Walking Disaster: A Novel by Jamie McGuireWalking Disaster: A Novel by Jamie McGuire

Walking Disaster: A Novel

byJamie McGuire

Paperback | April 2, 2013

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How much is too much to love? Travis Maddox learned two things from his mother before she died: Love hard. Fight harder.

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.
Jamie McGuire is the bestselling author of Walking Disaster, Beautiful Disaster, and the Providence series.
Title:Walking Disaster: A NovelFormat:PaperbackDimensions:448 pages, 8.25 × 5.31 × 1.2 inPublished:April 2, 2013Publisher:Atria BooksLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1476712980

ISBN - 13:9781476712987

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Rated 3 out of 5 by from It was okay Although I find it annoying re reading a story, this one gave some little details that were important. Like getting some behind the scenes info. I liked it very much.
Date published: 2017-11-07
Rated 3 out of 5 by from 3.5 stars Definitely a lot better than the first one. I liked that we got a perspective of Travis, especially because I wasn't his biggest fan in the first book.
Date published: 2017-09-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Better than the first! I was afraid this book would just regurgitate everything that happened in Beautiful Disaster, but the author did a great job at re-telling the story without making it boring. Loved it 10x more than the first in the series, and the ending didn't seem as rushed, even though it was the same story. Cannot say enough good things about this book! On to the next one!
Date published: 2017-07-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Really good! The first book was better but this was still a great book that i could not put down. It was nice to read it from his perspective, and read what he was thinking.
Date published: 2017-06-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved! Loved it so much I bought both versions #noshame!
Date published: 2017-03-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Pretty good! Not as good as Abby's but still really good.
Date published: 2017-02-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing! Such a great sequel to Beautiful Disaster. It was fantastic to hear the story from his point of view! Loved it! #plumreview
Date published: 2017-01-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Way Better than the First! I absolutely loved hearing the same story from Trav's POV, it really showed how crazy Abby actually is! At least with Travis people know he's crazy because he is obvious about it, but Abby is the quiet kind of crazy that can really mess with a person's head, which is what we see in this book.
Date published: 2016-12-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Just As Good As The First I really liked this book. I would say I like Travis' perspective better than I liked Abby's but that would be a lie because they tie for me. I enjoyed reading the events from Travis' point of view because it allowed me to get both sides to the story. Great book.
Date published: 2016-12-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from His view His View on it. Loved it more than the first one...
Date published: 2016-11-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love it! After reading Beautiful Disaster, I was so excited to read this one. I loved reading Travis' side their story! Love the story and Jamie McGuire's writing.
Date published: 2016-11-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from love it I really enjoyed this series, and McGuires writing, easy to read, and kept me from wanting to put the book down!
Date published: 2016-11-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from ahhhh Travis <3 I need a travis in my life!!! love this book, every second of it!
Date published: 2015-02-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Walking Disaster Pulls you right in from the get go.
Date published: 2014-12-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from loved it! After reading beautiful disaster I was sad it ended till I found this gem. I loved reading Abby and Travis' story. But being to read it from his side of the story was a bonus. Can't wait to read the other books featuring the Maddox boys.
Date published: 2014-12-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from loved it! Love Love Love Travis. This book sucked me from the first page. I laughed and cried all at the same time. Jamie McGuire is a fabulous writer and I especially love how she has written Walking Disaster in Travis's POV and Beautiful Disaster in Abby's. I am so excited that she has created another book about another Maddox brother. Keep them coming
Date published: 2014-08-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love love love it !!!! Love this author cannot get enough of her books its a must read...love love love it !!!
Date published: 2014-08-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love love love it !!!! Love this author cannot get enough of her books its a must read...love love love it !!!
Date published: 2014-08-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love love love it !!!! Love this author cannot get enough of her books its a must read...love love love it !!!
Date published: 2014-08-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Walking Disaster LOVED IT!!!!!! No other words needed!!!
Date published: 2014-08-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from 5 star book! Absolutely awesome book ! Enjoyed every second of it!!
Date published: 2014-07-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great ending . Such a cute ending . Loved the story from Travis's view.
Date published: 2014-05-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good read Although I prefer Beautiful Disaster, this book is still a good read.
Date published: 2014-03-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Walking diaster Awesome great to see his side
Date published: 2014-03-21
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good point of view I liked the first book more. Seeing Travis's point of view was a good way of seeing somethings. It gave u a better understanding of the person he is and how he saw Abby. I enjoyed it. Thank you
Date published: 2014-03-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Good point of view If you love Beautiful Disaster, you will love this. Reading it in Travis' perspective is so different and you find out his reason for the way he is. I fell in love with Travis even more in this book. Great read and I am now on the second read of it.
