Hardcover, 448 pages
Published: April 2, 2013
Rating: 5/5 Stars Description:
Finally, the highly anticipated follow-up to the New York Times bestseller Beautiful Disaster. 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.
**A copy was provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review**
Where do I begin?
This novel was beyond amazing! I could not put this novel down!
Walking Disaster is the second novel in the Beautiful series, and is in Travis Maddox’s POV. Many scenes feature just Travis/Travis and Shepley/or Travis and his brothers or dad[family]. And even the scenes with him and Abby are different again because you’re seeing and experiencing the story completely though his eyes. Jamie McGuire truly did a wonderful job of getting us right into Travis’ head.
I loved how the author the novel started off, right at the beginning, when Travis was 3. The prologue really set up his character, it gives the reader the reasons behind what made him into the person we have come to know & love! The raw emotions were overwhelming, it really was heartbreaking, and I’m not going to lie, I cried a bit!! And for anyone who perceived Travis as arrogant, the jealous type and even a little over-the-top-crazy, I urge you to read this book, because your perspective of Travis will change. The novel gives the reader insights on Travis’ thoughts and feelings, which put logic and reason behind his all his actions. I enjoyed watching Travis trying to figure out Abby, she’s just sooo different from any girl he’s ever met, and it was interesting to see him fighting his feelings for everything that involved her from just talking to her to taking part in the ‘bet’.
I found myself constantly smiling and chuckling over his thoughts. I just loved his bad boy logic. It was hilarious at times, and at other times really made my heart clench. You really get to see the complete “Travis” picture with this book – you see his hope, his pain, his anger, and his desperate love for and need for acceptance by this one girl who has completely taken over his heart. Travis is not perfect, he has many flaws, but I think that it is a huge part of why we all love him so much! There’s just something about an imperfect, flawed character trying so hard to be functional that just tugs each one of my heart strings. On one hand, yes, he undeniably has some temper issues but you see him go through a lot of growth over the course of the book, and at the same time, he’s also just a guy who just desperately, with all his heart, is truly, madly, deeply, head-over-heels in love with his girl and is trying his very best to be everything she deserves.
I love how he thinks that he belongs only to her and how he feels that he can’t breathe unless he’s with Abby.
There were many new scenes in the book; there was also a huge chunk in the middle that was extremely paralleled to the first novel. In an effort to not make this book to identical to Beautiful Disaster, much of the dialogue was cut and there were parts of the book where, despite my love for Travis and Abby, the story always didn’t convey that same epic feeling that the first novel did. But at the same time, it really worked for this story because otherwise, it would have been way too similar. This is why I feel this book is really a companion novel to Beautiful Disaster. It is definitely for the hard core fans of Travis and Abby, who already know their connection, are already in love with their characters, have experienced the story through Abby’s eyes and just want MORE. Because in that respect, it most certainly delivers! How rare a treat is it to get an entire “alternate POV” book?
OMFG THE EPILOGUE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! OH MY GOSHH!!!!!! I don’t want to say a SINGLE word about it because I don’t want to spoil it at all for anyone but I’ll just say that it takes place several years after where Beautiful Disaster left off and it had my heart RACING!!! I never saw that ending coming but OMFGG it was FREAKING PERFECT! I LOVED IT!! Freaking loved it!! The book is worth reading for the epilogue alone. It left Travis and Abby’s story off in SUCH a wonderful place and at the same time, left me wanting to know more about the stories of the rest of the swoony Maddox brothers.
I HIGHLY recommend reading this novel, but only after you’ve read Beautiful Disaster. Walking Disaster truly is the other half to Beautiful Disaster and you come away with it knowing every side of Travis and Abby’s story.
Check out my “Teaser Tuesday” Post featuring this novel:
Teaser Tuesday (#13)