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- Listening Length: 11 hours and 26 minutes
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- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio
- Audible.com Release Date: April 2, 2013
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B00BKZQAWQ
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I met Abby and Travis in the first book. And, while they were disfunction bordering on crazy, it was a good read. So, to read this book and see their relationship through Travis' eyes explained a lot. Like how much he loved her, why he loved so hard, how could he think of agreeing to work for a shady character; all of it becomes clearer and explains some of his obsession with Abby.
If you have not read the first book, do it. This is truly one where you should read them in order to get the full picture.
Where as Beautiful Disaster followed the story in Abby's point of view, we now get to see what was going on in Travis's throughout the tale of the first novel in it's sequel (which I think is more of a companion novel), Walking Disaster. This was a fantastic idea. Travis is such a complex and rough character and it was wonderful to see his and Abby's romance through his eyes.
As with my initial review of the first novel, I have absolutely nothing to complain about its sequel. This is a big deal for me guys, and an extremely rare event, so take note! A note to my followers, if you don't know, this is not my usual fantasy novel. This is a pure and simple boy/ girl romance... except, there is nothing SIMPLE about Abby or Travis, so naturally, we can understand why "Disaster" fits so perfectly in the title.
Once again, Jamie McGuire lets us in to the main characters world. We see why Travis is the way he is, and how his past (the relationship and advice from his now-deceased mother) has had such a huge impact on how and why he acts the way he does. We learn the meaning behind Abby's nickname, Pigeon, which was a beautiful and sentimental story all on its own. We get to really meet the Maddox family, each of the brothers and his father, and how important they are to the two lover's story. So much more is explained and spelt out for the reader and, after reading this companion novel, I understand Abby and Travis in a whole new, and much more rounded light.
Lastly, I have a question for all of those Jamie McGuire lovers out there: Ever wonder what happens after the HUGE cliff hanger at the end of Beautiful Disaster? Did you think that was the end? Well, as an EXTRA treat, you get to read the rest of their story. We FINALLY see what happens immediately after Abby calls America, her BBF, with her shocking news. Jamie dedicates a whole chapter AND the epilogue toward it. I have to admit, the epilogue was just the icing on the cake.
Walking Disaster was nothing less than perfection in my eyes. An easy 10/10 (I would rank it higher if I could) and a DEFINITE must read. Don't forget to check out the first book to the series, Beautiful Disaster, although you could probably read them out of order and be fine. It's the same story people, just told through different eyes ;)
Travis Maddox is in his second year in college and spends his free time as the champion of the school's underground fighting ring and sleeping his way through all the females in his school. After one of the year's first fights, Travis meets Abby and he feels an instant connection. When Abby and America end up staying at his and Sheply's appartment, Travis and Abby agree (sort of) that they should just be friends. As the story progresses, Abby is constantly giving mixed signals but then, so is Travis. Neither one seems to want to admit to the other that they have feelings for one another and while it might sound annoying, it's actually kind of funny to follow.
This book is a companion book to Beautiful Disaster. While the events in this book are essentially the same as the ones in BD, This is told from Travis' POV. This book is NOT exactly the same as BD. There are events in WD that are either NOT mentioned in BD or are 'glossed over'. There are also events in BD that are barely mentioned in WD. The end of Walking Disaster has quite a bit more than BD did. I'm not sure if I gave this book a higher rating because I already knew how the story would end or if I just preferred reading it from Travis' POV. Either way, I liked this book more than WD. I gave it only 4.5-4.75 stars because I could not get passed his nickname for Abby... sorry but I don't think pigeon is sexy, romatic or cute. I got used to it but still didn't care for it.
POV ... first person (single)
stand alone or series... stand-alone/companion novel but would recommend reading Beautiful Disaster first
would I recommend it ... yes
did it give me a book hangover... yes
would I read it again ... yes