Review: Walking Disaster by Jamie McGuire

Walking Disaster
(Beautiful Disaster, #2)
By: Jamie McGuire
Publisher: Atria Books
Published: April 2, 2013
Genre: New Adult

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Finally, the highly anticipated follow-up to the New York Times bestseller Beautiful Disaster. 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.

Okay, I think I was given the wrong book for review. Have you ever had one of those “Am I reading the same book as everyone else?” moments? Well, I’m having one right now and it has me extremely perplexed. Usually when I don’t like a book that everyone else loves I think, “I guess it’s just not my cup of tea” but when it’s a spin off of a book that I love, I get really confused. I mean, I’ve read Beautiful Disaster at least 3 times. I’ve pushed review books aside to get re-inspired to read, by re-reading Beautiful Disaster, so why did I not like Walking Disaster, which is the exact same story but from Travis’ point of view? I’ll tell you why, it seemed more like a poor attempt at fan fiction than something that’s being published by NYT best seller.

The story is choppy and seems to jump ahead in time with little to no warning. I thought we would get the same story we got from Abby, but in Travis’ point of view. You know, like how we followed Abby around on day to day life both when she was with and without Travis? Well I thought it would be the same thing but nope, we basically get the moments that they shared together in Travis point of view. So time literally jumps forward a lot in the book. This story is so choppy that it made a story that I loved, painful to read. It was like reading a facts sheet. I very rarely don’t finish a book and I’m astounded that this one is sadly being put on that list. I’ve tried, unsuccessfully, for 5 days to finish this book and I’ve only made it about half way. I can’t do it any more.



“The streets were lines with Elvis, Michael Jackson, showgirls, and cartoon characters, all readily available to take a picture for a price. At one point, I kept hearing a flapping noise, and then I pinpointed where it was coming from. Men were standing on the sidewalk, snapping a stack of cards in their hands. They handed one to Shepley. It was a picture of a ridiculously big-breasted woman in a seductive pose. They were selling hookers and strip clubs. Shepley tossed the card to the ground. The sidewalk was covered in them.”

I never understood all the hype over the Vegas strip. It’s filthy, people are trying to sell you something at every corner and there are literally at least 3 people on every corner trying to hand you these nudie cards, sometimes there’s more than 3 of them. Not to mention that you have to battle drunken crowds just to get to your destination. It is a disgusting, chaotic mess and the author did a fantastic job painting an accurate picture of what it’s like to walk the strip.



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One Thought on “Review: Walking Disaster by Jamie McGuire

  1. Anonymous on 8 May, 2013 at 8:29 pm said:

    This book was a gigantic disappointment. I loved the first one….but this one was terrible. Don’t bother.

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