I would first like to start off by saying THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU to Simon and Schuster Publishing and Atria books for picking me and my little ol' blog to read an ARC of Walking Disaster, you guys made my day, week, month, year...LIFE!! NO really, you guys rock my face off and I was so honored to get this privilege!
Ok Back to business..
Here is the description from Amazon:
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.
HOLY HOT COVER!.. I seriously want to lick that butterfly...oh YUM-FesT!!
This is the second installment of Beautiful Disaster, also written by the talented Jamie McGuire but told from Travis Maddox's POV. You will have to read Beautiful Disaster before reading this one. A lot of people are mad because Jamie McGuire didn't write another book she just wrote the same book told in a different view and some did not want to read the second one when they already know what happened from the first book.
Let me put your hesitations to rest and let you know that you WILL want to be inside Travis' head.
I just spent two days being inside the mind of Travis Maddox and it was AMAZING. The two books ARE NOT completely the same, yeah a lot of the dialogue between Abby and Travis are the same, but Travis had his own life outside of Abby and you get to see what he thought about everything and fall in love with the story all over again, I know I did!!
This book started off with Travis' memory of when he lost his mom. This sets the mindset of the book and you begin to understand the boy inside the man that is
I LOVED/ADORED this book, I think I even loved it more than the first one. We get to see why Travis did the things he did, saw the love from him and his family, and how amazing they are through his eyes. There were a couple scenes that brought tears to my eyes from the amount of love that was between Travis and his father. When I first read Beautiful Disaster I never understood the family dynamics between Travis, his brothers, and his dad. I thought they all just beat the crap out of each other and his dad was just a mean drunk until they had Thanksgiving dinner in Beautiful Disaster, then I was even more confused. Walking Disaster finally settled that for me and I was in awe of all of them. I was in love even more with Travis and loved his family just as much!
So glad Jamie McGuire is writing about his brothers now, I will definitely be getting those as well!!
Travis and Abby's relationship was still just as dramatic as the first book, you are still frustrated with both of them but this time you get to see what Travis was thinking the whole time and every scene that Travis was fighting for Abby in Beautiful Disaster, you get to see exactly what was going through his mind during it. You get more of an insight on his feelings for her and you will love/swoon all over him after reading it.
There are some new twists that McGuire threw in there and they were unexpected but awesome! I can't tell you what they are of course, but they just add to the magic of this story!
Not only did I get to love Travis and Abby again, I got to fall in love with the other characters as well. Shep and America were a lot more prominent in Travis' life than I originally thought and it was a pleasant surprise.
BUT.. The best part about this book was the EPILOGUE!!
Yes, ladies and gentlemen, you get an EPILOGUE and it is beyond words how amazing it is. Everything is brought full circle and it ended beautifully!
I Laughed, I cried, I re-lived one of my favorite books through Travis' eyes and I am in complete love/awe with this book.
location 750 of ARC:
"Nah. I'm going to see if I can get Abby on the back of my bike again. it's the closest I can get to the inside of her thighs"
location 2379 of ARC:
"Please come back," I said quietly. She couldn't hear me but it didn't stop me from wishing she would come and save me from the terrible pain I felt without her there."
location 4349 of ARC:
"I wonder what mom would say if she were here", I said. Dad pulled back, his eyes wet with happy tears, "She'd say...." ;)
I give it a 5/5 and if you haven't already, you need to PRE-ORDER it! Here is the link to Amazon for it:
Wanted to have a little FUN with all of you soooo...
If I were to cast Travis and Abby in Beautiful Disaster here are the people I would cast:
If only Justin was a little younger he would be PERFECT but I'm going to cast him any way because he looks HOT in this picture ;)
Jennifer Lawerence, just because I LOVE HER!