Book Review: Walking Disaster by Jamie McGuire – Compelling, addicting, and impossible to put down!


Walking DisasterWalking Disaster by Jamie McGuire

Release Date: April 2, 2013

Genre: Fiction, Contemporary Romance, New Adult

Available on: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Audible



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.


Writing Walking Disaster was a fantastic decision on Jamie McGuire’s part. As much as we all loved Beautiful Disaster, many readers – myself included – got hung up on the idea that Travis and Abby were a destructive, almost-but-not-quite abusive, relationship. [Not that it stopped me from loving the book!] After reading Walking Disaster and gaining a greater understanding of Travis’ character, I can see where he was coming from. It was so, so great seeing things from Travis’ point of view.

As quickly as I tore through Beautiful Disaster, I literally was unable to put Walking Disaster down until I finished it – in record time, I might add. Travis, Abby, America, and Shepley are such compelling and addicting characters that you never want the story to end. For some authors, re-writing the same story from a new character’s perspective would be repetitive and boring, but such is not the case with this book.

McGuire expertly navigated the balance between re-telling stories in Beautiful Disaster and adding fresh scenes from which Abby was absent. We also get to see more of Shepley and the rest of Travis’ family, which only serves to get readers more attached to the characters in the book. One of the best parts was the end [though I hated reaching it] because of the epilogue not included in Beautiful Disaster.

In all, definitely make sure that you read this one – and we’ve provided some purchase links at the top of the page for you. I would have to recommend that new readers start with Beautiful Disaster simply because there are some parts in Walking Disaster that reference moments not included in the book. This is one book that fans of the New Adult genre will not want to miss out on.

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