Author: Jamie McGuire
Rating: 4 out of 5
Genre: New Adult
Format: ARC (copy provided for an honest review)
Publisher: Atria Books
Release Date: April 2, 2013
Recommended Reading: AGE +17 (Sexual situations)
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IN A NUTSHELL: First things first; have you read Beautiful Disaster yet? If not, go read that and then we can chat about reading Walking Disaster. This book in no way can stand on its own. You need to know Abby’s story in order to fully appreciate Travis’ point of view. Please take my advice, if you don’t you will be left confused, frustrated, and possibly downright hating the book. If you’ve read Beautiful Disaster but it was a while ago…brush up on it honey! You won’t be disappointed.
With that said, I loved being able to get into Travis’ head and understand his emotions, his fears, and his crazy love for Abby. Reading an entire book in the guy’s point of view was different for me but definitely fun. I give major props to Jamie McGuire for her ability to write the whole book as if she is this strong, angry, beautifully obsessive man.
Can you love someone too much?
Travis Maddox learned two things from his mother before she died: Love hard. Fight harder. In Walking Disaster, the life of Travis is full of fast women, underground gambling, and violence. But just when he thinks he is invincible, Abby Abernathy brings him to his knees. Every story has two sides. In Beautiful Disaster, Abby had her say.
Now it’s time to see the story through Travis’s eyes.
THE LOWDOWN: Let me just say that right off the bat, like literally 3 pages in, I was tearing up. The Prologue of this book was beautifully written; it immediately pulled me into Travis’ point of view and how his whole story began. Without spoiling it, you will get a true taste of why Travis is who he is and why he fights so hard for love.
Jamie McGuire reiterated everything I love about Travis Maddox that I learned in Beautiful Disaster. He’s a fighter (literally and figuratively), he’s obsessive and he’s extremely in love with Abby. He needs to be with her. As expected, I’m given even more insight when I’m able to get into Travis’ head and understand his emotions. In Beautiful Disaster, Travis scared me and sometimes had me screaming at Abby to turn away. He seemed so unstable and angry. In Walking Disaster, I found out why. He has no idea how to love. He doesn’t know how to handle or process the feelings he has for Abby. He reacts first and thinks after.
So I do have some pros and cons. Yes, even though I can say I L-O-V-E-D this book, I did have some issues with it. Since I want to end on a good note, I will start with the cons.
Abby often came off as a bitch. Again, reading Beautiful Disaster will help to remind you that she is not. She is a strong girl who refuses to go down a path she recently pulled herself away from, but it has been a few months since I read it and I struggled to like her. I forgot how many times she just runs away instead of facing the issues.
Some big moments that I enjoyed in Beautiful Disaster were barely mentioned in this book. But at the same time, I felt like I was re-reading Beautiful Disaster when some of the bigger Vegas events started. I got a little bored when they were dealing with all of Abby’s crazy daddy drama.
See how minimal my cons are? I told you I loved it for a reason and I there are a ton of pros, but I will just stick with some of the biggies.
As I mentioned already, learning more about Travis and his emotions were a big hit for me. That’s a no brainer. I also loved all the extra scenes given in Walking Disaster, plus you get a glimpse at all the supporting characters lives. You hear a lot more about Trenton, Travis’ brother, and you are given a much more thorough description of Shepley and America. Since Abby wasn’t staying with Travis for a while in Beautiful Disaster you don’t see how Travis and the other couple relate during those times apart. I enjoyed how Jamie McGuire gave me so much more of them in this book.
Last but not least, the epilogue. You will LOVE the epilogue. Just trust me on this one, ok?
Overall, I think Walking Disaster is the perfect boyfriend to Beautiful Disaster. I absolutely recommend reading this, but STRONGLY suggest re-reading Beautiful Disaster first. Eliminate some of the confusion from the missing parts in this book by reminding yourself what you fell in love with in the first place.