Monday, April 21, 2014

Review ~ Girls Love Travis Walker by Anne Pfeffer

Girls Love Travis WalkerTitle: Girls Love Travis Walker
Author: Anne Pfeffer
Genre: Mature YA Contemporary Romance
Published: March 15th 2013







To nineteen-year-old high school dropout Travis Walker, women are like snowflakes--each one different, but beautiful in her own way.

He can charm any girl he meets, and yet down deep he fears he'll always be a loser like his jailbird father. As the landlady threatens to evict him and his sick mother, Travis takes a job he hates and spends his evenings picking up girls at a nearby night spot.

When he enlists in a teen program at the local fire station, he finds out he’s amazing at it. Then he meets the smoking hot Kat Summers, enlists Kat’s friend Zoey to help him woo her, and falls in love for the first time ever.

But he keeps the details of his life secret. His girl will never love him back if she knows the truth about him….
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When I began reading this book, I thought that Travis was a bit of a jerk, giving the school counsellor the run around, and going out and using girls. It soon becomes apparent that he’s like that to hide what is truly bothering him; his home life. This story is more about a guy, down on his luck, struggling with day to day life, who wants to make a better life for himself.

It was interesting to see the complications that Travis has had to deal with. His father is gone, his mother’s not well and it’s up to Travis to get the money for rent. He works as much as he can, to try and avoid being evicted. Even at lunch times he volunteers at the community center so that he can bring meals home for his mother and himself. He gets into the Discoverers program at the local firestation and has finally found a passion that he wants to pursue.

Along the way there are obstacles that Travis has to deal with and it seems to become a losing battle. I was smiling at the good times, but I often shed a tear when things were looking bad for him and his mother. It seems unreal to know that people go through these types of things and are left with nothing. But Travis never lost hope and his will and determination got him through. He really is a fantastic guy and I was hoping things would turn out ok for him.

Of course there is a romantic relationship thrown in that turned the player into an honourable guy; a girl from the community center. She was able to give Travis more purpose, but being a guy in trouble, he didn’t open up to her and tell her his troubles. I liked seeing their relationship building slowly; it was sweet and didn’t begin immediately.

I enjoyed Anne Pfeffer’s writing style, as we breezed through some times of Travis’ life, and I really enjoyed the male POV. It was amusing to see him unravel his thoughts and see what he was thinking. He is really a good guy hidden by his looks and charm. The details of fire fighting life – the drills and training that they go though – were interesting too. But the thing that I loved about this story was the ups and downs and how emotionally connected I felt to Travis that he brought tears to my eyes. I really enjoyed this book and I will definitely scope out more from this author in the future!

I just wanted to thank Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction for this book! I won it in her Blogoversary giveaway! 


12 comments :

  1. Wow, sounds like a lot that he is overcoming and life doesn't stop giving him obstacles, but I enjoy a well written male POV

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  2. I love when characters are deeper than they appear! I do like the sound of Travis (I do enjoy a male's POV now and then). Great review!!

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  3. Yes, this book definitely made me cry, which I wasn't expecting. Travis' life heads in a really scary direction and I thought that Pfeffer did an amazing job of making that reality feel, well, real. It was heartbreaking to me to think that people really find themselves in those sorts of situations. Glad you loved it!

    Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction

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  4. I'm glad you loved this, Naomi. It's been on my tbr. The title and cover do make it seem like it's gonna be a lighter read so I'm glad to know it has depth. Great review!!

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  5. That's exactly right Brandi, just when he has things on track something else comes up.

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  6. I do too. Nice to switch it up occasionally!

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  7. I know what you mean. It happens all over the world and Pfeffer wrote it perfectly! Thanks for getting me onto this book Nicole!

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  8. It certainly does.... it really tugs on your heart at times. I think you'd really like this one too!

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  9. Hey - question for you. When you add your Amazon affiliate link (image) do you do anything besides just copy the code and paste it into the html section? I recently signed up to be an affiliate, but when I try to put the type of link that you used in, I just get a blank space on my blog. Wondering if I'm missing a step somehow?

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  10. Is it a blank spot in your preview? It does that to me as well because Chrome doesn't like it when I build the post. But once the post is live it's fine. I usually have to click on a icon in the address bar if I want to load all "unsafe script" to see it prior.

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  11. Ah ha! I've never actually tried publishing because it always looked like it didn't work in the preview. Glad I asked - thanks!

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  12. Anytime girl! Glad to help out!

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