Beautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuire was one of those books that I could not put down but yet it totally disturbed me. I read it fairly quickly and then had to think about it.
The book description from Goodreads:
INTENSE. DANGEROUS. ADDICTIVE.
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 wants—and needs—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
If there is such a thing as a totally unhealthy relationship, this book qualifies.
The main male character has slept with every woman on campus, it seems and they are all “sluts” and “whores” and stupid. The main female character agrees with his view of the women of his past.
There is a definite blurring of the line between love and absolute total obsession. When Travis finds out that Abby has done something he does not like, he totally flips out. He can not control his anger at all when it comes to her. He beats people up if they even joke with her.
And she puts up with it and the book ends up having a disgusting happy ending. At the library, the book is marked young adult. I am concerned that someone will read this and think that sort of relationship is normal and that is not the message that should be carried over from this book.