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[Rezension] Walking Disaster

Beautiful Disaster

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Beautiful Disaster

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‚Walking Disaster‘
by Jamie McGuire

Beautiful # 2

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Inhaltsangabe:

How much is too much to love?
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. Just when he thought he was invincible, Abby Abernathy brings him to his knees.
Every story has two sides. In Jamie McGuire’s New York Times bestseller Beautiful Disaster Abby had her say. Now it’s time to see the story through Travis’s eyes. (Source: Goodreads.com)

Meine Gedanken zum Buch:
Gleich vorab möchte ich hier erwähnen, dass ich ‚Beautiful Disaster‘ geliebt habe und das Buch fast die gesamte Punkteanzahl bekommen hat. Der Grund warum es bei Teil 1 nur vier Punkte, anstatt der gesamten fünf wurden, war ganz klar -> Abby.

Und das ist auch der Hauptgrund, warum dieser Teil nur 3 Punkte bekommen hat. Abby kommt hier nämlich noch schlechter weg als im ersten Teil, jetzt wo wir Travis Sichtweise erfahren. Nicht nur, dass ich nicht verstehen kann, warum er sich so derart in sie verguckt, verhält sie sich aus seiner Sicht aus wirklich sehr gemein und zickig, besonders in den Phasen in den sie Probleme haben oder wieder auseinander brechen. Und die Zeiten, die eigentlich schön wären und die guten Aspekte aus Band eins waren, kamen hier nur kurz vor, beziehungsweise wurden diese eher ausgelassen, weil sie ja in Band eins schon zu lesen waren.

Daher war in diesem Buch viel weniger Zeit mit dem beiden Figuren gemeinsam, sondern viel mehr die Zeit beschrieben, als Travis alleine war, was er zwischen den Zeiten getan hat, als er nicht bei ihr war oder wie er gelitten hat, als sie ihn zweimal oder öfter stehen lassen hat.
Dadurch war es auch keine lineare, gleichmäßige Erzählung, sondern es wirkte bruchstückhaft und holprig, da die guten Szenen nicht mehr beschrieben wurden. Oft gab es dadurch Sprünge in der Zeit von einem Geschehnis zum nächsten und es war alles sehr abgehackt.

Auch fehlten mir die schönen Emotionen und die großen GUTEN Gefühle beim Lesen. Oft war ich nur traurig und habe mit Travis mitgelitten und hätte Abby strangulieren können, anstatt mich nach ihr zu verzerren.

Das einzig Gute an dem Buch war, dass es danach noch etwas länger weiterging und es nicht mit der Hochzeit geendet hat. Hier fand ich den Epilog gelungen, obwohl ich weiß, dass dieser für einige wohl zu kitschig werden könnte. Aber für die Strapazen und das ständige Leiden im Buch, war der Kitsch am Ende, genau das was ich gebraucht habe, um das Buch versöhnlich zu schließen.

Aber für einen richtigen Fan ist es natürlich trotzdem irgendwie ein Muss, auch wenn nicht viel Neues geboten wird … wer Travis liebt, der liest. 😉

Cover:
Ich finde das Cover mit dem Bizeps ganz gut, aber es würde mir noch besser gefallen, wenn die Proportionen passen würden. ^^Dafür ist das zweite Cover gut gemacht und passt von der Aufmachung her auch besser zu Teil eins.

All in all:
Obwohl ich große Probleme mit dem Buch, hier vor allem mit der Handlung hatte, die sehr zerrissen und holprig aufgebaut war, gebe ich trotzdem noch 3 Punkte, weil ich Travis verfallen bin und er mein Held ist, der sein Happy-End schwer verdient hat. Abby kann mir gestohlen bleiben, aber solange er glücklich ist, nehme ich auch sie in Kauf. 😉

Rating:
3 of 5 points – (I liked it)
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Quotes:

Travis and his mother: 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 dozen 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.
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His mother to Travis: „One of these days you’re going to fall in love, son. Don’t settle for just anyone. Choose the gilr that doesn’t come easy; the one you have to fight for, and then never stop fighting.“
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Travis: „There’s a girl, Dad.“
He smiled. „A girl.“
„She kinda hates me, and I kinda…“
„Love her?“
„I don’t know. I don’t think so. I mean .. how do you know?“
His smile grew wider. „When you’re talking about her with your old dad because you don’t know what else to do.“
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Travis: „You know why I want you? I didn’t know I was lost until you found me. I didn’t know what alone was until the first night I spent without you in my bed. You’re the one thing I’ve got right. You’re what I’ve been waiting for, Pigeon.“
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Travis: Even though we’d put each other through hell, we’d found heaven.

