Review | Walking Disaster by @JamieMcGuire_

29 March 2013

Publisher: Atria Books
Pages: 448

Set in the same time-frame as Beautiful Disaster, now we hear the story from Travis' point of view.
Travis lost his mother at a very young age, but before she died she taught him two important rules... Love hard. Fight harder.

Growing up in a family of men who like to gamble and fight, Travis Maddox is a tough guy. Known for his bad reputation with women, and feared for his incredible fighting skills, all the boys want to be him, and the girls simply want him...

Abby Abernathy is the first girl to treat him the way he feels he should be treated, with dislike and disinterest. It is her lack of interest that sparks his determination to win her round.

Will the invincible Travis 'Mad Dog' Maddox be defeated by a girl?

About six months ago I picked up a book called Beautiful Disaster, I had seen it being reading by many of my fellow readers and it was rec'ed to me by everyone. I thought to myself, okay I'll give it a go and I read it in two days. I couldn't put it down.

Beautiful Disaster was told in Abby Abernathy's POV and detailing her and Travis' intense love story as I read it my constant thought was I just wanted to get into Travis' head and then I was told about Walking Disaster. I have never pre ordered a book so quickly. I've been waiting slightly impatiently for April and then I was kindly given an ARC by Atria Books on meaning I got to read it a week before it came out on general release. You could say I was a little excited...

As the summary says Walking Disaster follows the exact same timeline as Beautiful Disaster. Travis and Abby meet, Travis can't keep away from her or she from him and we get to see this story through his eyes. You really realise reading this just how much of a big softy Travis Maddox is under his hard guy image. He has a heart of gold under that hard skin of his. I loved getting to see him with his dad and brothers, whenever they were together my heartstrings tugged and I just wanted to hug them all. Then there's his relationship with Shepley, his cousin, which was equally awesome.

One of the reasons I wanted to read this so much was because I really wanted to see what exactly Travis was thinking when he pulled some of the crap he does. Having seen his thought process I can understand the actions that, when reading from Abby's POV, made me stop and think: Travis, why are you making this SO HARD?! He has his reasons and in some cases they are really sweet just as they are equally twisted at times but you forgive him. That's the thing with Travis, at times you want to hate him, you want to punch and kick and scream at him but you can't. Every bad quality he has is outweighed by something else. He really is truly impossible not to love. You can really see why Abby has a tough time kicking him to the kerb when she really should have.

I will say something about this book, prepare yourself to have your heart broken. The break up is even more painful in Trav's POV. I was sat there reading it crying my eyes out on a very busy commuter train (I kid you not, I got some funny looks!). Then there's the aftermath of Thanksgiving, that moment after he drops Abby at home, there is one thought of his after he walks back into his dad's house that killed me. You really see how much family means to him, they are his rock, his guidance and the ones he can't live without. Family is his world and he fiercely protects them all, Abby included. You screw with any of them and you screw with him.

I really can't fault this book, I adored every moment of it, I loved getting into Travis's head and the epilogue made me smile. It was so fitting and total perfection. If you've read Beautiful Disaster I would recommend you read this but do something a little different to what I did, re-read Walking Disaster first. I think it'll really help because at times I kept opening up Beautiful Disaster to compare the scenes. Equally, if you haven't read it I recommend you read Beautiful Disaster before reading this. Beautiful Disaster really develops the love story between these two and you need to read it first to truly appreciate Walking Disaster.

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