Apparently I never reviewed this book. Oops. It was released April 2. Well, actually, I ordered it on Kindle, and it was delivered just after 10 p.m. on April 1. I finished it around 3 a.m. on April 2.
Walking Disaster by Jamie McGuire is written from Travis’s point of view, whereas Beautiful Disaster is written from Abby’s. I liked Walking Disaster very much. Not as much as Beautiful Disaster, but it was still really engaging. Long stretches of the book were the same, and I enjoyed being in Travis’s head. That being said, some scenes were missing from this book that were included in the original. Scenes that made me wonder what was going on from Travis’s point of view. For instance, what did Megan say on the phone to Travis?
It’s worth reading, and I’ll be buying it in paperback eventually. But the first was the best.
On a related note, I wondered something as I read this book, so bear with me. In Twilight- Eclipse, I was a little disgusted by Bella when she fell apart after Edward left. I thought, “Really? This is how we fall apart when a man leaves us for no good reason?”
When Travis fell apart after Abby left, it seemed romantic. Now that I think back, maybe it was a little stalkerish. Okay, I know it was. And dysfunctional. And probably pathetic. But you know what? I. Don’t. Care. I loved this book. 🙂
I read Beautiful Disaster twice. Back to back. Over 5 days.
The first time I read it, I stayed up until 2 a.m. I’d just gotten done working a 14 hour day and knew I had to go back into work the next day for at least 10 hours. But I couldn’t help myself. It was so good that I had to finish it. And since it was such a good book, I wasn’t the least bit tired.
It’s a boy-meets-girl novel with all the stuff that comes along with it. Abby and Travis’s relationship is dysfunctional, and unlike many young adult romance novels (ahem, Twilight), this one doesn’t try to pretty it up or hide it. Jamie McGuire knows the relationship is dysfunctional, and the characters know it too, which is one of the things that makes this book so great.
This book really touched me. I laughed at some parts and cried at others.
The book is told from Abby’s point of view, 100%. No head hopping. Walking Disaster, Travis’s point of view, is being released on April 2. I very seldom buy things new, but you can bet that I’m going to be a the bookstore as soon as they open on April 2nd to get a copy of this book. Jamie McGuire has other books, and I’m very much hoping that they’re all in the same neighborhood of greatness that this one is.
I read a few reviews online, and this seems to be a pretty polarizing book. People either love it or they hate it. I guess you know how I’m casting my vote!