Monday, June 10, 2013

Review of Walking Disaster, by Jamie McGuire




Walking Disaster (Beautiful, #2)
Title: Walking Disaster
Series: Beautiful #2
Author: Jamie McGuire
Publisher: Atria Books
Release Date: April 2, 2013
Source: Netgalley/Publisher
Purchase: Amazon/The Book Depository

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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.




Beautiful Disaster, the first novel in this series, took me completely by surprise. 

Though I normally don't, I did check out the reviews for the first novel. There was certainly a lot of passion in those readers that didn't like it and those that loved it. The negative reviews made me very curious to read it, and the positive, anxious to get started. And I ended up really liking it.  Not because I am attracted to dysfunctional bad boys that fly off the handle, or 'bag' every chick that walks by and smiles, but because Travis Maddox fascinated me.  I wanted to know what made him tick. What made him angry. What made him so desperate for Abby's love and acceptance.

When I realized that Walking Disaster was told from Travis' perspective, I was excited to get into Travis' head.

You would think that the same story, even retold from a different POV would be boring. But Walking Disaster was far from that.  Seeing it unfold through Travis' eyes was fascinating.  This broken boy grew into a broken man; angry at the unfairness of losing his mother at an early age.  His assholish ways were really due to his fear of being abandoned by another woman that he loves.  

Once he fell for Abby, he couldn't help but mess things up over and over again. His desperation was sadly evident every time that he got destructive, threw a tantrum, got dramatically depressed and emotional. His cousin sure had a lot to deal with, and it's amazing that he stood by Travis through and through.


Travis just didn't know how to deal.

But he does grow in this story, I think.  He does understand what love means.  And though it goes against his own nature, he does eventually puts his needs last in the end for the woman that he loves, and forces himself to wait for Abby to be the one to decide what will happen next.  Even if it means he will  no longer be in the picture.  Even if it means he will lose her forever. 

There have been a few memorable male characters that have stayed with me for years.  Book boy crushes if you will.  Travis is not one of those 'crushes' but he will stay with me.  He was a flawed guy that made mistakes.  A guy that was lucky enough to meet a girl that saw through those flaws and found him worth loving. And through her eyes, and those of his family, he finally realized his own worth too.



About the Author:

Jamie McGuire was born in Tulsa, OK. She was raised by her mother Brenda in Blackwell, OK, where she graduated high school in 1997. Jamie attended the Northern Oklahoma College, the University of Central Oklahoma, and Autry Technology Center where she graduated with a degree in Radiography.

Jamie now lives in Enid, OK with her three children and husband Jeff, who is a real, live cowboy. They share their 30 acres with four horses, four dogs, and Rooster the cat.

Books published by Jamie include the Providence trilogy, and The New York Times best seller Beautiful Disaster, a contemporary romance. When she’s not writing, Jamie spends her days letting her four dogs in and out.

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