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- Listening Length: 10 hours and 30 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio
- Audible.com Release Date: July 24, 2012
- Whispersync for Voice: Ready
- Language: English
- ASIN: B008OK675K
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THIS WAS NOT A BAD THING FOR ME. I enjoy the books that give me a little emotional angst. I enjoy when both, not just one character is a "fixer-upper" It make it a little more real I guess. (call me a sadist haha)
What worked for me: 1-Abby's best friend America (Mare) didn't take a backseat once a relationship between Abby and Travis was established.
2- The emotional connection between Abby and Trav was believable, not all hearts and flowers.
3-The sex scenes were pretty "fade to black" I am usually the first one to complain about this (I admit I enjoy a smutty book now and again) But here, it really worked.
What had me ready to throw the kindle: 1- Some of the s*** Abby put up with, with a "grain of salt" approach. I am sorry but the whole "bimbo twins" thing. Any normal girl, with or without a claim on a guy would lose their stuff on a guy if they pulled this BS.
2- I was ready to literally scream at both characters to figure it the eff out. They both wouldn't just say their feelings.
3- Abby needed more of a back bone, then when she got one, it was all wrong!
Regardless, I did enjoy the book, but I think some more character development was maybe needed to fully understand what was making these guys tick. We got minor explanations, but I felt like it was lacking.
I read all the other Maddox books and wanted to know more about Travis and Abby's story, but this was a disappointment.
There's a lot that works in this New Adult romance. Abby Abernathy and Travis Maddox both have strong back stories. Their interactions are often funny and tender. Author Jamie McGuire's depictions of campus life are believable, probably too believable. If real people drank the way these characters do, they'd probably die. Travis's fight scenes and their aftermath dripped drama.
Where McGuire fell down for me was in her characterization. She did pretty well with Abby, the point-of-view character for the book. Unfortunately, Travis isn't as successful. He comes off a dopey and slow witted, which we know (because the author tells us) is not the case. What's weird is that when I read the follow up to this novel, WALKING DISASTER, the same story from Travis's point of view, he's the strongest character and it's Abby who is a non-entity. I normally don't like novels with dual points of view, but it might have been the better way to go here.
Also, for all the sexual tension between Travis and Abby, the actual love scenes are fairly blah. I'm not saying that McGuire needed to be more graphic. Not at all. It's the lack of an EMOTIONAL connection between the couple that's the problem. The connection is there in spades during the non-sexual parts. But get the pair into the bedroom together and it's a snore-fest.
This isn't a bad book (and at least one of the later books in the series rates FIVE stars), but I expected more based on the hype surrounding it.
As Abby, a fairly wholesome looking girl,and her best friend, America, start their first year in college, Abby meets Travis Maddox, who happens to be the cousin and roommate to America's new boyfriend, Shepley. Due to the dorm's boiler giving out (and after losing a bet), Abby & America end up staying at Travis & Shepley's apartment for a month. Abby finds herself falling for Travis even though she knows she shouldn't since he's the school's walking one-night-stand and he appears to be everything from her past that she's trying to leave behind. Even though I am not big on underground fighting, I wanted to read this book anyway. I had heard MANY good things about it. The fighting wasn't that big a part of the book anyway so, it was all good. The part that bothered me the most was Abby's 'flip flopping' feelings for Travis. I was SO annoyed with her instant (and constant) 'change of heart' that I almost didn't want to finish the book but I loved Travis enough to keep reading. I have to admit, it was kind of hard to keep up with Travis' feelings in this book as well so it helped me to keep my irritation of Abby's uncertainty in check. All in all, It ended up being a very good read.
POV ... first person (single)
stand alone or series... stand alone BUT has a 'companion book' (Walking Disaster)
would I recommend it ... yes
did it give me a book hangover... slight
would I read it again ... yes