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So, I’m in a serious conundrum. I really unsure what to do. I just finished reading WalkingDisaster. It’s exactly what I was promised, it’s the retelling of BeautifulDisaster (which I loved) but from Travis Maddox’s point of view.
So, why the conundrum?
There were parts I loved. Parts I devoured. There points where I couldn’t put it down. Then there were parts where I was bored. Why was I bored? I already knew the story. Ms. McGuire did exactly what she promised. She DELIVERED on that promise. But, for some strange reason I wanted something a little different.
So, the problem is mine, not Ms. McGuire’s. I cannot hold it against Jamie McGuire for giving me EXACTLY what I was promised.
It was interesting to see things from Travis’ point of view. It was very emotional to watch him fall apart over Abby. To watch him get tied up in knots as he tried to hard to be what she needed, what she wanted. It was amazing to see him become the man he was supposed to be.
As crazy as this sounds, I think the best part was the prologue where we saw Travis with his mother. It explained so much about Travis. It gave me a deeper understanding of Travis.
Since this is Travis' story, I'll focus on him. Travis is a jerk. A nice jerk, but still a jerk. He's a reputation on campus as being a manwhore. He picks up women, takes them home, does them on the couch (they don't even warrant a bed), then sends them home. Amazingly enough, the women often get mad at him for this, even though everyone on campus knows how he is! While he would never lay a hand on a woman in anger, he will get in the face of any man that pisses him off!
When he's with Abby, OMFG! Everything he says is wrong. He just keeps pissing her off. However, she does give as good as she gets when it comes to Travis! Jerk of My Dreams moment for me? When he picked her up, threw her over his shoulder and carried her home from the Valentine Party. Totally jerky, but at the same time, so romantic.
Abby and Travis are a strange couple. They were so bad for each other and yet so good for each other. It’s one of those bizarre situations. Travis is an amazing character. He’s flawed in so many ways, but he’s perfect in others.
I’m glad I read this. I enjoyed getting Travis’s side of things. In many ways, his was far more emotional than Abby’s side of things.
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