Beautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuire (1 Star)
Blurb from Goodreads:
INTENSE. DANGEROUS. ADDICTIVE.
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.
This is why I don't trust the hype anymore. -.-"
Ever since I started reading, I've heard of this book, and about how great it was! How Travis is just awesome! How swoon worthy it was! How amazing the romance is.
Why am I one of the few that doesn't seem to understand why people say that this is full of "great romance"? From the moment that I started the book, I couldn't seem to stop being irritated for a number of reasons. That plot of the book isn't really complex, its pretty much like the plot where both characters has deep/mysterious secrets, the pacing (in all fairness) is actually good. But I think the biggest struggle I had with this book is the characters. A great struggle that completely made me hate the book.
The moment that Travis was introduced the story, I suddenly had the hunch that I would hate him. Why? I've read a lot of books that have cocky, confident, and handsome ish heroes in it. But the one thing that Travis lacks (for me) is his charm. He might be charming for other people, but to me, I couldn't find the appeal to like him. To me, he just seemed like a cocky douchebag, and as I continued reading the book, all I see is his doucheness.
Then I also see the naivete and stupidness of one Abby. I do not understand why she could stand being with Travis. I get the friendship at first (tho only barely) but then, when you see a douchebag, and I mean a big royal asshat douchebag, why would you even bear to be with him? I had a lot of moments where I just want to rip my hair off or head bump myself on my desk. It was a push and pull moment with them, sometimes, they're pretty bearable, but most of the time they were pretty irritable.
By the half of the book, it bordered the line to "okay enough to not hate" and "I CAN'T TAKE THIS BOOK ANYMORE!". And here's my rant most of all. I want to be able to express to you what made me really upset with this book. I hated how Abby handled Travis. I get that he is attractive and all the yadda yadda things that she likes about him, but sometimes her actions just pissed me off. And then there's Travis who did all the douchebag moves. *sigh* You're probably irritated at me right now because I keep repeating that line, but truthfully, I have other expletives that I wish to express just how pissed I am at him. I don't understand his actions, I don't understand why he did all the things that he did. I JUST DON'T UNDERSTAND WHY HE DOESN'T TREASURE ABBY, IF HE LOVES HER AS MUCH AS HE SAYS SO. He has a very crappy way of handling when things go downhill, and a much more crappy temper.
MY FINAL NOTE
I have to stop now. In a nutshell, Beautiful Disaster was a disappointment to me. Instead of a swoony romance, I got too much angst, enough faceslap moments to make my face red, and a lot of talking out loud saying ;"THE HELL Y U SO STUPID WOMAAAN!", its not my most favorite book this year. :/
P.S: I'm planning to read the sequel to this. Why? Because I am too mean to myself for my own good.