Walking Disaster Review

April 4, 2013 Reviews 0 ★★★½

Walking Disaster ReviewWalking Disaster by Jamie McGuire
Series: Beautiful #2
Publisher: Atria Books
Date Published: April 2, 2013
Genres: New Adult
Format: eARC
Source: Netgalley
Rating: three-half-stars
Description: 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 brin...more 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.

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Rose review avatar   Rose’s Review     4-stars

I gave this book 4 stars because I love Travis Maddox, even though I DON’T want to love him.  This book was a guilty read for me.  I just had to know Travis’s side of things and revisiting the story of Beautiful Disaster was a special treat I couldn’t resist.  This is not a standalone book, however.  If I had not read Beautiful Disaster prior to reading Walking Disaster, I would not have really understood everything that was going on.  In that sense, this did not feel like a complete work on its own.  It DID, however, tie up any loose ends or curiosities from the first book.  Some parts of Travis’s story felt incomplete and rushed. I think perhaps, that might have been accurate to how Travis remembered the story.  What Abby might have focused on as important and told in her story, Travis frequently glossed over in his.  So I cannot criticize that, as it seems it stays true to Travis’s personality.  Overall, this book made me love Travis even more and understand him way better.  My favorite part was the epilogue as I was always curious/worried about Travis and Abby’s future together and the epilogue gives a brief account of the future.

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So after my mixed feelings about Beautiful Disaster, I was unsure about reading this one. I did like Travis a lot in the first book and I love him even more now. And I still hate Abby. She was crazy in the first book and from Travis’s POV she seems bipolar. I still can’t understand why she was special and different for him when she was so flip floppy about him. Anyway moving on to the review of the book. Walking Disaster rehashes a lot from the story, but it also leaves a lot out so if you haven’t read Beautiful Disaster, or read it recently, you might not remember or understand how a few things happened. So in that way it doesn’t feel like a complete book, maybe a side novella would make more sense. I really did enjoy that at the end of the story we get a glimpse about a decade into their future. I did really enjoy that. It showed how things turned out for them and it looked like they both mellowed out. Overall I enjoyed this book but can’t really say I would have paid full book prices for it if I hadn’t gotten a review copy since it didn’t feel like a complete story and didn’t flow as smoothly as Beautiful Disaster did.

*Note: This book contains the following content that might not be suitable for all readers: sexual content (I mean c’mon, this IS Travis Maddox), violence (although Travis tries to minimize this by getting hit as little as possible), coarse language (typical of most drinking, fighting, womanizing college frat boys), and mild alcohol use (15 shots of Patrón is anything but mild).



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