Saturday, March 23, 2013

Review: Walking Disaster by Jamie McGuire

Walking Disaster (Beautiful #2)
by Jamie McGuire
Publication Date:  April 2, 2013
Publisher:  Atria Books
Source:  Publisher/NetGalley
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:  I completely and totally fell in love with Travis Maddox in Beautiful Disaster, and didn't think it could get any better than that until I was able to get into his mind and emotions in Walking Disaster.  If  you haven't read Beautiful Disaster, make sure you do that first before picking this one up, or you won't be able to appreciate it as much.  Walking Disaster is Travis' side of the story, and no, it isn't like you're reading the same book again.....far from it.  Some of the same events are referenced, but Jamie McGuire has written the book in such a way that it is truly like reading the story afresh and anew.  I loved Beautiful Disaster and I loved getting to know Abby and experience the story from her point of view, but there was just something extra special about getting to see things from Travis' side.  

If you were one of those who were skeptical or didn't like Travis in Beautiful Disaster, then you might want consider giving Walking Disaster another chance, because you will get to connect with Travis and understand him and the things he did and does so much better, and you just can't help but love him, or at least I couldn't.  Is Travis messed up?  Yes he is.  Does he have anger issues?  Yes he does.  Is he emotionally unstable?  He can be.  Does he maybe have a bit of a codependency problem regarding Abby going on?  Absolutely.  

Travis started out as a precious and broken little boy who grew up the youngest in a house full of men, channeling his hurt, his anger, his abandonment issues, his loss, and his fear the best way he knew how, and it was far from perfect, but perfect isn't always that great anyway.  Jamie McGuire couldn't have named this book any better, because that is exactly what Travis was, a Walking Disaster, but oh was he also a beautiful one.  I loved Travis and Abby's story.  I love the raw emotions, the undeniable chemistry between them, and the love that can't keep them apart.  As a matter of fact, the prologue and epilogue of this book were probably the best parts and I would totally buy it for just those two things alone.  Well done Jamie McGuire, well done.  

Favorite Quotes

"One of these days you're going to fall in love, son.  Don't settle for just anyone.  Choose the girl that doesn't come easy; the one you have to fight for, and then never stop fighting.  Never" - she took a deep breath - "stop fighting for what you want.  And never" - "forget that Mommy loves you.  Even if you can't see me."

“I looked at Mommy but quickly shook my head. "I don't want to miss her."
Becky put her soft, warm hand on my shoulder, just like Mommy used to when I was upset. "Your mom wants to be here with you. She wants that very much. But Jesus wants her with him right now."
I frowned. "I need her more than Jesus does.” 

"F**king vultures.  They could wait you out for hours.  Days.  Nights too.  Staring right at you, picking through which parts of you that will pull away first..... What they don't know, what they've never anticipated, is that the prey is faking.  It's the vultures that are easy....That's when you bring in the secret weapon:  An utter lack of respect for the status quo; a refusal to give into the order of things.  That's when you shock them with how much you just don't give a f**k....Leaving emotion at the door, and replacing it with numbness, or anger - which was much easier to control - Letting yourself feel made you vulnerable. I tried to explain this error to my brothers, my cousins, my friends, I was met with skepticism....I couldn't understand it.  The women that were worth that kind of heartbreak wouldn't let you fall for them so easy.  They wouldn't bend over your couch, or allow you to charm them into their bedroom on the first night - or even the tenth....I decided a long time ago that I would feed on the vultures until a dove came along.  A pigeon.  The kind of soul that doesn't impede on anyone; just walked around worrying about is own business, trying to get through life without pulling everyone else down with its own needs and selfish habits.  Brave.  A communicator.  Intelligent.  Beautiful  Soft-spoken.  A creature that mates for life.  Unattainable until she has a reason to trust you..."

“Once she kissed me, my heart slowed, and every muscle in my body relaxed. How much I needed her terrified me."

"...I saw her every time my eyes closed.  Now that she was gone, it was like being stuck in a nightmare."