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Serienreihenfolge:
#  1:    Jamie McGuire – Beautiful Disaster »»
#  2:    Jamie McGuire – Walking Disaster »»

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(© goodreads)

About the author – Jamie McGuire:
Jamie McGuire was born in Tulsa. She was raised by her mother Brenda. Jamie attended the Northern Oklahoma College, the University of Central Oklahoma, and Autry Technology Center where she graduated with a degree in Radiography.
Jamie now lives in Enid, with her three children and husband Jeff, who is a real, live cowboy. They share their 30 acres with four horses, four dogs, and Rooster the cat.
Books published by Jamie include the Providence trilogy, and The New York Times best seller Beautiful Disaster, a contemporary romance.
(Source: goodreads.com)

Visit her Website »».

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Thanks to netgalley.com for the reviewer’s copy!

© netgalley

[Review] Walking Disaster

Beautiful Disaster

Simon & Schuster UK Cover

Beautiful Disaster

Atria Cover

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‚Walking Disaster‘
by Jamie McGuire

Beautiful # 2

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Synopsis:

How much is too much to love?
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. Just when he thought he was invincible, Abby Abernathy brings him to his knees.
Every story has two sides. In Jamie McGuire’s New York Times bestseller Beautiful Disaster Abby had her say. Now it’s time to see the story through Travis’s eyes. (Source: Goodreads.com)

My thoughts about the book:
Immediately at the begin I would like to mention that I loved/ adored ‚Beautiful Disaster‘ and the book has got almost the whole rating numbers. The only reason why the first part got only four points, instead of the whole five, was quite easy to say -> Abby.

And this is also the main reason why this book has also gotten only 3 points. Abby was here even worse, now when we see everything out of Travis’ point of view. Not only, that I can’t understand why he falls so hard for Abby, from his POV she also behaves really very mean and bitchy, particularly in the phases in which they have problems or break apart again. And the times/ parts, which would have been actually nice and were the good aspects from book one were supposed to be, they were describe only briefly/ short, or were rather let out completely because they were already to be read in first book.

Hence in there were much less time with both figures together this book, but it was mostly the time described when Travis was alone, what he did between the times when he wasn’t with her or how he has suffered when she dumped him twice or left him alone.
Thereby it was also not a linear, steady story, but it looked fragmentary and bumpy, because the good scenes weren’t described. Thus there were often jumps in the time of an event to the next and it made everything very choppy.

Also I missed the great emotions and the big GOOD feelings while reading. Often I was only sad and have suffered with Travis and could have strangled Abby, instead of drool over Abby and miss her constantly.

The only good thing in the book was that it went on a little further and didn’t ended right after the wedding. Here I found the epilogue good, although I know that this could be too much and too kitschy for some readers. But after the exertion and the constant suffering in the book, the big kitsch at the end, was exactly what I’ve needed to close the book happy.

But nevertheless, for a real fan it’s of course a must to read it, even if it didn’t offered a lot new … – who loves Travis, will read it. 🙂

Cover:
I find the cover with the biceps quite good, but I would like it even better if the proportions would fit. ^^ Therefore the second cover is made well and fits also better to the cover of part one.

All in all:
Although I had big problems with this book, here above especially with the plot which was torn and was built up rugged, I nonetheless give another 3 points, because I completely fell for Travis and he’s my kinky hero, who has hard earned his happy end. But Abby – I couldn’t care less about her, but as long as Travis is happy, I’ll go along with her. 😉

Rating:
3 of 5 points – (I liked it)
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Quotes:

Travis and his mother: 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 dozen 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.
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His mother to Travis: „One of these days you’re going to fall in love, son. Don’t settle for just anyone. Choose the gilr that doesn’t come easy; the one you have to fight for, and then never stop fighting.“
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Travis: „There’s a girl, Dad.“
He smiled. „A girl.“
„She kinda hates me, and I kinda…“
„Love her?“
„I don’t know. I don’t think so. I mean .. how do you know?“
His smile grew wider. „When you’re talking about her with your old dad because you don’t know what else to do.“
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Travis: „You know why I want you? I didn’t know I was lost until you found me. I didn’t know what alone was until the first night I spent without you in my bed. You’re the one thing I’ve got right. You’re what I’ve been waiting for, Pigeon.“
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Travis: Even though we’d put each other through hell, we’d found heaven.

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Succession:
#  1:    Jamie McGuire – Beautiful Disaster »»
#  2:   Jamie McGuire – Walking Disaster »»

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(© goodreads)

About the author – Jamie McGuire:
Jamie McGuire was born in Tulsa. She was raised by her mother Brenda. Jamie attended the Northern Oklahoma College, the University of Central Oklahoma, and Autry Technology Center where she graduated with a degree in Radiography.
Jamie now lives in Enid, with her three children and husband Jeff, who is a real, live cowboy. They share their 30 acres with four horses, four dogs, and Rooster the cat.
Books published by Jamie include the Providence trilogy, and The New York Times best seller Beautiful Disaster, a contemporary romance.
(Source: goodreads.com)

Visit her Website »».

