Author Jamie McGuire’s self-published novel “Beautiful Disaster” is getting the big screen treatment through Warner Bros. The studio picked up the rights to the novel, which centers on Abby Abernathy, a girl with a dark past who tries to reinvent herself in college. Her plan go awry.
The byline on McGuire’s website is “Not Your Mother’s Romance…” and one review calls the the book ” insanely addictive. Beautifully sexy, beautifully intense, and beautifully perfect. Jamie McGuire has written a damn good book.”
McGuire’s novel sold over 200,000 copies before being purchased by Simon & Schuster last month. The novel will grow in popularity before it arrives on screen. Clearly, Warners harbors hopes that it will follow in the footsteps of such popular fiction as Stephanie Meyer’s “Twilight,” E. L. James’ “Fifty Shades of Grey” and Suzanne Collins’ “The Hunger Games.” Let the casting speculation begin.
The synopsis is below:
The new Abby Abernathy is a good girl. She doesn’t drink or swear, and she has the appropriate percentage of cardigans in her wardrobe. Abby believes she has enough distance between her and the darkness of her past, but when she arrives at college with her best friend America, 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 needs—and wants—to avoid. He spends his nights winning money in a floating fight ring, and his days as the charming college co-ed. Intrigued by Abby’s resistance to his charms, 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’ apartment for the same amount of time. Either way, Travis has no idea that he has met his match.