Walking Disaster by Jamie McGuire
Atria Books | April 2, 2013
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.
“Maybe it was just me. Maybe it was just me and her. Maybe together we were this volatile entity that would either implode or meld together. Either Way, it seemed the moment I met her, my life had been turned upside down. And I didn’t want it any other way.”
— Travis, Walking Disaster
The book begins with a short prologue telling the story of Travis’s mother’s passing and the last thing she says to him. The prologue also tells you about Travis and his four other brothers who all grow up basically taking care of themselves with the help of their oldest brother, Thomas. All of this isn’t really mentioned as much in the first book, Beautiful Disaster, so this helps to better understand Travis and why he is the way he is.
“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 stop fighting for what you want. And never forget that mommy loves you.”
— Travis’s Mom, Walking Disaster
I loved this book, but I also loved Beautiful Disaster, so no shocker there. I have read Beautiful Disaster multiple times, but never Walking Disaster because I was afraid it was just going to be the same story. I’m so glad it wasn’t though. Walking Disaster lets you better understand Travis’s feelings and other things you didn’t get from Abby’s point of view in Beautiful Disaster. I’m also about to start the Maddox Brothers Series which is another series by Jamie McGuire and it’s recommended that you read Walking Disaster first even though it’s not part of the series.
There were lots of good quotes in this book. Some may even cross over with Beautiful Disaster, but they are still good quotes. I wanted to share a few of my favorites: (including the two above)
“Sometime between the moment we met, and holding her hand on that bathroom floor, I had fallen in love with her.”
“I should say no to prove a point, but i hate myself later if I said no and you never asked me again.”
“I decided a long time ago I would feed on the vultures until a dove came along. A pigeon. The kind of soul that didn’t impede on anyone; just walked around worrying about its own business, trying to get through life without pulling everyone else down with its own needs and selfish habits. Brave. A communicator. Intelligent. Beautiful. Soft-spoken. A creature that mates for life. Unattainable until she has a reason to trust you.”
— Travis, Walking Disaster
You can read my review of Beautiful Disaster here.