Date published: 2014-02-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Good point of view I couldn't put this book down! A captivating and unique story. Also, even though the first book (Beautiful Disaster) is the same story but from another character's point of view, Walking disaster was just as gripping!
Date published: 2014-01-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Male POV was necessary After reading this book, the story seems more complete, despite some of the repetition.
Date published: 2014-01-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Male POV was necessary Wow, what a way to end the story of Abby and Travis. It made the book so much more enjoyable having already had Abby's point of view but also getting to see what Travis was feeling at the same time.
Date published: 2014-01-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I loved this one I esp loved the after that was added, with them out of school. It was nice reading it again but from a different perspective and knowing what he was doing when Abby was doing something else.
Date published: 2014-01-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Walking Disaster It is a really good book. It is nice to ready it from his view
Date published: 2014-01-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awe I didn't mind the repetition of the two stories. It was nice to see things from Travis's POV. The mans side. They were crazy for each other and just when yo thought you were taking her side, you could see his side too, his heart crumbling worse than hers.... romantic. I didn't like the epilogue though. I didn't need to know about what happens to Benny. The end with Jim was good enough, made me cry. Really enjoyed no books, read them both in two weeks at Christmas. Very relaxing, and now my teenaged daughter can read them lol
Date published: 2014-01-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Walking Disaster Amazing to read the different perspective. Beautiful ending!
Date published: 2014-01-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wow Very cool to read the same story from a different perspective. It completes the story for sure!
Date published: 2013-12-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I want a Travis in my life I can't wait see through Travis eyes ♡
Date published: 2013-10-31
Rated 3 out of 5 by from !! Liked it from her side better want more of them
Date published: 2013-10-20
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Very Disappointed I expected this book would be a continuation in the storyline of the first book, Beautiful Disaster, except in the perspective of the male character as it mentioned on the back cover. However, it was like reading book one over again. All quotes amongst the characters are exactly the same. Sure you get a different perspective but it wasn't anything special. I tried, but couldn't even make it to read the whole book.... I was very uninterested as I knew exactly what was going to happen next. This book left no surprise for the reader and was a waste of money.
Date published: 2013-08-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from GREAT READ!! I was recently referred to read Beautiful Disaster which I read incredibly fast as the book was amazing. I am so thankful that I did not have to wait too long for Walking Disaster as it was torture enough to wait the couple weeks for release. I was sceptical of this book at first as I didn't know if I was going to read the same book again with a different point of view or if I was in for something else. Without spoiling it, you are in for something else. I loved the additional back story and thought processes that Jamie puts into this book for Travis. Personally, I loved him in BD anyway but after WD well Travis is just....sigh, speakless. I loved how we got to see more of Travis and what he did without Abby. My fav parts: Travis after Abby's birthday party and after the fire. I also loved the Prologue and the Epilogue that was written for this book, the Prologue gives us a much better understanding of Travis and his home life and the then Epilogue just completes everything perfectly. I can't say that I relate to the characters or their situtations as I am an adult but I love reading books with strong, clean stories and this has it. This was a true page turner for me and I would highly reccomend this book to anyone who just loves to read a great book! Don't forget to read Beautiful Disaster as well.
Date published: 2013-05-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Better than Beautiful Disaster I absolutely loved this book. I was always curious about Travis' perspective on things and this book covered all that. I couldn't put it down. This is a great read!
Date published: 2013-05-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from WOW HOTT!!! Between beautiful and walking disaster it hard to pick of these two books because i love them both in each side from these two characters but in this book after the book was finish when they got marry it went into more of there years of marriage which was great i love that but i still think there should be more books of these two lovers but i still hope for . but honestly i love this one and beautiful disaster and i can see myself re reading again .
Date published: 2013-04-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from LOVED IT.....Amazing!!! I was anxiously awaiting the release of this book after reading Beautiful Disaster last year and I'm very happy to say I was not disappointed. I loved reading the events and development of Travis' and Abby's relationship from his point of view and also seeing that he was equally tortured with aspects of their relationship and himself. I really liked the prologue, it added further depth and understanding to his feelings and why he was the way he was before meeting Abby. I also enjoyed the epilogue. I truly loved the book and can't wait for the stories about the other Maddox brothers to come out.
Date published: 2013-04-10
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Travis' perspective Having read Abby's point of view in "Beautiful Disaster", I was curious to read Travis' perspective in this novel. While the story follows the same path, we learn that Travis' view is as tortured as Abby's was, for similar but different reasons. You can read these two books in any order with the same result. The epilogue in this book was a bit ridiculous and totally unnecessary. However, I did enjoy the male's perspective on his all-consuming love. I cheered for Travis/Abby from both of their perspectives.
Date published: 2013-04-06

