Sunday, April 7, 2013

Walking Disaster Review

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.

I wanted to love Travis Maddox so much.  I just can't.

Everyone I know had raved about how insanely sexy and wonderful Travis was.  I actually read Beautiful Disaster a few weeks ago (granted I am a year or two behind) for the sole reason of getting to know this sexy character.  I have a thing for fighters in books.  They always end up being hot.  I left with the "what is the big deal" feeling after that book.

Then I found out they were making a book from Travis POV.  I was actually looking forward to this simply because in the first book I thought he was a needy psychopath, and I wanted to see what really triggered it.  I wanted to see what the big bad reason for Travis' bad boy behavior.  There is always a reason right?  Well in this version of the story the reason is his mother's death.  Instead of being a man who respects women, he grows up being a horrible womanizer with almost no redeeming qualities.

I said in my review of Beautiful Disaster that I didn't think his relationship with Abby was healthy.  He is clingy and needy and moody and just generally a pain in the ass.  This book did nothing to change my mind on that.  Nothing at all.  He meets this girl who makes him think of a future he could have, and he goes all needy and whiny on her.  This takes away, in my opinion, from the sexy fighter that he is supposed to be.

There is still the angst that makes you feel like you are in high school in this book.  Essentially, I felt like I was rereading the same book as I did two weeks ago.  I was horribly disappointed.  I know a lot of people think that Travis is a God....I respectfully disagree.  I see a troubled kid who is always going to be troubled.  In my opinion, if you read Beautiful really don't need to read this one.  It's the same story.  Told pretty much the same way.  There is no big reveal with Travis.  I am horribly disappointed.

I give this 3 lipsticks.  It's a good story, that I have read before....

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