22 November 2015

From the Archives - Walking Disaster

What they say: 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.
What I say: Like SO many others I really enjoyed Beautiful Disaster and found myself quickly engrossed in the complicated relationship between Abby 'Pigeon' Abernathy and Travis 'Mad dog' Maddox. For the purpose of this review I'm going to presume you're familiar with Abby and Travis's story from book #1.
The only problem I really had with book #1 was how Abby treated Travis. I felt she messed him around too much and didn't give him enough credit for trying to change. I also found her a bit whiny at times, but I still enjoyed their story in Beautiful Disaster. I was extremely excited when I discovered that Jamie McGuire had retold the whole story from Travis's POV. 
Thankfully in Walking Disaster McGuire has totally delivered! Not only do we get the scenes from book #1 Travis style, but McGuire also added lots of brand new scenes. I felt this helped to gain a much better understanding of Travis.
At times it was heart-breaking to see how unhappy Travis was and his almost obsessive love for Abby. Seeing certain scenes from Travis's POV made me want to harm Abby, until I remembered a lot of her actions were as a result of her awful father. Travis isn't completely innocent though; he baits Abby, almost stalks her and totally overreacts a lot of the time. These extreme emotions are totally alien to him and he has absolutely no idea how to handle them.
I had forgotten how much they squabble, and how long Abby makes Travis wait. I loved how dysfunctional and beautiful they were together, and how in the long run, they both wanted the same thing. A great story and a real treat to have a whole book in the guy's POV!

4 Stars in my Sky!

My fav non-spoilery quotes:
  • "You Travis Maddox, are kinda sexy when you're not being a whore."
  • "Abby, She's a pigeon. A demonic pigeon that f**ks with my head so bad I can't think straight."
  • Did women deserve to be treated like sluts? No. Did sluts deserve to be treated like sluts? Yes. I was a slut.

Review originally posted here on July 2013!


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