I need my own Travis Maddox right now. Dammit, where’s my own Travis Maddox?!
Kidding. Well, okay, not really.
I was such a girl while reading this. My emotions see-sawed from annoyed, excited, angry, really annoyed to giddy butterflies. Beautiful Disaster was like Pride and Prejudice mixed with the passion and intensity of Crossfire, sprinkled with a little Sarah Dessen.
“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.”
Some people might complain about Travis’ violent tendencies and his anger management problems but it didn’t bother me at all. (For the record, he never hit Abby). I admit, the first third of the book was both annoying and excruciatingly good. I mean, I just wanted to scream at them to wake up, stop with the mind games and get together already for crying out loud! But those chapters were also filled with butterfly-inducing moments so I couldn’t exactly complain very much. The second part of the book was more annoying than cute. Abby was so indecisive I just wanted to smack her out of it, but in the end, I still rooted for them. Oh, young love! Some might argue that Abby and Travis were way too serious too soon. I mean, if this happened in the real world, people would think they’re crazy… but then again, isn’t that how love is supposed to be like? Crazy, burning, passionate, angry, chaotic, stupid and totally mental… I actually kind of wish for that kind of love.
I totally get why this book reminded many readers of Fifty Shades and Crossfire. Travis and Abby’s relationship was totally dysfunctional and messed-up, which probably reminded them of Christian-Anna and Gideon-Eva. These couples all had intense relationships, except Travis and Abby’s was probably a little more innocent and untainted. Someone once told me young people fell in love differently. When they fell in love, they really fall in love. They don’t worry about stability, jobs, careers and all those shit. I guess that’s why I liked this book so much. No matter how impractical and how unrealistic these two were, they reminded me that it was possible to fall in love completely, totally and absolutely.
Some might wonder what’s so special about this story to garner such hype. I’ll tell you why. Aside from the good storytelling, albeit sometimes annoying plot, this story fulfilled a secret fantasy almost every girl has dreamed about or harbored since they were in High School. Almost all of us, in one way or another, fantasized about falling in love with the bad boy, that untameable, unattainable, hot playboy, and have him fall for us in a way that he has never fallen before. We’ve all dreamt about being the girl who “changed” him and managed to tame him, the one who made him stay, the one who finally made him fall in love. Travis Maddox was the perfect bad boy waiting to be saved. This was the teenage fantasy this book delivered, and did so brilliantly. Thumbs-up!
P.S. I’m never into buying the same books twice just because one was written from a different perspective, but I’m actually planning to get Walking Disaster. It’s basically Beautiful Disaster written from Travis’ point-of-view. Same story, different narrator. Yeah, I pretty much fell in love with Travis in this book that I want to see the story from his eyes so bad.