Saturday, April 27, 2013

Review: Walking Disaster by Jamie McGuire

5 Star Review by Dawn

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


Our Review

When Beautiful Disaster ended, I was a wreck. I just needed more Abby and Travis. More America. More Shepley. Thank goodness Jamie McGuire understood the longing that took root in her fans, and gave us the best darn male POV I have read to date.
 If you can make it through the gut wrenching Prologue, you will make it through the book. Walking Disaster was flawlessly executed. Jamie took scenes from Beautiful Disaster and filtered them throughTravis's point of view in such a way that you understood the struggle  and reasoning behind his every thought and action. This is no small feat, since let's face it, Travis is a hot headed, impetuous guy on his best day. Yet, when I read why he did what he did (even why he brought two girls home to his house when he was clearly falling for Pidge) I GOT IT (I know, I can't believe it either). I was able to really understand what it was about Abby, and Abby alone, that he needed. The privates scenes between Travis and his father made me mist up more than a few times.

I always wondered why Abby did not leave the casino and go to a different one when her ex-boyfriend showed up. Walking Disaster cleared that up for me. Lingering questions were answered, new scenes were added to add new depth to an already great story. Jamie seems to "get" the male point of view in a way that boggles my mind.
I felt so much during this read. Jamie is a master at sucking you right back into college, no matter what age you are.
The only reason I even got through all the emotions that swirled around me during this read is I kept telling myself, "You KNOW how it ends! Put your big girl panties on and finish...." The best part, was I DIDN'T know how it ended because the Epilogue blew me away. It was just the best; a cherry on top of my Travis Maddox sundae. If you loved Beautiful Disaster, you will love Walking Disaster more.

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