Published April 2013
There are two sides to every story.
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.
When I first discovered that McGuire was planning to publish this book I was like, OH, MY GOD! GIMME!!! not only because I find it interesting to read a book from a male perspective, but I was hoping to compare Abby's version of events to Travis's.
So, the story through Travis's eyes, where to begin? It was so much more stressful reading this story from Travis's POV. His erratic emotions and full on bouts of anger is really amplified when you are experiencing it first hand and not from Abby's perspective - I really think that she has some serious blinders on when it comes to Travis.... This may sound like a bad thing, but it's not. It sticks to what we already know about Trav from Beautiful Disaster. He is not one to do things half way. He goes 100% in when he wants something and will only go down fighting - a remarkable quality.
The best bit about getting the story from Trav's POV? FINALLY finding out where the hell the nickname 'Pigeon' came from. Surely I couldn't be the only one that found the illusive origins of the name frustrating in Beautiful Disaster?? I digress, I think that McGuire new of our hunger for this knowledge and was kind enough to put this information at the very beginning of the novel - bless her heart!
The retelling nature of this novel doesn't really leave you in suspense, because, being the big Beautiful fans that we are, we have already read Beautiful Disaster and know the ending. I think that McGuire kept this in mind whilst writing and managed to put in a few surprises for us, mainly in those moments when Travis - heart-breakingly so, to him - was separated from Abby. McGuire also added on to the story at the end of the novel in the epilogue. I wont go into details so not to spoil it for those of you sorry lot that have yet to read it, but it jumps forward 11 years into Trav's and Abby's married lives. I'm not sure how I feel about knowing exactly how things ended up for them down the track. I think that it was little bit of too much information, overload. I honestly think that McGuire should not have added in the epilogue.
Now, the one question that is on everyone's lips, is it better than Beautiful Disaster? Being brutally honest? I think no. Walking Disaster was by no stretch of the imagination bad, but my heart belongs to it's first love, Beautiful Disaster - I think that Travis will understand, don't you?
3 out of 5