautiful Disaster and Walking Disaster by Jamie McGuire

Hardcover: 432 pages
Publisher: Atria Books; Sgd Spl Lt edition (November 27, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1476719071
ISBN-13: 978-1476719078
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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, 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.


Beautiful Disaster was insane. I really liked the story about sweet Abby and crazy Travis. This disaster of a love story is told from Abby's point of view.

Abby stays busy going to college, making good grades, and staying out of trouble. Abby doesn't really date much, she is very picky about whom she lets get close. Travis participates in an illegal underground fighting gambling ring for major cash. He will sleep with any girl who bats her eyelashes at him, and he has major major anger issues.

When Abby meets Travis her world completely changes. Yes, she thinks he's hot. Yes, she is attracted to him. Abby understands what type of guy Travis is, so she just wants to be his friend.

Yeah right, when does that ever work?


Abby makes a bet with Travis that lands her in his apartment for an entire month. There, Abby gets to know the real Travis, and (surprise, surprise) starts to fall for him.

I really could not put this book down. It was written well, the character development was good. I've read a lot of great positive reviews for this book, and some negative reviews. The negative reviews talk about the wrong message it gives. Personally, on one hand, I agree it gives a poor message that says "A man like Travis is mentally unstable and has massive anger issues, no girl should stick around for that!" On the other hand, I think this book is for adults, no way would I let my impressionable teen boy/girl read this book. So with that being said... I'm sure any adult reading this book will see it for what it's worth. Good story. Great writing.

I loved this book. It was like When Harry Met Sally meets The Fight Club.

Sweet. Sexy. Crazy. Insane. Dysfunctional.

Travis Maddox is crazy that's for sure. I liked his character in the book. I'm not saying that his attitude or actions were appropriate, however I liked the emotional roller coaster Beautiful Disaster gives its readers.


I liked the audio version of this book. Emma Galvin is really good. Emma has also read for Confessions of a Murder Suspect by James Patterson, Divergent by Veronica Roth, Poison Princess by Kresley Cole, Graveminder by Melissa Marr and the list goes on and on.

Profanity: EXTREME
Violence: EXTREME

Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Atria Books; Original edition (April 2, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1476712980
  • ISBN-13: 978-1476712987
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Can you love someone too much?
Travis Maddox learned two things from his mother before she died: Love hard. Fight harder.
In Walking Disaster, the life of Travis is full of fast women, underground gambling, and violence. But just when he thinks he is invincible, Abby Abernathy brings him to his knees.
Every story has two sides. In Beautiful Disaster, Abby had her say. Now it’s time to see the story through Travis’s eyes.


I started the sequel the moment I finished Beautiful Disaster. I found it intriguing that Walking Disaster is the same story, but from Travis' point of view. I didn't enjoy the sequel as much as the first. Just because I knew exactly what was going to happen. On a good note, Walking Disaster has a few surprises and a very positive ending for those non fans who think this is just a negative story with a negative message.


The reader Dan Bittner was a very good voice for Travis "Mad Dog" Maddox. Rough and gruff. Dan has also read for Dark Eden by Patrick Carman, The Eleventh Plague by Jeff Hirsch, Relic Master Series by Catherine Fisher, Wolves of Mercy Falls series by Maggie Stiefvater.

Profanity: EXTREME
Violence: EXTREME


  1. You echo my thoughts exactly! Glad you enjoyed Travis :)

  2. I really do need to read this. Ive been on the fence, but not anymore.

  3. I'm glad you mention the readers/narrators. It really makes a huge difference to me. I was debating whether to get Walking Disaster in ebook or audiobook, and since you mntioned Dan Bittner did the audiobook, I think I'll go with that. I really enjoyed him in The Eleventh Plague.

  4. I've been seeing both of these books everywhere and have been hesitant to read them. I haven't read any new adult novels yet, but I think I need to jump on the bandwagon.


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