This book sat in my library for months and months. I bought it and when I first listened I couldn't get past the narrators voice and the silliness of things like the nickname "Pigeon". After constantly seeing it on my suggested reads with good ratings I decides to finally give it a try. After getting past my annoyance with the narrator it was an ok read. I still have a few issues with parts being unbelievable. For instance, how things end in Vegas, that is not really realistic in my opinion, and I think the author could have developed that much better, which would have made this a whole other story. It was okay I guess, but not my favorite by any means.
former nuclear scientist
The description of this book is quite misleading. It's actually the story of two young drama queens mistaking violent possessiveness for romance, enabled by their equally young and drama loving friends. The best thing that can be said of this book is how it accurately captures the tunnel vision of people so self-involved that a lethal tragedy merely serves as backstory to what they think is a great romance. The author acknowledges this, throwing in a few comments from minor characters, but seems to buy into the horse pucky. She lets her protagonists escape any repercussions - and certainly any remorse - from their distasteful and occasionally criminal actions. She filled the story with improbable situations, such as a Vegas made of broken kneecaps and 1970s cliches, self-made obstacles, and bad behavior.
I listened in vain to the end hoping for some growth. It was torturous to spend so much time with two characters so pathetic, so incapable of learning. I advise all potential buyers to spend their precious time elsewhere.
I am a busy sports mom listening to romance only. If the narrator is good and it has a decent plot, I will find it enjoyable.
This book was highly recommended by a friend. We usually have the same taste in books, but I found this book annoying. I listened a second time and had to stop. I could possibly be the age of the characters. I have no interest in going tot the next book.
Watching Travis Maddox evolve.
The whole fire scene.
No, this was my first audiobook.
When Abby tells Travis to go home and he said "you are my home." Ugh! Just rip my heart out!
This book is definitely a very, very, young adult-styled novel. I mean, the couple is cute, they would do anything for each other an the likes. Some of the lifestyles in the book are kind of awkward, but I mean McGuire is trying to add some tension/excitement to the young readers.
Abby Abernathy is a girl entering the college with the hope to escape from her past, leading to obviously meeting Travis Maddox who's a bad, baddd boy that she was hoping to not meet! Well, they fell for each other.
There are turns in the books but it kinds of get old that Travis is very well obsessed with Abby while she is trying to lie and hide her feeling for him. The romance moves fast in this book and she keeps switching back and forth, running away and giving in.
The book is overall entertaining and I would have given it a 3.5, but that doesn't exist here (ha). Great narration from Emma Galvin! And I love Abby's bestfriend (America).
The story line, character development, everything.
That she would encourage this sort of relationship at all ... she's doing a disservice to the young people by promoting such a dysfunctional and truly ugly "relationship".
Her voice was whining and annoying throughout, even when she wasn't "acting" the characters,
It is very rare that I do not finish a book, but this was one of them. I kept hoping it would get better, to no avail. Do not buy this book, not even worth it if it is free. And I love all sorts of genres...
I thought this was a very sweet story. The ending was GREAT! It felt like it took a little bit too long to get to the end. There was a lot of repetitive back and forth between the characters that seemed to not end. I found myself frustrated with Abby at times since she seemed to be so confused on her feelings. However at the end, I understood her motives more.
I am very excited to listen to Walking Disaster. The voice actor sounds amazing for the voice of Travis. One thing that bothered me about listening to Emma as Abby is that she made Travis sound like a 14 year old boy from Brooklyn. It was hard to really get the sense of him being a sexy bad boy. So hoping to get that more with Walking Disaster.
Very sweet story and I think it will be even better as a movie. A lot of great visuals with action that will be great on the big screen. The author did a great job building dramatic emotions.
Loved Travis. I think there is a lot more to him than we find out. But I am excited to learn more about him in Walking Disaster.
She did a great job in the female characters. I really liked the differences between America and Abby. However her voice with Travis sounded like he was a 14 year old boy from Brooklyn.
It took me a little bit of time to get into this story. But the ending was so great that it made the wait worth it.
I loved the storyline and characters in this book. How can you not fall in love with Travis!
Emma did an ok job narrating this book. Although I hated the "accent" she used for the voice of Travis... was it boston or new jersey... not sure but I guess it was not the "voice" i would have picked for the character. I am not a huge fan of woman deepening their voices to do the male voices as it sounds like a female faking a male voice which is not sexy to hear.
This is a really great book. I read both Beautiful Disaster and Walking Disaster and enjoyed them both. I love hearing the same book in both perspectives and it will typically explain things that are going on in the background of the story. Travis was charming and annoying all at the same time but always in a good way. At times, I felt like Abby was always waiting for Travis to screw up as she runs away before he has a chance to explain. however, I found myself overlooking Abby's personality when you find out more about her past. Great book and i recommend reading Travis's story Walking Disaster.