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Walking Disaster PROLOGUE EVEN WITH THE SWEAT ON HER FOREHEAD AND THE skip in her breath, she didn’t look sick. Her skin didn’t have the peachy glow I was used to, and her eyes weren’t as bright, but she was still beautiful. The most beautiful woman I would ever see. Her hand flopped off the bed, and her finger twitched. My eyes trailed from her brittle, yellowing nails, up her thin arm, to her bony shoulder, finally settling on her eyes. She was looking down at me, her lids two slits, just enough to let me know she knew I was there. That’s what I loved about her. When she looked at me, she really saw me. She didn’t look past me to the other dozens of things she needed to do with her day, or tune out my stupid stories. She listened, and it made her really happy. Everyone else seemed to nod without listening, but not her. Never her. “Travis,” she said, her voice raspy. She cleared her throat, and the corners of her mouth turned up. “Come here, baby. It’s okay. C’mere.” Dad put a few fingers on the base of my neck and pushed me forward while listening to the nurse. Dad called her Becky. She came to the house for the first time a few days ago. Her words were soft, and her eyes were kinda nice, but I didn’t like Becky. I couldn’t explain it, but her being there was scary. I knew she might have been there to help, but it wasn’t a good thing, even though Dad was okay with her. Dad’s nudge shoved me forward several steps, close enough to where Mommy could touch me. She stretched her long, elegant fingers, and brushed my arm. “It’s okay, Travis,” she whispered. “Mommy wants to tell you something.” I stuck my finger in my mouth, and pushed it around on my gums, fidgeting. Nodding made her small smile bigger, so I made sure to make big movements with my head as I stepped toward her face. She used what was left of her strength to scoot closer to me, and then she took a breath. “What I’m going to ask you will be very hard, son. I know you can do it, because you’re a big boy now.” I nodded again, mirroring her smile, even if I didn’t mean it. Smiling when she looked so tired and uncomfortable didn’t feel right, but being brave made her happy. So I was brave. “Travis, I need you to listen to what I’m going to say, and even more important, I need you to remember. This will be very hard. I’ve been trying to remember things from when I was three, and I . . . ” She trailed off, the pain too big for a bit. “Pain getting unmanageable, Diane?” Becky said, pushing a needle into Mom’s IV. After a few moments, Mommy relaxed. She took another breath, and tried again. “Can you do that for Mommy? Can you remember what I’m about to say?” I nodded again, and she raised a hand to my cheek. Her skin wasn’t very warm, and she could only keep her hand in place for a few seconds before it got shaky and fell to the bed. “First, it’s okay to be sad. It’s okay to feel things. Remember that. Second, be a kid for as long as you can. Play games, Travis. Be silly”—her eyes glossed over—“and you and your brothers take care of each other, and your father. Even when you grow up and move away, it’s important to come home. Okay?” My head bobbed up and down, desperate to please her. “One of these days you’re going to fall in love, son. Don’t settle for just anyone. Choose the girl that doesn’t come easy, the one you have to fight for, and then never stop fighting. Never”—she took a deep breath—“stop fighting for what you want. And never”—her eyebrows pulled in—“forget that Mommy loves you. Even if you can’t see me.” A tear fell down her cheek. “I will always, always love you.” She took a choppy breath, and then coughed. “Okay,” Becky said, sticking a funny-looking thing in her ears. She held the other end to Mommy’s chest. “Time to rest.” “No time,” Mommy whispered. Becky looked at my dad. “We’re getting close, Mr. Maddox. You should probably bring the rest of the boys in to say goodbye.” Dad’s lips made a hard line, and he shook his head. “I’m not ready,” he choked out. “You’ll never be ready to lose your wife, Jim. But you don’t want to let her go without the boys saying their goodbyes.” Dad thought for a minute, wiped his nose with his sleeve, and then nodded. He stomped out of the room, like he was mad. I watched Mommy, watched her try to breathe, and watched Becky checking the numbers on the box beside her. I touched Mommy’s