Book Review: Walking Disaster by Jamie McGuire


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.



Walking Disaster is the retelling of Beautiful Disaster (Book 1) from Travis’ point of view. Now while I enjoyed the first book (4 stars), I think reading this sequel was a mistake: I found Travis’ character rather violent in Beautiful Disaster, but in Walking Disaster I also found him incredibly shallow.

He is obsessed with ‘bagging’ women and only seems to respect those he can’t ‘bag’ easily – thus Abby unfortunately grabs his interest. In the UK we’d call him a ‘dick’. Maybe I sound harsh here, but after the first hundred pages I serious considered not finishing this novel because I found Travis’ character so unappealing. Loathsome even.

A lot of small romantic moments early on – from Beautiful Disaster – were simply summarized (no dialogue whatsoever), which would have been fine if I hadn’t read Beautiful Disaster MONTHS ago. (Editing has essentially turned this into a meatless romance that focuses on high octane ‘the building is burning’ moments.)

If you want a New Adult book where the small romantic moments are at the forefront check out Wait For You by J Lynn instead.

Hard core ‘Beautiful Disaster’ fans who are prepared to read this in conjunction with the first book (alternating between them chapter by chapter) will probably really appreciate this novel. But personally I wish I’d given it a miss.


The more I know about Travis the less I like him:

TRAVIS MADDOX ‘I’m bad for you because I choose to drink and party and regularly beat people into a bloody pulp (due to my uncontrollable rages and inability to get a part-time job like every other stinking student) – but I love you, for no real reason other than your lack of interest in having sex with me. Please love me pigeon.’


3 thoughts on “Book Review: Walking Disaster by Jamie McGuire

  1. I’d been intrigued by the cover and the fact that I still haven’t read any New Adult books, but it looks like I’ll stay away from this one. Travis sounds just like the typical Young Adult jerk love interest I hate.

  2. You’ve made me laugh. I think down here – we’d also call him a dick. Your review made me feel a little better about myself – I sort of feel like I’m alone missing the appeal of bad boys who treat women terribly, and are pretty much just obsessed with getting laid and yet somehow they’re swoonworthy… But you’ve made me feel less alone in not quite getting the appeal of Travis MadDog Maddox 😀 Great revie!

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