by Jamie McGuire
Embarrassment of Riches 5/50
Random thought while reading: This is an afront to nice guys everywhere! I have NEVER read about a nice guy made to seem so damn boring, it made me laugh at how blegh he was made compared to the lead male protag! Poor man.
So, having said that, yes, the “bad” guy is awesome. He is so bloody sweet that even I would put up with his sleeping around while we are just friends. This book makes you think you could tame the bad boy beast – just don’t sleep with him right away and call him on his crap and the unattainable hot dude will fall for you. Yay! But seriously, this book was freaking addictive, it made me laugh over the silliest thing and I was giddy, yes, giddy with the flirting and anger and insanity that happened. What the heck?! At least at the beginning.
So realize these two are 19 or 20. He is a serial one night stand haver, she is a freshman at college with a big secret. They are both totally messed up. One by their parents, the other because of other stuff. They are wonderful and horrible together, hence Beautiful Disaster. They are all or nothing. They are intense and insane and violent (not really with each other) and young when all those emotions are really truly, horribly insane.
So anyway, this book is crack. I don’t know that dudes would enjoy it, it is a girlie book fairy tale, that is for sure! But then it just goes crazy. The insanity of jealousy and “no, we are broken up you crazy violent guy who still loves me, so I am going to move over to this dude right next to you, grab him and dance with him to get away from you – shock, horror when violent ex-boyfriend pushes that guy away.” Ok, once or something, but it happens a few times. The almost teasing of Abby, the obsession of Travis…I felt like I was watching a Jerry Springer show or something. At times I just set the book down and didn’t want to read it, but then like a train wreck, I couldn’t stop myself from picking it back up.
The writing is a little clunky too. I mostly noticed it at the beginning, before the story sucked me into its sarlacc gullet (remember the pit in Return of the Jedi in the desert?! – yep, I feel better about myself throwing sci fi movie references into this review.)
So, while I had a love it then hate it relationship with this book, I will say it is very readable and if you let the crazy wash over you and flow with it, it is very exciting. If you like YA contemporaries and enjoy those crazy push/pull relationship stories, check it out! But remember, it is VERY new adult/YA so there are emotions leaking all over the place. It is older though because there are some very adult situations. Anyway, I guess I would give it 4 stars circling your head after this story knocks you on your butt, from the teen angst, alcohol and bare knuckle boxing because the story just sucks you and has its way with you.