Monday 18 March 2013

Walking Disaster Review

 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.

This has be to be one of the most hotly anticipated releases of 2013, at least for me as I fell in love with Beautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuire when I read it last year (see here for my gushing review).  Walking Disaster is not a sequel but a companion novel of sorts - it’s basically the same story but told from Travis’s point of view.  Ever wondered what he was thinking in a particular scene? What happened when she left him? Or how about that drunken conversation he had with Abby at her birthday party?  Well, NOW YOU CAN FIND OUT WHAT HAPPENED.  I have to say actually that the drunken conversation was one of my favourite Travis and Abby moments in this book. 

What I found really interesting about Walking Disaster was how Travis saw Abby.  In Beautiful Disaster, Abby was confused as Travis never came out and directly told her how he felt until the end of the book but in this book, he lets us know that he thinks it’s totally obvious and she just doesn’t get it.  Love it. 

I loved this book so hard and it was amazing to gain a little insight into the crazy world of Travis “Mad Dog” Maddox.  I particularly enjoyed his conversations with Shepley, and the way he saw Abby of course. We also learn a little bit more about Travis’s brother Trent and I’m thinking that he could be the next brother to get his own book ;)

Without spoiling it, all I’m going to tell you is that there is an epilogue at the end of the book.  Was it necessary? Probably not.  Will there be mixed reviews about it? I’m guessing yes but for me, I don’t mind a little sneaky peek into the future and I thought it was cute.  I will always love Travis and I hope he pops up in Jamie’s future books about his brothers. 

I really do hope with all my heart that there is a special signed hardback edition of this book to match my special signed hardback edition of Beautiful Disaster as it’s kind of lonely on the shelf at the moment.  I’m ecstatic that Jamie is writing more companion novels as I have a soft spot for Travis’s brothers and am definitely keen to know more.  Walking Disaster is worth every penny and if you’re a huge fan (like me) then it’s a must read.  BRING ON THE MOVIE!!!!

Walking Disaster is published on 2nd April, 2013.  To find out more about Jamie McGuire and her books, please click here.


  1. Great review! I'm about 1/3 in and agree that the conversations we didn't see in BD really add something!

  2. As if I didn't love Travis enough before, I absolutely adored him in Walking Disaster (swoon)