Tuesday, August 9, 2022

Beautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuire (audiobook)

Rating: 2 of 5 stars 
Duration: 10:30:53
Published: January 2014

I listened to Beautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuire as part of a group read with a small group of coworkers. Let me just say, this is not a book I would have read on my own. It is not something I would have enjoyed in my late teens/early 20s. And it is not something I care to listen to nor read again. The over-written teen romance novel surrounds Abby Abernathy, her best friend, America, and her college mate, Travis Maddox. 

The book is too long. It’s basically something you might watch on the CW television station where teens are in angst about their love interest of the moment. There is no real depth to the story, there is an absence of diversity, and much of the plot is far-fetched and unrealistic. Additionally, I found the main male character, Travis, to be emotionally abusive to Abby, and I don’t think the book addressed this properly and glorified his outrageous behavior. I didn’t find a ton of value in this book. I don’t think I really learned anything other than I definitely do not enjoy this genre. The best part of this read/listen was discussing it with coworkers over happy hour. 

Recommendation: This probably would have been a DNF (did not finish) for me had I not been reading with others. I do not recommend this book at all, especially for someone in my demographic. 

Until next time ... Read on!

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