- Series: Beautiful Disaster Series
- Paperback: 448 pages
- Publisher: Atria Books; Original ed. edition (April 2, 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1476712980
- ISBN-13: 978-1476712987
- Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 1.2 x 8.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (3,062 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #24,622 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author
Jamie McGuire is the New York Times bestselling author of Beautiful Sacrifice, Beautiful Redemption, Beautiful Oblivion, A Beautiful Wedding, Red Hill, Walking Disaster, and Beautiful Disaster. She and her husband Jeff live with their children just outside Enid, Oklahoma, with three dogs, six horses, and a cat named Rooster. Please visit JamieMcGuire.com.
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The book starts out when Travis is 3, and his mother is dying, and she asks her husband to bring Travis to her and she wants to talk to him and say goodbye, and this is what she says to him;
"First, it’s okay to be sad. It’s okay to feel things. Remember that. Second, be a kid for as long as you can. Play games, Travis. Be silly”—her eyes glossed over—“and you and your brothers take care of each other, and your father. Even when you grow up and move away, it’s important to come home. Okay?” My head bobbed up and down, desperate to please her. “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”—her eyebrows pulled in—“forget that Mommy loves you. Even if you can’t see me.” A tear fell down her cheek. “I will always, always love you.” She took a choppy breath, and then coughed.
From that moment on Travis, although loved by his brothers, and his father, misses his mom and he is mad. He does not understand why she left, and his Dad is so upset, he drinks himself into oblivion nightly and his eldest brother Thomas is left to take care of all the boys-there are 5 in all including Thomas.
Travis grows up learning to defend himself, as he is constantly fighting with his brothers, but from all of that emerges an unbeatable fighter that no one can win. All the girls want a piece of him and he gives of himself constantly never worrying about anything. Then one day at one of his fights he sees a girl he actually is mesmerized by. That girl is Abby and as you read in Beautiful Disaster, their road is rocky and it takes many mistakes by both of them to get it right.
Why read the same book -if it is the same book just in the male point of view you say? It is simple- this book gives Travis's thoughts on the same things, it shows you how he feels which makes a big difference compared to everything Abby is feeling and it shows how, through trial and error, how Travis actually finally grows up without so much anger any more and finally understands what his mother told him all those years ago. It shows how a boy becomes the man he knew his mother and Abby would be proud to love. Most of all it shows how h learns to respect a woman and put her needs ahead of his own and be there for her through thick and thin, even when she gave him hell for it: he led the good fight and he won his "pigeon".
This book was really good, and I am so glad I got to read it, I liked seeing the same book written through a male's point of view and I also was impressed with the author's ability to keep the book moving at a good pace, and how well it was written, how the plot went one way for awhile, and then turned back around and completely surprised me.
I gave this book 5 stars and am glad I read it-do not miss out on a good book.
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 ;)
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