Copy received from publisher for an honest review
I have to confess Jamie McGuire is my guilty pleasure. I read “Beautiful
Disaster” and liked it. I always add my disclaimer about Young Adult
books. I am always hesitant to read this genre because I personally
think that the message they send to young women is not the best… Having
said that, I enjoy a good romance and McGuire definitely knows how to
write characters that are addicting and storylines that I can’t help
become emotionally involved in. In my opinion, almost all YA books are
based on her characters (just my opinion).
Beautiful Oblivion is
about Trent Maddox, the famous Travis Maddox’s brother. Trent is just as
attractive as Travis. Just like Travis women thrown themselves at him.
Unlike Travis, Trent is very sweet and caring. He was a genuinely nice
guy and he really cared for Cam. He accepts her for who she is and
really just wants to be in her life.
Camille "Cami" Camlin was a
tough heroine. I didn’t really like her… She was very mean, cold and
nonchalant about almost everything. Yes, I’ll say it, she was so bitchy.
It seemed that everything and anything she was involved in was overly
dramatic and over the top. Although she was portrayed as very mature and
confident she seemed the exact opposite. Because Cam is involved in a
long distance relationship she doesn’t respond to Trent but that doesn’t
stop him from wanting to form a “platonic” relationship with her.
roommate and friend Raegan was a big focus of this book which I did not
expect. The author introduced Raegan/Kody/Jason Hoopla love triangle.
At one point they became the main focus of the story. Although this part
was cute I wasn’t overly interested in their love triangle.
part, which was unexpected was Travis’ part in the story. Apparently
this takes place before Beautiful Disaster. The big reveal at the end
was ok. I was surprised but now impressed. So, my one big gripe about
the YA genre is the overly dramatic, over the top characters storylines
and the overly clingy can’t-live without desperation that these
characters always feel. So why the three stars? Honestly, I couldn’t
stop listening to the story. The narrator, Phoebe Strole, was fantastic.
She knew just when to add a dramatic feel and when to narrate neutral
feelings. Aside from my YA gripes, I think that McGuire creates
characters that you can’t help develop feelings for! You can hate or
love them but there will always be some type of emotion. Having said all
this, I will continue to read/hear her stories and I will continue to
want to know how she evolves the Maddox family! I recommend and enjoyed