04.07.13: Re-read before diving into Travis's POV, [b:Walking Disaster|15745950|Walking Disaster (Beautiful, #2)|Jamie McGuire|http://d.gr-assets.com/books/1352338368s/15745950.jpg|21436019].
This time around I think I appreciated the story a bit more. I still stand-by my original thoughts, but I'm going to bump my rating up from 3.5 stars to 4.
---Original Review: posted 06.28.12
Travis said: "You know why I want you? I didn't know I was lost until you found me. I didn't know what alone was until the first night I spent without you in my bed. You're the one thing I've got right. You're what I've been waiting for, Pigeon."
Talk about an emotional ride! Travis is the bad boy on campus. He's a bit broken, has quite the temper, and doesn't think twice about using his fists to rectify a situation (be it during a paid fight or taking up for his girl). I liked Travis, even if I felt his emotional maturity needed a lot of growth. Abby was harder for me to "get" until much later in the book. I was in a perpetual state of anxiety during the length of Beautiful Disaster
; my stomach tied in knots, my head hurt, and my heart broke dang near every other page.
I didn't get why Abby had so much hostility towards Travis. Sure, in the beginning, he was a man-whore, but he changed. As their friendship grew, it was so obvious he loved her, and I just wanted to stomp on Abby's careless heart for being so hurtful towards him! A few times I couldn't understand why she'd be friends with someone she had such a low opinion of.
But, then the story finally
began to develop, and, eventually, I could see what caused Abby to be fearful of a relationship with Travis. In my opinion, her secrets were held for too long--because of that I nearly put the book down--and her wishy-washy attitude was a complete turn-off. She had valid concerns that luckily put her actions & reactions into perspective for me. A few random things I liked:
- Travis' nickname for Abby is Pidgeon/Pidge. When he finally clues us into how he came up with the name, it's cute, sweet, and so very Travis.
- Abby's friend, America, is loyal and the type of BFF every girl should have.
- Loved the poker game with Travis' family!
- Adored Travis' grand gesture when he rids his apartment of a certain piece of offensive furniture, and adds to his already inked body.
- The epilogue left me with a huge smile on my face.Young Adult Mature
• 3.5 stars!As an afterthought:
I'm not sure if it was the success of Twilight
, or what, but it seems more and more writers are jumping on the codependency bandwagon. It feels as if every few books I read features a possessive, stalkery hero who might die without his lady love. Before I get bombarded with hate mail, I love a bad boy, possessive hero just as much as the next girl. There's nothing like having a man who'd fight for you and declare you can never leave him to make a girl's heart aflutter. But, really, there's a fine line between healthy and unhealthy, and too much line-crossing makes me worry about the state of romance novels...and just how much people are willing to overlook in the name of love.