Hopeless Romantic- This person is in love with love. They beieve in fairy tales and love. Hopeless romantics recognize in themselves the ability to love infinitely deeply, and they ache to be loved with the same fervour in return. All hopeless romantics are idealists, the sentimental dreamers, the imaginative and the fanciful when you get to know them. They often live with rose colored glasses on. They make love look like an art form with all the romantic things they do for their special someone.
This is the definition according to UrbanDictionary.com. This is the definition of how I look at love. Therefore, my To Read selection has consisted of drama filled romance novels. I tend to be the type of reader who searches for books synching with the events happening in my life. I am mending from a broken heart, which leads me to romance novels as a coping mechanism. Another factor in choosing this latest book is due to the fact that I am coming off of Fifty Shades of Grey withdrawals. I am hooked so deep into the trilogy that I scoured Amazon to find the perfect book to follow it up. Beautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuire continuously popped up on my recommended list both on Amazon and GoodReads. I took the recommendation and it was totally worth the low price of $3.99.
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.
I know this sounds like the typical good girl goes for the bad boy story; however I do not believe that is where the fascination of this book lies. I think it is the fact that the bad boy changes for “his girl” and she is not trying to pursue the bad boy, but trying to avoid him. It is this story line that drew me in. These characters were easy to relate to, especially with my college days not being so far past. The torment and sexual tension of young love is so real and believable, that as a reader I found myself sitting in the cafeteria (where a lot of the book’s scenes take place) witnessing this turbulent relationship between two very different people.
This book has been widely criticized for the violence displayed by Travis, the main character. Although I understand where these critics are coming from, I do not necessarily should be labeled as a bad influence on teenagers and young adults. Is the violence wrong? Yes. Is it somewhat glamorized? Absolutely. However, there is far worse being shown to the same age demographics on television and movies. I guess I do not quite understand the difference and why this book is unacceptable. The fact is violence is there and it is prevalent in young adult relationships and this book is not encouraging it.
One of the many things I like about the book was the relationship between the four main characters: Abby, Travis, America and Shep. It is this dynamic that makes the book so believable. The relationship between all of them is truly authentic and takes me back to times in college, however I cannot relate to how small the college is. Do people really eat at the cafeteria at the same time every day? All through the book Travis is forced to deal with his antagonist Parker, the guy who Abby thinks she supposed to be with. He is everything that Travis is not. He is a wealthy, pre-med student with all the qualifications of being a dreamboat. Although it seems that Abby is torn between these two men, it is clear that she is unconsciously using Parker as a coping mechanism allowing her to put distance between Travis and herself.
There were obvious unrealistic qualities to this book, but what good book doesn’t have that. The character of Travis himself was the most unbelievable aspect of the novel. This guy smokes, drinks, doesn’t work out, but is somehow this undefeated, stud of a fighter. He is a violent, scary individual, but yet has the charisma to attract any women and men just want to be him. And oh yeah, he is a fraternity. Does this guy sound like he should be in a frat? I didn’t think so.
All in all, this book had everything I needed at a certain point in my life. It allowed me to escape my miserable heartache and imagine a love story between two characters whose lives were so messed up, yet they were able to find love. The ending of this book allows the definite possibility of a sequel, but that seems unlikely. I have read rumors that she is currently working on a book from Travis’ point of view. However, my fear is that it will ruin the book for me.
I am currently reading another romance novel to cure my withdrawals from Beautiful Disaster. This book is titled Love Unscripted by Tina Reber. This is a two part book that is leading towards being another addiction of mine. I will definitely be writing a review once I am finished. I promise to cut ties, for a little while, from my erotic romance novel addiction. But until then, I leave you with my favorite quote from Beautiful Disaster. Until next time.