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Thanks to netgalley.com for the reviewer’s copy!

© netgalley

Snapshot: Beautiful Disaster (en.)

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‚Beautiful Disaster‘
by Jamie McGuire.

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(© goodreads)

My opinion:
How can one love parts of a book and doesn’t understand some other parts of it or shakes the head frustrated in disbelieve? Here with this book it actually functions quite well, what is also probably due to the fact that it is relatively thick and sometimes the story goes in circles.

But back to the beginning, where honestly at first I’ve thought this story is a YA book version of the movie ‘Fight Club’, when Abby and Travis meet each other at this underground fight and hence my motivation was low. But already after one or two chapters I was totally involved in this story and the characters that I couldn’t stop to read any more, and if I’ve not read, then I thought all the time of them or dreamt about it.

After the false ‘Fight Club’ mistake, the story reminded me a little of the book ‘The Perfect Chemistry’ by Elkeles, but here it’s not a YA book, but for adults or older teenagers (approx. up from 17 years), because there’s sex in the book, but not described very detailed, so that I couldn’t only clarify it as an adult’s book – so you see, the erotic scenes remains within the scope. Moreover there were integrated really sweet elements, as for example the nickname ‘Pidge’ (from Pidgeon), which the Travis has chosen for Abby as a cute nickname.

What has reminded me so much of ‘Perfect Chemistry’ was this bad-guy type and his involvement with the ‘girl-next door’. Also here were included many stereotypes and things which usually disturb me or let my head shake, but here it wasn’t the case at all. It was a really nice, sweet story, which holds me prisoner and in which I could only wish the two protagonists best luck from the first up to the last page, and I hoped for them.

Of course the story isn’t perfect, for example the fact that some students in it were constantly smoking or that women partly got stereotypically stamped if they jump into bed with different guys, while the men aren’t got entitled as such, but were admired as ‚lady-killers’.

The same thing is also for the characters. I really like Travis and he has the certain something, which doesn’t let me go anymore and that I simply hoped for him. But he really could use a certain training against his aggressions and his constant mood changes – in the story he even appears sometimes like somebody that has a manic-depressive illness (described exaggerated, but still ^^).
And also the perfect Abby has her negative sides, for example that she runs away from problems and to big emotions, instead of rather to confront it and with that she could have made it easier for herself and also for Travis and the reader, instead of breaking everyone’s heart over and over again – even mine.
But in some way I think that exactly this mix of ‘not being perfect’ is the real charm in this book, that one never knows what will happen next and whether they get their happy end or not.

Though this book is exciting and intensely told, but not primarily rich with actions, but by the impulsive characters and their interaction, their chemistry. It is partially like a carousel, a constant up and down of emotions and a trip which goes from ‘sky-high jubilating’ to ‘endlessly depressed’ and back again.

Who is able to want to get into this rollercoaster, has here – besides some tears – also wonderful pages and experiences in view, with dramatic feelings and emotions, which know how to inspire.

But now shortly to a point, which I would also like to criticize: It was a little toughening in the middle part, and there came the point where I asked myself what there’s still to come. But the author has once again thought up something to bring in even more tortures and pain, which though some readers may find more exciting, but for me it was a little bit too unnatural. I think the book wouldn’t have needed this ‘problem’ anymore and therefore it could also have been a little shorter and I still would have been happy with it.

In favor the end was totally my taste and I can say with joy that I’ve not regretted to read this fabulous book. It was an emotional rollercoaster, a lovely journey, which I would make again any time.

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Succession:

# 1: Jamie McGuire – Beautiful Disaster »»
# 1: Jamie McGuire – Walking Disaster »»

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Quotes:

Travis: „My
name’s Travis. Travis Maddox.“
Abby: „I know who you are.“
“You do, huh?” Travis said, raising his wounded eyebrow.
“Don’t flatter yourself. It’s hard not to notice when fifty drunks are chanting your name. “
Travis sat up a bit taller. “I get that a lot.”
I rolled my eyes again, and Travis chuckled. “Do you have a twitch?”
“A what?” “A twitch. Your eyes keep wiggling around.” He laughed again when I glared at him.‘

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Travis: „You know why I want you? I didn’t know I was lost until you found me. I didn’t know what alone was until the first night I spent without you in my bed. You’re the one thing I’ve got right. You’re what I’ve been waiting for, Pigeon.“
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Thanks for the reviewer’s copy to:

© netgalley.com

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