Beautiful Disaster Hires Writer for Big Screen Adaptation

Crushed on by Shannon, on December 6, 2012, in Books in the news / 1 Comment

Earlier this year Jamie McGuire’s hugely popular new adult book Beautiful Disaster was optioned by Warner Bros. As is the trend with many books of late, being optioned doesn’t necessarily guarantee that your movie will be made, however the studio just hired writer Julia Hart to pen the screenplay. She joins Donald De Line, best known for producing The Italian Job, who is set to produce. This is a great sign that the adaptation will continue its progression. The story revolves around Abby Abernathy who leaves behind a sorted past to start over fresh in a new town as a straight-laced college girl. She ends up meeting town bad boy Travis Maddox who makes a tantalizing bet with her: If she loses she must live in his apartment, and if he loses he must abstain from his fun-loving ways for a month. What develops is an explosive passionate relationship between these two beautiful disasters.



Abby Abernathy is a good girl. She doesn’t drink or swear, and she has the appropriate number of cardigans in her wardrobe. Abby believes she has enough distance from the darkness of her past, but when she arrives at college with her best friend, 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 wants—and needs—to avoid. He spends his nights winning money in a floating fight ring, and his days as the ultimate college campus charmer. Intrigued by Abby’s resistance to his appeal, 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’s apartment for the same amount of time. Either way, Travis has no idea that he has met his match.

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