By Jamie McGuire Editions: audiobook, ebook, paperback Published: April 2nd 2013 by Atria Books Genre: NA Contemporary / Romance Source: NetGalley
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.
Bomy’s Flutter: sort of epic awesomeness 😀
I’ll first make a confession: despite having Beautiful Disaster I haven’t gotten to read it yet. So I read this as a very new book, not a second point of view on the ‘original story’. I think it was a good thing, because I tend to like the bad boi in the story more then the chick anyway. Unless she’s a bad girl, in which case it tends to be all about her. But Abby isn’t a bad girl, just a a bit of a disaster I guess, and she makes a perfect half on this explosive couple.
Travis made a strong impression on me from the get-go. He had a bit of a jerk aura with the whole bagging thing, but he was a funny jerk. I tend to like the type, so shoot me! He had this very intense way about him, this smoldering quality. And it became clear to me very early in the read that this guy had a temper and a tendency to throw punches. Consider me guilty as charged, but I find that goddamn hot. Very self-flagellating of me, I’m sure, and it might come to haunt in me real life, but hey, we each pick our poisons, right? So to make the long story short, Travis was the pitch-perfect destructive crush material. His progress as the story evolved made sense to me; if I’d take him from the start of the story as point A and him at the end of it as point B, the two of them don’t really add up in my mind. But the progress from point A to point B, well built and intense, makes it make sense to me.
Abby was interesting, but after having read the story I can’t say I feel like reading it from her point of view now. I’m not sure how I would have felt about reading it from his if hers would have been the first…oh, who am I kidding? I would’ve been dying to read Walking Disaster either way.
Abby was the kind of character I see being beside someone like Travis. Because let’s face it, it takes a lot of destructive and messed up in someone to make sense with another ‘walking disaster’, you know what I mean? She wasn’t about saving him or whatever of the sort, she was about saving herself. And failing to. So she made perfect sense and kept my attention all through. Her evolution made sense to me too, in fact the distance between point A and point B with her didn’t feel as big as it did with Travis. I saw it in her all the while, but I kept wondering about Travis. The man has this edge to him, thoroughly delectable. Abby didn’t seem to go quite that close to breaking point, or she handled it better. Of course, if I’d read the story from her point of view it might seem the other way, which is part of the charm with these things.
The story was more complex then I might have expected. I mean, I could have seen it end in a couple places but it didn’t, it kept on. Touched on deeper levels of their relationship, and brought the whole thing to a great end. I like books that do that. I could have easily seen this dragged on into 3 books, if you know what I mean. The fact that Jamie McGuire loved us all enough to give us the full story in one go made me love this even more, most likely. Since lately it’s been a trend to take one story and break it into pieces, the fact that someone gives you a full, rich story in one starts to be a great quality if you ask me.
I don’t like to feel like I’ve been cheated out of anything after I’m invested in the characters and their stories. This novel regales the reader with a fully developed and complex story that really takes you that whole way from point A to point B, and it does so beautifully.
It’s a first person narrative from Travis’s POV, and if there’s anyone out there wondering about it, this the story of Beautiful Disaster told from Travis’s POV. The scenes flow beautifully, voices are clear and authentic, and characters are well built and make sense while they evolve. This is awesome writing at work, if you ask me.
The presentation is nothing to scoff at, either. The cover is freaking gorgeous, as I’m sure you’ll all agree. I loved the cover of Beautiful Disaster too, and to be honest I think the cover of the UK edition makes better sense with it since it keeps that awesome element of mystery about it. It’s a bit grittier, edgier, and I felt it fit the story better. Bur a tattooed hunk is never hard on the eyes, I’m sure you agree.
All in all, this a really great read, full of raw emotion and ups and downs. I do highly recommend it if you’re into stories about life after high school. Because there’s a LOT of life after high school, and I never stop to be thrilled at people telling those stories. Walking Disaster and Beautiful Disaster are awesome stuff, and I say you should try them out.