Friday 5 April 2013

Walking Disaster by Jamie McGuire

Even with the sweat on her forehead and the skip in her breath, she didn’t look sick. Her skin didn’t have the peachy glow I was used to, and her eyes weren’t as bright, but she was still beautiful. The most beautiful woman I would ever see.
Pages - 448
Published by Simon and Schuster on the 16th April and published by Atria Books on the 2nd of April.
Goodreads Summary
How much is too much to love?
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. Just when he thought he was invincible, Abby Abernathy brings him to his knees.
You would think that reading the same story from a different perspective might be a bit too familiar to the original book and not worth reading, but Walking Disaster is most certainly an exception to this rule. Described as a companion novel, it shows you the relationship from the perspective of Travis, whereas in Beautiful Disaster we followed the relationship between Abby and Travis through Abby’s eyes. 
From the prologue, you fall instantly back in love with Travis. You get an insight into why he acts the way he does and you want to make everything better for him. No woman can match up to his deceased mum. Until he meets Abby. He may be a bad boy but his heart is in the right place. He just needs a little help in breaking down the barriers and reaching inside for it. It was brilliant to see the way Abby unravelled before him, so that her true identity came to light. Travis never stood a chance against Abby; she was the spark he needed to help him find love again.
The story shows other events that were only described in the first book and skims over events that played a major part of Beautiful Disaster, so you do feel as though you are experiencing a new story. It was over a year ago that I read the last book, so it felt quite new and fresh to me anyway.
It was fascinating to get a closer look at the relationships between Travis and his brothers. How they were all there for each other and taught him everything he knew about fighting. His father is trying so hard to be the parent now but it is clear it wasn’t a job he was capable of carrying out for a long time beforehand. The boys relied heavily on each other, strengthening the bonds that now bind them.
The epilogue was both a highlight and a disappointment all in one. It was beautiful to see the future life of Abby and Travis; to see just how well they turned out. However I felt disappointed because now I have to face the truth that there will be no more Travis and Abby books in the future. *sobs* I really hope the author has some more amazing characters hiding up her sleeve for future publications as I will definitely want to read them.
I loved this book. I loved spending time with Travis and Abby again and I will really miss hanging out with them in the future. If your heart didn’t melt enough with Beautiful Disaster, then prepare for is to dissolve in Walking Disaster.


  1. I'm really hesitant on reading this because i'm not sure if i'll love Travis more or start to hate him. But i'm so glad that you enjoyed it!

    - Ellie at The Selkie Reads Stories


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