Review: Walking Disaster by Jamie McGuire

walking disasterWalking Disaster
Author: Jamie McGuire
Publisher: Atria
Age Group: New Adult
Source: Publisher through Netgalley
Good Reads  |  Amazon
Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

Summary from GoodReads:

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.

My Thoughts

Ya’ll, this book is crazy!  When I read Beautiful Disaster last year, I had mixed feelings about it.  There were a number of things that I wasn’t a huge fan of, but at the same time I couldn’t put the book down.  When I first heard about Walking Disaster (the same story as Beautiful Disaster told from Travis’ POV) I knew I wanted to read it.  Sure, I thought BD was all over the place, but Travis was such an interesting character.  I really wanted to know what was going through his mind.  But holy cow, you guys, he’s just as cray-cray as he appeared in BD!

Where BD was told from Abby’s POV, we did get to see a lot of other characters.  In Walking Disaster, it’s pretty much all Travis.  Even Abby isn’t in the story a lot.  I mean, she is, but it’s really all about Travis’s thoughts.

I can’t even begin to describe Travis.  I mean, his emotions are just all up or all down.  And man, can he (excuse my language here but it’s the perfect word for it) fuck things up.  I was a bit uncomfortable with how Travis dealt with things in BD, but reading about his anger issues in Walking Disaster made me more uncomfortable.  The more I got into the story, the more I wanted to scream at Travis to “grow the EFF up!”  Sometimes he acts like a three year old.  But, even though I think he is a bit off his rocker, I still kind of liked him.  I think it’s because it’s so obvious how much he loves and is devoted to Abby.

I will say that I definitely recommend you read BD first.  Even though this isn’t a sequel, some parts will be much clearer if you’ve read BD first.  Walking Disaster isn’t filled with the exact same scenes from BD told in Travis’s voice.  There are lots of other scenes here, so in a way, it feels like s different story.  But some things that moved BD along aren’t explained fully in Walking Disaster, so it might be a bit confusing without having read BD.

I do have to say that I did not really care for the epilogue.  Really, that’s the occupation Travis went into?  And all the secrecy around it, I mean lots of people do this job and don’t hide it.  I think it would have been better without the epilogue.  It was also a bit cheesy.

But, even though I’m complaining about lots of stuff, I still couldn’t put Walking Disaster down.  I spent nearly the whole day just reading it.  I think if you’ve read BD and enjoyed it, you will like Walking Disaster.  It’s filled with intense emotions, and lots of drama, and let’s face it – sometimes that’s just what the doctor ordered.

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About Quinn

I'm a twenty-something children's librarian at a public library in Central New York. I've long left my teen years behind me, but I love to read YA and children's books. I have two adorable dogs. Ginger is a mix between a poodle and havanese, and Daphne is Bichon Frise. Other things I love: Favorite Movie: Singing in the Rain Favorite Book: Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen Favorite TV Show: Monk
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3 Responses to Review: Walking Disaster by Jamie McGuire

  1. Danielle says:

    I still have to read BD and I have a review copy of WD waiting for me so I need to just put my big girl panties on and get them read! I’ve heard so many differing views on them, I feel under pressure over how I should react which is so lame I know.

  2. I had mixed feelings as well on BD so I have been reluctant to pick this one up! Did you feel that it made Travis more understandable hearing his thoughts on events? I was just curious if made you soften or harden against the character?

  3. Pingback: Book Review: Walking Disaster by Jamie McGuire | Sharon's Book Nook!

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