If you’ve been following my reviews, then you probably know how much I love bad boys. If you’re a new reader, then now you know. So, it’s really not that surprising that Anne Pfeffer’s GIRLS LOVE TRAVIS WALKER easily wormed its way into my heart.
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
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….
Travis Walker may look like a celebrity but he is far from one. When their cash suddenly runs dry, nineteen-year-old Travis is forced to leave all the partying and the girls behind to pay the bills and take care of his mother who seems to have forgotten she had a son at all. With bills to pay and stomachs to fill, Travis drops out of school and finds work to earn enough money to keep them afloat. But what decent job can a high school drop out get?
Even after finding a steady job doing hard manual labor, what little he earns still is not enough. Travis finds himself struggling to survive each day, even if it meant volunteering at the local community center in exchange for food to take home to feed his mother.
This is where he meets Zoey, the girl who finally reaches out to him like no other girl has ever done before. Travis knows all about the female sex. In fact, they practically worship the ground he walks on. But every connection he has made with a girl has been superficial at best. Zoey intrigues him. She makes him feel things he has never felt before. And now, the one girl who he’s finally determined to make his is the one girl who’s always just out of reach.
Girls Love Travis Walker really appealed to me in the sense that it’s more than just your typical YA Contemporary Romance novel. For me, it felt a lot like a redemption story. Travis’ redemption story. When shit hit the fan, it was easy to see how shaken up a person could be but I admired Travis’ character as he takes each punch life throws at him and gets up stronger than ever. Of course, this only adds yet another level of bad bay hotness to Travis. Ann Pfeffer made him so much more than a pretty face and that’s exactly what I love about him as a character.
Even after everything he is going through, we see Travis’ determination to make it all better. His desire to set his life right is tangible. I can practically taste his desperation as he claws his way up his shithole of a life and make something more out of it, something more than what people expect from him… become something better than a high school drop out on the road to nowhere.
Despite of the bad boy persona, Travis Walker is just one giant softie on the inside. He’s smart, he’s dedicated, he’s determined, and he’s basically any girl’s dream guy (well, this girl at least). He’s got a heart of gold but sssshhhh, we don’t want to ruin his bad ass reputation, now do we? It’s utterly endearing how he helps his mom through everything (a bad boy who’s also a mama’s boy? Now THAT is one hell of an adorable combo… but don’t tell him I said that!). As bad as their situation is, he never failed to think about what was best for his mom. Every thing he does, he does it for her.
He may act like a cocky bastard most of the time but that’s just it, it’s mostly just an act. We get to see the real Travis Walker and okay he’s still cocky, but bastard would be the last word I’d use to describe him.
It was so fun to read Ann Pfeffer’s GIRLS LOVE TRAVIS WALKER. As a reader, I can’t help but fall in love with Travis right from the start. It was a breeze to read and I love how easy going the story telling is. The author was able to channel and translate Travis Walker’s personality into her writing and it’s a real treat to put myself in Travis’s shoes as I read the book.