This reviewer loved this book, with some reservations. As a romance, McGuire's story is amazing - readers will sigh and cringe and sigh again, as bad boy Travis changes his philandering ways for Abby. Only here's the thing: I have trouble recommending the amazing Beautiful Disaster to teen readers because of Travis and Abby's dysfunctional relationship. If the teen in your life is reading this book, I strongly suggest reading along and talking with them about how Travis and Abby may be fun to read about, but how Travis' behavior is in no way real-world appropriate. Disclaimer aside, McGuire writes a hell of a love story and romance-loving adults who understand why bad boys are only fun in theory will read this in one sitting, just like me.
Abby Abernathy chose a college far away from home to get a fresh start. Desperate for a change, she tries to stay away from Travis, the underground-fighting man-whore about campus. Only Travis is intrigued by Abby, and Abby doesn't really want to stay away. As the campus watches, they're pulled together and torn apart throughout the school year. (ATRIA, Aug., 432 pp., $16.99, ISBN: 9781476719078, PB, 18 & Up)
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