Friday, April 12, 2013

Book Review: Walking Disaster (Beautiful #2) by: Jamie McGuire

Release Date: April 2, 2013 from Atria Books
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Source: I received a copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.
"How much is too much to love?
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. Just when he thought he was invincible, Abby Abernathy brings him to his knees.

Every story has two sides. In Jamie McGuire's New York Times bestseller Beautiful Disaster Abby had her say. Now it's time to see the story through Travis's eyes."

My Thoughts:

Let me start off by saying that I absolutely adored Beautiful Disaster. The characters drove me bonkers and I wanted to rip my hair out, but I absolutely loved the story. So naturally when I found out we were getting the story from Travis’ POV, I was incredibly excited and I had very high expectations for this book. Sadly Walking Disaster did not live up to those expectations. It was still a good read and I enjoyed it, but I didn’t head over heels love it like I did Beautiful Disaster

Let me start with Abby. I think I may hate her. I was not her biggest fan in Beautiful Disaster. Everyone complained about Travis, but I was of the belief that Abby was the worse of the two. Well in Walking Disaster she really made me crazy. Reading from Travis’ POV, you could really tell how much she screwed with his emotions. He never knew whether she was coming or going. I kept wondering why he put up with her nonsense, because she really messed him up. 

Then we have Travis, who I absolutely adored in Beautiful Disaster. I know lots of people dislike him, but I saw a broken guy with a big heart and I loved him. Then I read Walking Disaster and sadly I was a bit disenchanted by him. I guess getting inside his head and seeing past his defenses ruined him a bit for me. He was very whiny. He literally broke down when Abby was gone, worse than any heroine I have ever read about. I get that he was hurting, but I guess I didn’t expect The Travis Maddox to react the way he did. 

Oh I need to take some time to mention America, because I truly hate her. I’m pretty sure I’m supposed to, but oh gosh do I hate her. I got that she was sticking up for Abby, but I found her to be very mean. 

With all of that being said, I did like seeing things from another perspective. It was interesting to know how Travis reacted to certain events and I enjoyed reading my favorite parts of Beautiful Disaster from his POV and seeing what made him act the way he did. I particularly enjoyed a certain Valentine’s Day party toast. I also absolutely loved the epilogue. It really gave an added bit of closure to their story and erased any doubts the reader may have had concerning their relationship at the end of Beautiful Disaster. It was worth it to read Walking Disaster just for that epilogue. 

All in all, Walking Disaster was a very enjoyable read. It is interesting to get inside Travis’ head and I did like learning what made him tick. I just wish it met up to my expectations, but then again sometimes having high expectations can kill a book and that may be the case here.


  1. I'm sorry that the book didn't live up to your expectations, I always hate when that happens :( But you are right, it was still an enjoyable read! Now, I'm with you on Abby, I don't hate her per say, but she is annoying and well, that girl can be so emotionally confused!!!

    With Travis, I think I just enjoyed being in a guys head. Lol but He did seem so whiny when Abby would do something stupid. But I didn't get that disenchanted. :/

    I also felt that epilogue was pretty awesome. Best part, to me, in the book, lol.

    Love this review girl! Sorry it didn't meet your expectations :( I hate when that happens.

    *Muggle Huggles*

    Magen Corrie

    1. I loved the epilogue! I'm kinda upset that I didnt love it, I feel like I should... but I cant *sigh*

  2. I'm still back and forth about if I want to start this series. I have read a fair amount of mixed reviews. I enjoyed your review though and thought it was very honest. I also love your blog and am your newest follower :)

    ~ Delia
    Wolf Majick Reviews

  3. It seems like a lot of high, high expectations weren't quite met w/Walking Disaster. I'm glad that you liked it despite not being blown away. Great review, Teresa!

  4. I wasn't a big fan of this one. I loved BD, but I stopped at 60% through with WD. I felt like the writing was choppy, and for some reason, I couldn't connect with Travis and Abby like I did in BD. It was just too much for me. I would have liked to just see a few scenes from Travis's POV, instead of an entire book.


    1. Yes! I would have liked select scenes from him. It was just too much the same, I wanted some of it to be different scenes that happened in BD that we couldnt see from Abby's POV.

  5. Glad the story was good, and the plot was awesome even if the characters were frustrating.
    Brandi @ Blkosiner’s Book Blog

  6. Aw, I'm sorry this book didn't live up to your expectations, I know you were dying to read it and so excited. I still have to check out the 1st book, lol, but I guess I'll pass on this one. Oh no, no whiny guys for me, please! Great review!

    Confessions of a Vi3tBabe
    Deity Island

  7. I was really looking forward to this one, too! I had a complete love hate relationship with book one, but I was super excited to get inside Travis' head!
    I'm sad this wasn't what you expected, cause I know how much you were looking forward to it!
    I think I'll still give this a go, but I'll more than likely wait until I have nothing more pressing to read!
    Great review, honey! =D

    1. It is worth it just for the epilogue I think, but be prepared to see a very different travis

  8. I've seen quite a few reviews of Walking Disaster where it seems it didn't quite meet readers' expectations. I'm glad you enjoyed it despite it not being everything you wanted it to be, Teresa. I'll get around to reading it someday! :)

  9. So sad that this one didn't meet expectations. I adored Travis in the first book and I just don't want anything to tarnish the image I have of him in my head. I am, however, extremely curious about that epilogue. Thank you for the beautifully written and honest review. <3


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