01 April 2013

{Blog Tour} Walking Disaster by Jamie McGuire

By: Me My Shelf And I | 01 April 2013 at 12:01 AM | | | | | | | | | |

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I got to pick my date on the Jamie McGuire, WALKING DISASTER blog tour. I picked April 1st for a specific reason. Anyone know why? IT’S TRAVIS’ BIRTHDAY! What better day to review a book from his point of view than ON HIS BIRTHDAY! *woot* *Woot* And today the presents will be for you you! Don’t miss the giveaway below!


Walking Disaster
Beautiful #2
Author: Jamie McGuire
Pages: 448
Level: New Adult 1(8+)
Release Date: April 2, 2013
Publisher: Atria Books
Rating: 4 Birds

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 can sum up this book in one beautiful graphic I found on Tumblr*tumblr_mjm22goG8o1rvasydo1_500

When I read BEAUTIFUL DISASTER, and saw things through Abby’s eyes, I fell in love with the dysfunction, struggle, and mystery that is Travis Maddox. As a reader I immediately became the pathetic, puppy dog eyed girl that would follow him around campus hoping for a glance, a smile or maybe even a conversation with him. And if I was really lucky, a trip to that couch. *bom chikka wow wow*MjAxMy0yZWQ3ZjY4Nzk4NDUwYTEx

When I read WALKING DISASTER, things changed at bit for me. I found myself almost frustrated with Travis as he pined, whined, and went loco boyfriend over Abby, and I saw it through his eyes instead. It was like that rough and tumble exterior that I longed for, and the mysterious veil it provided had been chipped away, and I was left with this sad little boy.

It took only a few chapters for me to really appreciate the brilliance of this. As an author, Jamie McGuire did exactly what she needed to do to make his meltdowns and emotions unbelievably real. You see, I had this misconception that he was perfect (in his own way), that there wasn’t much more to him than what I saw in BEAUTIFUL DISASTER, and I couldn't have been more wrong.

There’s a depth to him that you witness that will change your out look on him. And if you thought the breakups, and walk always were hard for Abby, to see them from his POV will destroy you. WALKING DISASTER lets you really fall in love with him 100%, his faults, his accomplishments, his desires.

tumblr_m6b8dwDIDw1r31szhMcGuire will trap you from page one, with a prologue that takes place with Travis as a child, during the time his mother is dying. Jamie McGuire should have an award for most heart-breakingly relevant opening to a book. Ever. The End. I needed a break after that chapter, and I’m not even kidding.

On the flip side of all this love for WALKING DISASTER, there were a few things that I was disappointed in. They were few and far between, but still there. Firstly, some of those heart-stopping, tow curling, hot and heavy scenes are cut short or not there at all, just mentioned as an after thought. There’s enough to satisfy you, so don’t worry it’s not missing entirely. And I do understand why some of the ones I was looking for, maybe didn’t :make it off the couch”. Also, the epilogue. Parts of it felt so far fetched and out there, it was hard to connect with it entirely. While I loved seeing so far into the future, a few parts just didn’t gel with me.

All in all, I adored this book. I’m more than grateful to have been on this tour and Jamie’s is getting a giant hug from me at BEA! I haven’t found many books in my life that I will read over, and over again and the Beautiful Series has made it to that list! I can’t wait to see what comes next, according to her website there’s 2 more books coming from the point of views of Trent and Thomas, Travis’ brother's. Maybe when I read these, the epilogue from WALKING DISASTER won’t feel so “out-there” for me.



Now, let’s celebrate Travis’ Birthday! It would be far too expensive for me to buy you a puppy or a new couch as a prize. And, let’s face it, I would be very irresponsible if I handed out Tequila…so how about a copy of WALKING DISASTER?!


So many ways to enter! Do one, do them all! GOOD LUCK!

- This giveaway open internationally, as long as Book Depository ships to your country for free.
- You must be 18+ to enter due to content.


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*Photo Credits*
Butterfly Gif: maddoxtravis.tumblr
the other two I have seen in so many places,
I didn’t know who to credit – if you own them
please let me know I will happily credit you!


  1. Ahh! I'm super excited to read this now! Is it bad that even though I know their break up will destroy me, I can't wait to read it from Travis's point of view :)

  2. It potrays the struggle and the anxiuosness so beautifully.... I found it very connective...

  3. I cannot wait to read Walking Disaster and have been waiting to read Travis' POV ever since I read Beautiful Disaster. I love how much Travis loves Abby!! -Damini

  4. I cannot wait to read this one! I loved the twist in Beautiful Disaster where we find out more about Abby. I also loved that on the outside Travis is a bad boy, but he is actually vulnerable on the inside.

  5. Ummm...I can just say Travis right? ;)

  6. I love when she does really well on her test and he carries her away saying something like "make way, this woman has a ginormously huge brain" it always makes me laugh

  7. Don't judge me because of this answer but... I really loved how Travis's love for Abby somehow changed him into becoming a better person. Even though the whole prose of "bad boy falls in love with good girl" isn't that original of a concept, if done correctly... it can be such a phenomenal idea!!
    Shae @ Understanding Shae's Story

  8. It's really hard for me to describe in complete sentences and make any sense about why I love Beautiful Disaster. My thoughts are basically like a teenage girl's, all omgs! and squeals.

    I get this way with all books that touch me and leave me with a lasting impression. It's just that it somehow manages to connect with me in a way that leaves me without and rational capabilities to describe why. It really sounds like a cop out, but it's the honest to God truth! Lol.

  9. I love the cover art! It's gorgeous, that blue color is amazing.... I do judge books by their cover and I judge this I want to read it.

  10. I haven't read this series yet but love the covers!

  11. I won Beautiful Disaster last year, and haven't read it yet!

    Oh, and you always have the best GIFs!

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  13. I love how Travis can be a total badboy and a total sweetie! Beautiful Disaster is one of my favorite all-time reads and it would mean so so much to win a copy of Walking Disaster. Thank you for an awesome chance. BD left me wanting for more and I'm so happy for all of Jamie's success. Thank you so much again! =]

  14. Trying to not skim the posts here... I haven't read Beautiful Disaster or This book yet but I know I'll love them. REALLY excited to dig into these books!

  15. I love that Travis is a complete badboy and he gets right attached to Abby and I love how she puts it together!

  16. I absolutely loved getting into Travis' head and knowing what he was thinking when he frist saw Abby and you even find out why he calls her Pigeon! ♥

    Thanks for the awesome giveaway! :))

  17. I haven't read them yet, but the things I hear about both books is making me want to run to the bookstore right now and get them. I can't wait to read them! Thanks for the giveaway :D

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  20. don't know why I like it so much, or are too many reasons why I like it.Anyway, I think I like it because I wish to have such a relation ship.

  21. I haven't read it yet but I plan on it! :) Thanks for the giveaway!

  22. Well, the obvious answer to why I loved Beautiful Disaster would be Travis of course, but I'm also a sucker for "bad boy falls in love with a good girl" type of story. :) Really excited to read WD and find out what's going on in Travis's head.
    Thanks for a giveaway! :)

  23. Can't wait to read Walking Disaster. I'm waiting for it since last year! I just love Travis so much it hurts


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