wrist. Becky’s eyes seemed to know something I didn’t, and that made my stomach feel sick. “You know, Travis,” Becky said, leaning down so she could look me in the eyes, “the medicine I’m giving your mommy will make her sleep, but even though she’s sleeping, she can still hear you. You can still tell Mommy that you love her and that you’ll miss her, and she’ll hear everything you say.” I looked at Mommy but quickly shook my head. “I don’t want to miss her.” Becky put her soft, warm hand on my shoulder, just like Mommy used to when I was upset. “Your mom wants to be here with you. She wants that very much. But Jesus wants her with him right now.” I frowned. “I need her more than Jesus does.” Becky smiled, and then kissed the top of my hair. Dad knocked on the door, and then it opened. My brothers crowded around him in the hallway, and Becky led me by the hand to join them. Trenton’s eyes didn’t leave Mommy’s bed, and Taylor and Tyler looked everywhere but the bed. It made me feel better somehow that they all looked as scared as I felt. Thomas stood next to me, a little bit in front, like the time he protected me when we were playing in the front yard, and the neighbor boys tried to pick a fight with Tyler. “She doesn’t look good,” Thomas said. Dad cleared his throat. “Mom’s been real sick for a long time, boys, and it’s time for her . . . it’s time she . . . ” He trailed off. Becky offered a small, sympathetic smile. “Your mom hasn’t been eating or drinking. Her body is letting go. This is going to be very hard, but it’s a good time to tell your mom that you love her, and you’re going to miss her, and that it’s okay for her to go. She needs to know that it’s okay.” My brothers nodded their heads in unison. All of them but me. It wasn’t okay. I didn’t want her to leave. I didn’t care if Jesus wanted her or not. She was my mommy. He could take an old mommy. One that didn’t have little boys to take care of. I tried to remember everything she told me. I tried to glue it to the inside of my head: Play. Visit Dad. Fight for what I love. That last thing bothered me. I loved Mommy, but I didn’t know how to fight for her. Becky leaned into my dad’s ear. He shook his head, and then nodded to my brothers. “Okay, boys. Let’s go say goodbye, and then you need to get your brothers in bed, Thomas. They don’t need to be here for the rest.” “Yes, sir,” Thomas said. I knew he was faking a brave face. His eyes were as sad as mine. Thomas talked to her for a while, and then Taylor and Tyler whispered things in each of her ears. Trenton cried and hugged her for a long time. Everyone told her it was okay for her to leave us. Everyone but me. Mommy didn’t say anything back this time. Thomas pulled on my hand, leading me out of her bedroom. I walked backward until we were in the hall. I tried to pretend she was just going to sleep, but my head went fuzzy. Thomas picked me up and carried me up the stairs. His feet climbed faster when Dad’s wails carried through the walls. “What did she say to you?” Thomas asked, turning on the tub faucet. I didn’t answer. I heard him ask, and I remembered like she told me to, but my tears wouldn’t work, and my mouth didn’t either. Thomas pulled my dirt-soiled shirt over my head, and my shorts and Thomas the Train Underoos down to the floor. “Time to get in the tub, bubby.” He lifted me off the floor and sat me in the warm water, soaking the rag, and squeezing it over my head. I didn’t blink. I didn’t even try to get the water off of my face, even though I hated it. “Yesterday, Mom told me to take care of you and the twins, and to take care of Dad.” Thomas folded his hands on the rim of the tub and rested his chin on them, looking at me. “So that’s what I’m gonna do, Trav, okay? I’m going to take care of you. So don’t you worry. We’re going to miss Mom together, but don’t be scared. I’m going to make sure everything’s okay. I promise.” I wanted to nod, or hug him, but nothing worked. Even though I should have been fighting for her, I was upstairs, in a tub full of water, still as a statue. I had already let her down. I promised her in the very back of my head that I would do all the things she had told me as soon as my body worked again. When the sad went away, I would always play, and I would always fight. Hard.

Editorial Reviews

"Growing up can be a disaster. But McGuire writes with wonderful finesse that it doesn't have to be."