Double Review: Walking Disaster

Posted April 2nd, 2013 by in Uncategorized / 11 comments

walking disasterTitle: Walking Disaster
Author: Jamie McGuire
Publisher: Atria Books
Publication Date: April 2013
Classification: New Adult Novel

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.

Our Thoughts:

Opening Thoughts:

Alexa: After I read Beautiful Disaster I knew I had read something great but I wasn’t completely taken with it. My main problem with Beautiful Disaster was the fact that Travis didn’t really seem to have a valid reason for being so pissed off with the world. I needed to read this book to see if I could understand Travis better.

Bianca: I absolutely loved Beautiful Disaster. I was obsessed from the first page and spent all night reading it. I gushed about it in my review and then to anyone close to me that would listen. I’m still trying to get my sister to hurry up and read it. Anyways, when I found out Jamie McGuire was writing Travis’s POV I was like “Please just give it to me now! I can not wait for this!!!” To say I was super excited to start Walking Disaster would be an understatement.

What We Liked:

Alexa: Personally it was really interesting to see Travis’ side of the story. His thought processes are so different then I thought they would be and I was literally melting for him this time around. The way Travis views life and the people he decides to let in are one of a kind. He believes that you earn the amount of respect that you want in life, if you go around acting like a slut he will treat you like one as he kicks you out of his apartment right after he “bagged” you. Travis might follow weird rules and do weird things to live his life but I had to agree with his choices. In life you have to be everything you want to be and not expect to be treated differently if you act like a slut, whore, bitch, clown, goof, nerd, or bookworm. Who you are helps to dictate how you are treated and I loved that Travis viewed people in this way. I enjoyed learning things about him and a little more about his older brothers. Plus Travis really broke my heart a few times in this book because I was actually tearing up when he wanted Abby back so bad but couldn’t seem to find a way to have her. I was right there with Travis going through all of the emotions with him. I didn’t feel this connected to the relationship when I read Beautiful Disaster, this book helped to fill in some of the missing emotions I had when reading Beautiful Disaster.

Bianca: I loved getting to read about what was going on in Travis’ head this time around. I mean it was obvious to me how much Travis cared for Abby in Beautiful Disaster but there was no way of knowing what he was thinking when he would do certain things or how he would feel after. Getting inside his head I was able to understand more things and I loved him even more. All the moments that broke my heart in the first one felt worse experiencing them from Travis’ POV. Being inside his head as he falls for Abby, as he fears losing her, when he knows he has fucked up and tries to fix things, just all of it was great. I also really enjoyed the epilogue but I obviously can’t get into that. 

What We Didn’t Like:

Alexa: As much as I just said I really feel I understand Travis better now I also really don’t think he should have been shown as a tortured hero in the first book. I get his mom died and that is terrible and he had to be raised by a group of brothers who always started fights with him. However, many people lose parents or have siblings they don’t get along with and they don’t end up the way Travis did. I understand he was looking for that special girl but I feel his actions were a bit abrasive from his mom dying when he was little. The other complaint I have is that since this is the same story but redone to show Travis’ point of view a bunch of the storyline and conversations were just repeated. I appreciate seeing things through Travis because it helped me to connect with him more than ever but the storyline can be skimmed for the most part since the reader already knows what will happen from reading the same events in the first book.

Bianca:  Like I said I loved that I got to read the story I had already fallen in love with through Travis’ POV. I still loved the characters and I don’t like the story any less but I just wasn’t as smitten overall as I was the first time. With Beautiful Disaster it was all new to me so my emotions went haywire. I didn’t know what was coming and I devoured it wanting to know how it would all end. With Walking Disaster I already knew what was going to happen and because of that it just wasn’t as exciting for me as the first one.


Alexa: I’m really glad that I read this book. It offered some really great insight to Travis that I couldn’t live without. As much as I had little issues with both Beautiful Disaster and again with Walking Disaster I do have to say the series is addicting. I read Walking Disaster in 3 days so I was pretty glued to what was going on even though much was a repeat of Beautiful Disaster. I heard that there were going to be more books coming in this series in order for Travis’ brothers to get a shot at love, I hope that is true because I really want to see the other stubborn guys fall in love. The Maddox men may be crazy but they are a brand of crazy I can’t seem to keep away from.

Bianca: Overall, YAY!! for this book. Like I said it was great getting inside Travis’ head and it made me love him even more. Yes, I wasn’t as excited about everything as much I was with the first one but it still had me aww-ing and tearing up. Really knowing how Travis’ felt hit me hard. I’m still in love with the story and now that Alexa has informed me that there might be more books with Travis’ brothers I am even more excited! I would love to know more about those guys. I am so not ready to let any of these characters go so please give me more 🙂

*Just have to share this as well Stay by Rihanna ft. Mikky Ekko. Love this song and felt like it played a lot on the radio to and from campus (got a lot of my reading done in the car). I loved it before I started Walking Disaster but the more I listened to it as I read the more perfect I thought the song was for it.


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11 Responses to “Double Review: Walking Disaster”

  1. Andrea @ The Bookish Babe

    I only recently read Beautiful Disaster, and though it wasn’t the perfect story, it was so passionate that I loved it. I do want to read this at some point, but I am suuuuper excited for the other Maddox brothers to get their books!
    Great review, ladies!

  2. Rebecca @ Vicariously!

    Amazing review ladies! I do have an issue with one thing….calling a girl a ‘slut’ because you slept with her or she’s promiscuous? That’s not okay. I remember Alexa sending me an email and I agreed with every word she said about respecting yourself and waiting for the right time. It’s sad that a lot of men disregard or disrespect woman just because they have sex. If you go into the whole affair and make your intentions known…I think that people should know that’s what the act is going to be. However sex is not a preamble or particularly great beginning for a relationship. Sorry for preaching 🙁 I really need to read these books though. You sold them to me. I wish on ebook sites or even in stores that you could refer the book blogger that turned you onto the book so you guys would get credit for your incredible reviews. See you around. You ladies are incredible and amazing!

    • Bianca

      Hey! Thanks for stopping by. I agree it is wrong to call someone a slut just because they slept with someone maybe they just like sex, nothing wrong with that. There is a difference though between someone that knows they like sex and are just having it because of that and have no expectations later then those who hook up with someone after one night and expect more to come out of it. They need to be realistic. They can’t act like it means nothing then expect the other person to respond as if it was more. Hey something may come of it but chances are the other person was just looking to have a good time and that’s it. It is what it is. Your not preaching lol. Started a little discussion 😀

      Hope you like them. Thanks so much <3

  3. Amy @ bookgoonie

    I am so not in the know. I need to pick up book 1. Loved reading your likes & dislikes. Sounds like my preferences waver between you both. I’ll probably been a page flipper like Bianca not wanting to put it down BUT get a bit annoyed at the lack of… like Alexia.

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