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Friday, April 11, 2014

Girls Love Travis Walker by Anne Pfeffer [Blog Tour, Review & Giveaway]

Contemporary Fiction
Publication.Date  March 15th 2014
Published By:  Amazon Digital Services
WebsiteAnne Pfeffer

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My review copy:I received a copy of this book from the author, in exchange for an honest review. 

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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….

You're really awesome, you know that? And I meant it. But this is what's weird about girls and guys. When I say, you're awesome, I mean you're awesome. But when a girl hears you're awesome, it's almost as if her girl's brain transforms it into something totally different. Like I'll call you tomorrow.
I couldn't believe I was starting to see living in my car as one of my better options.  
My future? The words spilled out. Do you really think I have one? For so long, I'd seen no way out of the quicksand that was my life. Her light grey eyes turned dark, and her glance was almost fierce. You have a great future, Travis. And it's not in brush clearance. Well, when she put it that way. I didn't know where her faith in me came from, but I hoped she was right.

This story was about Travis Walker, a 19yr old kid, who got dealt the short straw in life. It is about how he copes by keeping his pride in tact, not letting many people in and trying his best to just get by. Once one bad thing would happen, it seemed as if a snowball effect took place and his whole world crumbled. A lot of the time I was scrunching my face up while reading this book because let's face it no one wants to see a kid have to deal with such hardships and Travis Walker sure had a lot of them.

A book that just has to be read to the very end because you can't leave until you know how things turn out. This is a story about fighting for your dreams, not letting adversity defeat you and realizing that there is always, always someone there to hold your hand. I wasn't expecting to be so moved by this story, but I was. I wasn't expecting to cry happy and sad tears during this book, but I did.

Travis is such an amazing spectacular character, you can't help but to fall in love with him. On the surface people thought he had it all. He was good looking, could get any girl he wanted and usually did but there was so much more to him underneath all that. He was a typical guy in certain scenes that just made you groan and then another scene would take place and you were back to loving him once more.

Zoey was the girl that worked at the community center with Travis. He helped her with the lunch rush between his day job and they became fast friends. Zoey was the girl who passed her friend Kat a letter about why Kat should go out with Travis. Zoey was the girl who had a boyfriend and a serious one at that. But Zoey was also a complex character too in this story. She was on her way to a bright future and just wanted to help out whoever she could along the way.

All the subplots in this book just fit in so well. There was the chance to be a fire fighter, the community center scenes, the scenes of Travis at home with his mom battling all sorts of things, his high school experience and so much more. The author did a great job at telling the story of this boy named Travis who did so much but ended up with so little. Heartwarming....

Funny, touching, and so interesting, this is a book that will inspire you with its characters and overall realness till the end!

About the Author

Hi! I grew up in Phoenix, Arizona, where I lived out in the desert and had a bay quarter horse named Dolly. If I wasn't riding, I was holed up somewhere reading Laura Ingalls Wilder or the Oz books or, later on, Jane Eyre and The Grapes of Wrath. Horses eventually faded as an interest, but I ended up with a lifelong love of books and reading.

After college and eight years of living in cold places like Chicago and New York, I escaped back to the land of sunshine. I live in Los Angeles, California, near a large rotating neon chicken head with my daughter and my dachshund Taco. I have worked in banking and as a pro bono attorney, doing adoptions and guardianships for abandoned children.

As a writer, I'd always been interested in children's books, since they had meant so much to me as a kid. I found I especially liked writing books for teens. I've published three books in the Young / New Adult category and have now switched gears. My next book will be a fantasy for third and fourth graders.


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