- Publisher: Atria Books
- Format: Paperback | 448 pages
- Dimensions: 135mm x 208mm x 30mm | 363g
- Publication date: 2 April 2013
- ISBN 10: 1476712980
- ISBN 13: 9781476712987
- Edition statement: Original ed.
- Sales rank: 5,204
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.
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By Lily 12 Jun 2013
Beautiful Disaster, the first novel in this series, took me completely by surprise.
Though I normally don't, I did check out the reviews for the first novel. There was certainly a lot of passion in those readers that didn't like it and those that loved it. The negative reviews made me very curious to read it, and the positive, anxious to get started. And I ended up really liking it. Not because I am attracted to dysfunctional bad boys that fly off the handle, or 'bag' every chick that walks by and smiles, but because Travis Maddox fascinated me. I wanted to know what made him tick. What made him angry. What made him so desperate for Abby's love and acceptance.
When I realized that Walking Disaster was told from Travis' perspective, I was excited to get into Travis' head.
You would think that the same story, even retold from a different POV would be boring. But Walking Disaster was far from that. Seeing it unfold through Travis' eyes was fascinating. This broken boy grew into a broken man; angry at the unfairness of losing his mother at an early age. His assholish ways were really due to his fear of being abandoned by another woman that he loves.
Once he fell for Abby, he couldn't help but mess things up over and over again. His desperation was sadly evident every time that he got destructive, threw a tantrum, got dramatically depressed and emotional. His cousin sure had a lot to deal with, and it's amazing that he stood by Travis through and through.
Travis just didn't know how to deal.
But he does grow in this story, I think. He does understand what love means. And though it goes against his own nature, he does eventually puts his needs last in the end for the woman that he loves, and forces himself to wait for Abby to be the one to decide what will happen next. Even if it means he will no longer be in the picture. Even if it means he will lose her forever.
There have been a few memorable male characters that have stayed with me for years. Book boy crushes if you will. Travis is not one of those 'crushes' but he will stay with me. He was a flawed guy that made mistakes. A guy that was lucky enough to meet a girl that saw through those flaws and found him worth loving. And through her eyes, and those of his family, he finally realized his own worth too.
Review originally featured on Bookluvrs Haven.
By Kate @ Fictional Thoughts 08 Apr 2013
Travis "Mad Dog" Maddox has a reputation on campus. He's notorious for bagging chicks and then taking out the garbage as soon as he's sated. But when he first spots Abby Abernathy from across a crowded bare-knuckle fight, there's just something about her that's different from all the other girls at school. She's not throwing herself at him and there's something in her eye that reminds him of himself.
Never one to turn down a challenge, Travis sets out to make Abby his friend. His first non-sexual female friend. But as he gets to know her, he finds so much more than a potential buddy. Abby makes him nervous, anxious and agitated. Maybe, just maybe, Travis has met his match - and mate - in the quiet little Kansas pigeon.
I get the appeal of a bad boy. Not the just psychological phenomenon that explains women are attracted to bad boys as a primordial urge to help them procreate and further their race. But also the devastatingly sexual being that is a bad boy.
So I see why so many readers adore Travis Maddox. I'm just not one of them. However - with this companion novel I do see some redeeming qualities that weren't present in the first book. He's got some insight to his behaviour - he even goes as far to admit that he knows he's a terrible person when it comes to his treatment of females.
But his jealousy just irritated me. Not just the depths of it but also the frequency of his outbursts. His violent tendencies stopped being sexy and were just plain scary.
The plot was well done. It was long enough since I read the first book that seeing the same discussions, interactions and actions didn't feel repetitive but rather a warm feeling of deja vu that you get when you get to mix with characters you find comforting in their familiarity. The extra scenes that we didn't get to witness last time as Abby wasn't currently on-screen were fantastic - the ending made reading this whole story worthwhile.
After reading this book, I'm fully on board the Abby + Travis = 4EVA bandwagon. Not just because I think they're perfect for each other but because I'm not sure I'd wish either one of them upon anyone else...