Series: Beautiful #1
Publisher: Atria Books on August 14, 2012
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The new Abby Abernathy is a good girl. She doesn’t drink or swear, and she has the appropriate number of cardigans in her wardrobe. Abby believes she has enough distance from the darkness of her past, but when she arrives at college with her best friend, 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 ultimate college campus charmer. Intrigued by Abby’s resistance to his appeal, 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’s apartment for the same amount of time. Either way, Travis has no idea that he has met his match.
“‘To douchebags!'” he said, gesturing to Brad. ‘And to girls that break your heart,’ he bowed his head to me. His eyes lost focus. ‘And to the absolute fucking horror of losing your best friend because you were stupid enough to fall in love with her.'”
“‘It’s dangerous to need someone that much. You’re trying to save him and he’s hoping you can. You two are a disaster.’ I smiled at the ceiling. ‘It doesn’t matter what or why it is. When it’s good, Kara… it’s beautiful.'”
“Everything in the room screamed that I didn’t belong.”
My Musings: Wow. I was not expecting to be utterly addicted to this book. At first I was a bit skeptical with this novel. I had heard that it was good, but at sometimes not so young adult-ish. Yes, there were mature themes and all, but that enhanced the story rather than took away from it.
McGuire’s way of writing was impeccable. Even with the grammatical errors present in the ARC version that I read, nothing could tarnish the amazing story. I loved reading about Abby Abernathy finding herself, and her soul mate. There are no words to describe how much I loved this book.
Abby and Travis would have to be one of my favorite book couples. Why? Because they’re real. Neither of them have a fairy tale life and background that they come from. They both have struggled in the past, struggled when they met, and struggled afterwards as well. This wasn’t one of those ‘oh they meet, fall in love, and have a happily ever after’. Oh no, no, no. This, if anything, was the complete opposite. It was refreshing to see a take on a troubled, yet realistic relationship.
All of the characters grew over the course of the novel. Abby realizes that other people don’t make who you are–a valuable lesson that many people can stand to learn. Abby was faced with tough decisions: one’s more deep than ‘oh, what am I doing to wear to prom?!‘. Her character was very relatable as she struggled through her freshman year of college.
Travis. Oh, Travis. I loved his character, and I sincerely can say that I would love to have a best friend like him. Weird, right? Why would I want a best friend that smokes, fights, and is the campus’ one night stand? It’s because he cares. Although we see that he doesn’t normally let people in, when he does, it’s for-real. His unabashed love for Abby literally knocked my socks off. The whole span of a novel I was thinking, Why can’t I have someone like that? Yes, Travis was a MESS. But everyone has their flaws. The point of loving someone is that you can look past all of a person’s flaws; no matter how bad they are.
I just…I can’t even try to put in words what this novel made me felt. I experienced ups and downs right along with the characters. When Travis and Abby cried, I cried. When they laughed, I laughed. I read this book in one straight sitting–until 4 in the morning to be exact. It’s just, this novel hit me hard. If you haven’t read it, it needs to go at the very top of your TBR pile. Once you read this book, you’ll be changes; I can promise you that. This book was utterly amazing. I recommend it for anyone and everyone; you’ll be sure to love it.