How much is too much to love?
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. Just when he thought he was invincible, Abby Abernathy brings him to his knees.
Every story has two sides. In Jamie McGuire's New York Times bestseller Beautiful Disaster Abby had her say. Now it's time to see the story through Travis's eyes.
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Beautiful Disaster was one of those books I've read and then re-read over and over… I've actually lost count on exactly how many times I've gotten lost in the lives of Travis & Abby. In fact, it was one of the reason I started up a book reviewing blog. So it does hold a special place in my heart… it steered me into the right direction… my outlet for my opinions and thoughts about books. So yes, you can pretty much say that it's because of Beautiful Disaster, that I started up CBL Reviews.
So enough about myself and back to the actual review of Walking Disaster…
I freaking loved it! I know that it's essentially the same book… because, well… it actually is. It's almost identical to Beautiful Disaster. Same emotions, Same heart break, pretty much… same, same, same… but what it does give us is an inside look into what actually happened while Abby was making up her mind and breaking all our hearts when she was kicking Travis to the curb… In fact, if this book was brought out first, it may even have been one of the most emotionally driven books ever written. It's better than Beautiful Disaster!
I always loved Travis. And during this book my affection towards him was confirmed and I still love him and always will. But… what did happen while I read this book is that I realized that Abby is actually a real bitch and for some reason, I've figured out that I don't really like her that much anymore.
You get insight into situations Abby never really brought up or you never noticed during her side of the story in Beautiful Disaster. But now, since it's from Travis's POV, you get more of an idea of who she really is and I'm sad that it turns out - I'm no longer such a huge Abby fan.
I found her self-absorb and childish. She really did annoy be in this book. Another aspect I didn't love about the book is the last chapter. I don't know why, but I felt removed from Travis during that bit. It was way to rushed and just didn't feel as if it was really Travis. Suddenly you are introduced to a major factor that SHOULD have been somewhere in the actual book, since believe me it's major, but it's just thrown into the last chapter and that made me feel a little lost as to the reason for this. You know - that the last chapter - could easily spawn a whole new book... and it could be a very interesting book indeed.
It should just have been left out completely. It didn't do the book any justice. What it ended up doing was opening a whole new pandora's box of questions that remained unanswered. I just don't get it.
Now, don't get me wrong, I did enjoy reading this and seeing the story through Travis's eyes and mind… but in the end it's really just the same book. Right? It's not an award winning novel that should be praised because it's no longer unique. If you've read the first book, you know what's going to happen so there are few oohhh and aaahhh moments… All you get is insight into the little blank spaces where Abby's not with Travis and you find out what Travis was doing during those scenes.
Now… if you are as obsessed with Beautiful Disaster as much as I am / was… then you should read this because you do get a deeper sense of how Travis functions… But nothing is new and nothing is unique. I can't say I'm not disappointed. It should have had something more 'unknown'…
I didn't get the reason for this repeat tale.. but because I love the first book, I wasn't going to turn down the chance to get to read the second. But it's not really a second book. It should have been called Beautiful Disaster #2… OR it should just accompany book one as an additional treat to the readers. It shouldn't be a novel on its own.
Another problem I found? There were parts missing. Scenes completely skipped or looked over, that for someone like myself who has read Beautiful Disaster so many times, immediately noticed and I often stopped to think 'what about that part?'… And they were, to me at least, huge parts that were just left out completely… well huge enough that I actually remembered them and went WTF?
Anyway, Walking Disaster is a great side to an already amazing book… but it's no 'fireworks and slaps on the back' amazing.
I couldn't get myself to rate it a full 5 stars because the tales already been told, it cannot be labeled unique and outstanding. It's just well written and entertaining enough to give you your full Travis Maddox fix.
Rating: 4.5 Stars