Series: Beautiful #2
Published by Simon and Schuster on 2013-04-02
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
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.
A few weeks ago I listened to Beautiful Disaster, and while there were some major flaws, the book overall was enjoyable. I was hesitant to pick up Walking Disaster, because I knew it was the same story, but told from Travis’ view. At the same time, I was hopeful. Maybe he wouldn’t seem so pathetic to me. Sadly? That wasn’t the case.
This is the exact same story, different view. And I have to give Jamie McGuire credit for this, the story was consistent. And Travis’ mind was pretty much exactly what I expected. And he was just as pathetic as he was in Beautiful Disaster, in fact? I think I liked him less. After about the halfway point, this book was just painful and I almost DNF’d it, except that I just couldn’t wait to get to the end out of obligation. The trainwreck wasn’t even fun anymore.
I think the “Beautiful” Series is a “read one, or the other” type of series, but not a read both. It just feels daunting. The writing was strong, no real complaints. I did appreciate how fluid she transitioned from Abby’s mind to Travis’, but I really think this could have been done in one book with alternating views. The supporting characters were the same in each book, I didn’t feel like I knew Shep or America any better after reading this second book, which was disappointing as well.
All in all? I would read one or the other, but probably not both! Although I do look forward to reading more from Jamie McGuire in the future, to form a more rounded opinion of her work.