Title: Walking Disaster
Series: Beautiful (#1 and #2)
Author: Jamie McGuire
Published: April 2nd, 2012 by Atria Books
Publishers Synopsis: 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..
**NOTE:** An eBook of this title was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review. However, that did now influence this review in any way.
Amy, Jag and Celeste put Walking Disaster on our top shelf!
Now.. Before we begin, let's… take…….. "Our Travis" *stares* Wait. What?! GAH! *le sigh*
HURRY! First thing that comes to mind after hearing the name Travis Maddox?
Amy: Complicated and Beautiful.
Celeste: Sexy beast.
Jag: Dangerous, sexy, perfectly flawed.
There’s specific reasoning behind Travis’s reckless ways (well, until he meets Abby)… now knowing this, has your perception of Travis changed?
“I decided a long time ago I would feed on the vultures until a dove came along. A pigeon. The kind of soul that didn’t impede on anyone; just walked around worrying about its own business, trying to get through life without pulling everyone else down. With its own needs and selfish habits. Brave. A communicator. Intelligent. Beautiful. Soft-spoken. A creature that mates for life. Unattainable until she has a reason to trust you…”
Amy: We learn in Beautiful Disaster that he definitely has some darkness that clouded his past.. issues he’s constantly trying to suppress.. but it’s not until Walking Disaster that we’re able to fully grasp why Travis is, well, Travis. Some of his actions throughout the story are literally cringe-worthy! and some are just completely heart breaking. But, after a glimpse into his mind and seeing the person he truly is inside, how can you possibly judge someone like that, and label them as “bad”? You can’t. There’s a quote I thought of when I was reading this book and I couldn’t say it better if I tried.. “People are more what they hide than what they show.” Travis only showed what HE wanted people to see. The real Travis lay right beneath the surface, waiting for that one and only person that could pull him from his shell. He was waiting for Abby..
Celeste: Absolutely. I liked him in Beautiful Disaster, but for me this book just explained it all. I know some people didn’t like him, but maybe if they read Walking Disaster and had the chance to get into his head they would see what a tortured, but good person he was.
Jag: The more I learned about Travis in this book, the more I loved him. He’s dealt with some tough circumstances in his past (vague much) and that’s real, that happens in real life. I love how he’s troubled and flawed and genuine.
Travis’s father and brothers played a more prominent role in this book.. Any thoughts on his family?
Amy: Is there a sign up list for dinner with the Maddox guys?
No seriously, where it is? The interaction between Abby and Travis’s family and Travis was really great. The awe of having a woman in the house for the first time in a very long time made me sad but at the same time made me love all of them even more. Each one of them grieved for their mom separately and in their own ways but the strength of their family bond always prevailed.. just like she would of wanted it to. Jamie really created a majorly awesome cast of characters. Maybe if we’re lucky, we’ll get to learn more deets about the Maddox brothers in other books! *fingers crossed* *cheesywink*
Celeste: I loved his family because they were just so real. Travis didn’t blame anyone in his family for their actions, he didn’t hold any grudges. He realized that every single one of them dealt with the mom’s death in their own way. In the end they were fiercely loyal, and how could I not love them for that?
Jag: Travis’s family is solid and bullshit free, I love that. They’re all so different but they’re family and nothing will change that or get in the way of that. They love each other and it’s without conditions.. and I kinda have a crush on Trenton
Everyone that has read Beautiful Disaster, knows how fiercely loving and devoted Travis is to Abby.. It’s conveyed even more so in Walking Disaster. Thoughts on that? Does being in love justify his obsessiveness and possessiveness with Abby?
Amy: I think there was one point in the book when I wanted to actually pretend I was Abby and strangle myself. Yeah, that’s how crazy frustrated she made me.. But, I guess when you find the person in life that completes you, the one that sets you free, you tolerate a lot of nonsense and genuine stupidity like Travis did with Abby because it just wasn’t worth losing her forever over. I get the reasoning behind Abby and her mind games. I hated her a little bit for being so dense. And yes, Travis had his dense moments too, but he never questioned his feelings for Abby. Never. Every action had direction in the book and had it not, the story may not have developed into what it did.. pure awesomeness.
Celeste: I actually liked Abby even less in this book. In Travis’s eyes she is a victim too. He honestly saw the best in her even when she was the one playing the mind games – he always gave her the benefit of the doubt.
“I know you deserve better than me. You think I don’t know that? But if there was any woman made for me… it’s you. I’ll do whatever I have to do, Pidge. Do you hear me? I’ll do anything.”
Jag: I think I realized even more so in this book, that Travis really put himself out there for Abby. So many times he let her know how he felt and so many times she just didn’t get it. It was frustrating, definitely, Abby was more frustrating in this book. I was also really surprised that Travis didn’t have sex on the brain, I really expected 24/7 dirty thoughts, but he surprised me, he was more than that.
Amy: That the story ended?
Celeste: Um, not really. Is that ok?
Jag: honestly no, but like Amy wrote, I’m sad it’s over because I’m not ready to let these characters go.
We all know the brilliance that these books hold within their bindings, but considering what we’ve read and the emotional roller coaster we all went on that picks you up in happy town and drops you off at holy heart clench city a couple
million dozen times, what would you say to someone on the fence about reading Beautiful and Walking Disaster?
Amy: It goes without saying, this book won’t be for everyone. It might be too much, or maybe not enough.. And we respect that. Everyone has such different views and opinions and taste.. but if I were the said person trying to convince you to read these books, I’d tell you to give them a chance solely on experiencing Jamie McGuire’s crazy fantastic writing! Authors that have the ability to make you so happy one minute, make you contemplate throwing your beloved Kindle the next and top it all off with moments of thinking your heart is actually breaking is epic and I don’t really care what the subject matter is, you read that damn book no matter what! (Lol)
GAH! JUST READ IT!
Celeste: Well, some of the visuals other people pick are just not the visuals I have for Travis. Like AT. ALL. Yes, the scum bag ones. I have someone else in mind. Once a reader gets on board that he is just not that scuzzy, they can see what a tortured soul he is and just get on that roller coaster and love him all over.
Jag: I almost didn’t read these book because of some of the reviews out there and I’m kicking myself for waiting so long. You’ll never know until you give them a chance. If you love bad boys, angst and twists and turns, then you need to give these books a go. Oh and the epilogue is well, epic!
Amy: I’m still waiting for someone to answer me about dinner with the Maddox guys.. Anyone? Bueller? Fine. I LOVE this book. I LOVE Travis and his complexity. Highly, highly recommend these books!
Celeste: Read these books. If you don’t think you like Travis—–> you are oh-so-very-wrong and need to keep reading. You will love him, I swear. Travis is such a good person you will love him forever and ever and ever and ever. Amen.
Jag: I have Beautiful Disaster in hard-copy signed, on audio book and on my kindle… I LOVE these books, LOVE, like LOVE LOVE. That is all.