“Maybe it was just me. Maybe it was just me and her. Maybe together we were this volatile entity that would either implode or meld together.  Either way, it seemed the moment I met her, my life had been turned upside down, and I didn't want it any other way."

You know why I want you?  I didn't know I was lost until you found me.  I didn't know what alone was until the first night I spent without you in my bed.  Your'e the one thing I've got right.  You're what I've been waiting for, Pigeon."

"You can't tell me what to do anymore, Travis!  I don't belong to you!"
Her words ignited a deep anger inside me.  I stomped to the bed, planted my hands on the mattress on each side of her thighs, and leaned into her face.  "Well I belong to you!"  I screamed....."I belong to you...."


"The only thing I'm afraid of is a life without you, Pigeon."


"I need to hear yous say it.  I need to know your're mine."
"I've been yourse since the second we met," she said begging.....
"Say it again."
"I'm yours..."
""Promise me....."
"I love you.  I'll love you forever."  She looked straight into my eyes when she spoke, and it finally clicked that her words weren't just an empty promise."

“I was now in a situation where I didn't have to prove myself, because the one person that fully accepted me, my best friend, was now a permanent fixture in my life."

Check out this awesome interview with Travis, and find out what Jamie McGuire has planned for the future over at The Autumn Review.  

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. 


  1. Awesome review (and photos). I wasn't going to read this because I thought it would just be a recap of Beautiful Disaster. But your review changed my mind.

    1. Thanks. I hope you like it. Some people are loving it and some aren't. I guess it just depends on the person. I really liked it.

  2. I am itching for this to come out because I want to read it so bad. At first I was nervous that Travis was too dependent on Abby and bordering on obsessive. But...I got it in the end. It will be interesting to see his side of it all and then some.

    1. I really liked this because it helped me understand Travis' behavior so much better. I hope you enjoy it to.

  3. I loved all the photos with your review! I really didn't love this one. It was nice getting a look into Travis' head. I agree that the prologue and epilogue were the best.

    1. Thanks. Beautiful Disaster was definitely my favorite, but I really loved this one to. The fact that I love Travis so much probably had something to do with it :).

  4. Oh Ellen! Beautiful review <3 <3 You made me reconsider :P I thought I don't know if I wanted to "re-read" this story again (though I loved it in every single way), but your review? WOW. And the quotes <3 <3 Awww <3

    1. I liked it a lot. I am crazy about Travis. I didn't like it as much as Beautiful Disaster, but it was still good. It seems like some people are really liking and other are not. I hope you enjoy it.

  5. Awesome review! Thanks for sharing the quotes. I'm impatiently waiting on my pre-order.

  6. Awesome, awesome review Ellen.. I loved this even more then Beautiful Disaster. I cannot wait to read about the Maddox Brothers.

    1. Thank you. I am dying to read more about the Maddox Brothers, especially Trent. I am glad you liked this one. I really did to.

  7. Holy crap, Ellen! I've had BD for a year now, and just read it this week. I am so I'm love w/the story and characters. Your review was gorgeous and the pictures & quotes you included made me tear up. I can't wait to read Walking Disaster!

    1. I am so glad you read BD and loved it. I am so in love with Travis. I hope you like Walking Disaster to.

  8. I definitely want to read this! I enjoyed Beautiful Disaster, although it kind of felt like I was watching a train wreck. I mean they were both a little nuts. But Travis is such an interesting character and I want to know what was running through his head. Thanks for the review.

    1. You are right about the train wreck part. They are a mess, and they still are in Walking Disaster. I loved Travis anyway. I hope you enjoy it.

  9. I don't know if I would love the first book but I think it would be worth it just to get to this one. I love being in the guys head!

    1. I think it is one of those books that people either love or hate. I liked it. It will make you want to throw it across the room sometimes though, so I don't know how you will like it.

  10. I want to read this book so bad!!!! Thanks for the awesome review!

    Alice RottenAppleReads


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