4 stars out of 5
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.
I’m not even sure how to write a review for this book. I thoroughly enjoyed it! Being able to experience the world Jamie McGuire wrote through Travis Maddox’s eyes was, well, quite an experience. From beginning to end, I couldn't take my eyes off this book, and it blew me away.
Travis is a character that definitely isn't like any other, and I never realized how much so, till I read his story, till I was able to see his world through his eyes. What I really enjoyed was watching Travis’ character growth, his perspective on life and love change. And if you think it was impossible to fall even more in love with this hotheaded character, think again!
Beautiful Disaster was nicely written and told a story that was raw and breathtakingly, vividly dramatic. Walking Disaster was no different. Just like in the first book, you get a different kind of relationship, nothing that is hearts, rainbows and butterflies. No, the reason I fall in love with the first book and the second book because of the fresh quality that the book brings on relationships. Don’t get me wrong, I love those happy, sappy books but it’s just something about a ‘disaster’ relationship that I just love to read about. Again, it’s the realness factor those kinds of books bring, and Walking Disaster brings that.
"Maybe it was just me. Maybe it was just me an her. Maybe together we were this volatile entity that would either implode or meld together."
From the prologue Jamie really sets you up for the book and allows you to get a glimpse of just how Travis became, well, Travis. As I said earlier, being inside Travis’ head is amazing, and quite an experience. I really got to see him before and the progress to who he is now. You get to see just why Abby challenged him, why she shook his world. Because of that, you get to understand and feel his emotions. However, he did make me want to bash his head in at times. He’s a very extreme character, so when reading, I had to keep that in mind.
From the first time he meets Abby to every event he goes through to get her; you slowly see and understand him. And of course, fall more in love. I’m very proud of the changes Travis goes through and the man he was at the end of the book, he really is a different kind of character.
Now, Abby, she’s quite the girl. In Beautiful Disaster, she did get on my nerves a bit, and, to be honest, she did in Walking Disaster. That didn't make me not like her character; I did enjoy her, and find her to be a very stubborn but strong girl. Just thick headed. But seeing her through Travis’ eyes, I did get a better picture of her and to understand why he considered her a ‘pigeon’. All in all, both Abby and Travis are crazy, extreme characters that together, make a dangerous mixture.
Let’s not forget about the other characters. I love me some Shep and America! Oh, and Travis’ dad and brothers. Jamie created a great cast of side characters that work very well with the main characters. Being able to see more of them and, see Travis interact with them, was a nice experience.
'She giggled, and I enjoyed that on-the-top-of-the-world feeling I experienced whenever I made her smile.'
The plot moved at a decent pace, most of the time. However, I did feel that the story was a bit too fast paced in some situations. Also, I got to see different events from Travis that wasn't in the first book. I felt Walking Disaster’s ending was much better than the first books ending.
I loved that raw, messy, kind-of-a-disaster love that is Walking Disaster. It's kind of like a train wreck, you can't help put look, even though you know it'll be messy, and in the end, it's either beautiful or not. With books like this you are taking a chance, I'm glad I did. To me, this book is more real than most. So, if you enjoyed the first book, give this one a try!!