Walking Disaster (Beautiful #2) by Jamie McGuire
Official Synopsis: 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.
We here at COBG are pretty much feminists. We hate slut shaming, we hate borderline abusive relationships and we hate the idea that only virgins are good. Guess what?! “Walking Disaster” has all of that in spades!!!
I read “Beautiful Disaster” pretty late in the game. The discussions were over, the book had already sold a lot of copies and its sequel was announced. Reading it, I thought all opinions were overrated. Travis Maddox was not that hot and he was not that bad. With “Walking Disaster” I give up my neutral stance.
In my humble opinion, it is sloppy writing when the only way an author can make her characters likeable is by making everyone else a villain. Travis is a psychopath, but he is constantly worried that Abby will get raped and he is always watching guys that he heard were rapists. Ok, rape is a very real and horrendous thing, especially on college campuses, which is really unfortunate and horrifying. Still, I have never met any guy as worried about rape as Travis is. I honestly doubt this is McGuire trying to shine a light on college rape statistics and more of a ploy to make Travis look more heroic. I found it offensive.
This guy is a misogynist. I don’t have an issue with reform players being the lead. Most of the time these guys love women, they love sex and they just haven’t met the right woman yet. That is not Travis’ problem. Travis looks down on women. If you have sex with him before date 10, you are a whore. If you show interest in him right away instead of pretending to hate him, you are a whore. If you like sex, but you are not looking for a boyfriend, you are a whore. And because you are a whore you do not deserve respect or common courtesy. You sure as hell don’t deserve commitment or any kind of relationship from Travis besides being “bagged” and thrown out the next morning. You don’t even get to have sex in his bed, because most girls are not good enough for his exalted mattress and cheap sheets.
Then there is Abby. My biggest pull to read this book was finally getting a glimpse of what Travis saw in this girl. Nothing. Their first encounter doesn’t appear in this book. By page 1, she has already caught his attention and we missed it! What we get is his excitement to see this special girl. What is so brilliant and special about Abby? She didn’t throw herself at him within the first second of their acquaintance! What? This is the only girl,in your entire existence on this earth, to not throw themselves at you?!
I hated that! I did. McGuire must know that Abby is the most boring female ever and so she made every other girl in this book stupid, a whore or a bitch. In most cases the girls are all three. Ok, Bella Swan from “Twilight” is also pretty boring, but you know what? Bella hangs out with werewolves, faces down vampires and jumps off cliffs. Abby spends her nights torturing Travis while sleeping in his bed and her days torturing Parker with a false relationship while calling every other girl a whore. There is absolutely nothing interesting about Abby, besides maybe her family, but that’s not a trait. She is not funny, not charming, not smart or an adventurist. She doesn’t take risks, doesn’t fight for a cause and has no life ambitions. Abby is just kind of there. Oh! But let us not forget that she has great legs and when she dolls up she’s like Hollywood glamorous. Also, it is soo freaking hypocritical to call other girls sluts and then have sex once with a guy who is not the one you are dating. It is hypocritical to call other girls sluts and then have sex with him a second time without a condom when he is a confirmed manwhore and not your boyfriend!!!
Seeing as I read “Beautiful Disaster” there were no surprises. Travis did not reveal anything in his POV that I didn’t know or guess before. The only thing this book achieved was making me dislike the characters and by extension Jamie McGuire. The slut shaming and the negative view on young women was just a little to specific not to be the authors opinion and I am really angry about that. Sure, there are woman who are sexually promiscuous, but to write a character who has had sex with half the school’s female population before the end of the first semester? What world does she live in? In college, no matter how cute I would never have slept with a guy who was covered in tattoos, rode a motorcycle and smoked like a chimney…so not my thing. I am sure that is not attractive to many, many other girls. So, to write this guy as if he is one size fit all or like an incubus that no girl can resist is ridiculous.
This book is awful. I am not sure if its because I already knew the story or if I read it at a time where I am overly critical of sexuality and gender in literature or what. I just cannot get over the authors representation of life on this college campus. Basically, all new adults suck. That is what I got from this book
What world is this college in? I went to NYU, which is not a campus school, so someone please tell me… Do campus colleges have a bell system to tell you when to leave class? Was there a popular clique? Did rumors spread like wildfire? People Travis have never spoken to in his life knew what he did Saturday night. I cannot imagine college kids caring! They’re too busy dealing with their own weekend aftermath! Just so ridiculously unrealistic and unbelievable.
*ARC Provided by Simon & Schuster and Netgalley.
Release Date: April.9, 2013