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Beautiful Disaster is a new adult contemporary romance novel written by Jamie McGuire.


The book centers around Abby Abernathy, a good girl with a dark past, who is noticed by the ultimate bad boy, Travis Maddox one night at an underground fight, called The Circle. Travis Maddox is not what Abby is looking for in a guy--he's handsome, but far too risky. However, the two develop an unlikely friendship which leads to a bet--he must not get hit during one of his fights. If he does, he will stay abstinent for a month. If he doesn't, she has to live with him in his apartment for a month. A simple bet that changes both of their lives forever.

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“I knew the second I met you that there was something about you I needed. Turns out it  wasn’t something about you at all. It was just you.”  ― Jamie McGuire, Beautiful Disakkster

"I don't belong to you, Travis!" ~Abby "I belong to you!" ~Travis


  • McGuire wrote Beautiful Disaster for fun, and never intended to publish it. She made the decision to publish the book 14 months after she'd finished it, and only for the purpose to give her Providence fans something to read while waiting for the trilogy's 2nd books, Requiem.
  • Beautiful Disaster was originally self-published in June 2011, and was self-published when it debuted on the New York Times best seller list at #28 in April 2012. Atria Books, a division of Simon & Schuster, acquired Beautiful Disaster in August 2012, and re-released the novel soon after. The paperback debuted at #6 on the New York Times, and continues to be an international best seller.
  • Beautiful Disaster has been translated in over 40 languages.
  • Warner Bros. optioned the film rights in August of 2012, shortly after Atria Books signed McGuire for a two book deal, including Walking Disaster, a companion novel.


In 2012, the rights to Beautiful Disaster were optioned and acquired by Warner Bros. with Donald De Line set to produce. Julia Hart was hired as the screenwriter.

The option is up for renewal in February 2014.


The script for the film had been completed in 2013, but as of January 2014 there is no director attached to the film. The option for the film is up in February 2014, and at this time it does not appear that the original plans for a film will be happening at this time.

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