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“What she was finding also was how one book led to another, doors kept opening wherever she turned and the days weren't long enough for the reading she wanted to do.”

Beautiful Disaster (Beautiful, #1) - Jamie McGuire There's not much that hasn't been said about this book given it's somewhat controversial main character's anger management issues. People seem to either love or hate it. I originally read this in March and had a re-read this week. I gave it 4 stars back then and have decided to keep it at 4 stars. The story is far from perfect - lots of grammar and spelling errors, but those aside I couldn't help but enjoy it.

For me, this story is all about Travis. Abby I could take or leave. She's shallow, selfish and self-absorbed most of the time, much like Keira from Thoughtless. Despite not liking either girl very much I really enjoyed both of their stories. Or maybe I just like Travis and Kellan enough to make up for what they lack.

I love a tormented male character. And that's what Travis is. His reactions are much like a toddler's - constant violent hissy fits and temper tantrums. He's vulnerable and immature, has terrible judgement and has no self control. But he wears his heart on his sleeve which I can't help but enjoy.

So Abby and Travis are going down as characters I love to hate. There is nothing redeeming about either of them but their train wreck of a relationship is entertaining. My main complaint with the story is the too convenient ending. Theirs is a disastrous, co-dependant, unhealthy relationship. It deserved a more realistic wrap-up, not the one it got - wrapped up in a pretty bow. Let's face it, these two will struggle to stay together.

I will no doubt read Travis's POV as I find him much more interesting than Abby, and I've enjoyed her book.