Girls Love Travis Walker by Anne Pfeffer

This is the second book I’ve read by Anne Pfeffer.  I first read The Wedding Cake Girl and after reading Girls Love Travis Walker I can absolutely say without a doubt that I love Anne Pfeffer’s writing.  Her storytelling abilities are uncanny and she has a way of portraying both teenagers and young adults with deep emotion that usually consists of first love and the trials that come along with it.  Be sure to check out the rest of my review after the excerpt.

Book Blurb:

17456388To 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….

Excerpt:

Only fifteen minutes since I’d entered the halls of Perdido High School and already the beady eye of authority was upon me. I hadn’t even done anything wrong.

Yet.

“Travis!” Ms. Valenzuela called out to me from the door of the guidance office. Although she was getting old, maybe into her early forties, she hadn’t let herself go. She had great legs, which were hidden today by her lime green pants.

“Yo.” I loped over and unleashed a grin that combined sincere remorse for my failings with my irresistible charm.

She pursed her lips. “Don’t start with me, Travis.”

I led the way to her office and took my usual chair while she sat at the desk across from me. “New picture,” I said, nodding to the updated photo of her two daughters. “Kelsi and … Julianne, right?”

She struggled to keep back a smile. “Yes, Travis. Those are their names.”

“Fifth and seventh grade, right?”

“Yes, Travis.” Now she was smiling for sure.

Maybe it was my blue-green eyes, or maybe my granite abs, but I could always get women to smile at me.

Ms. Valenzuela opened my folder. “Six more absences since your last visit to my office. Plus numerous missed homework assignments. You’re this close to suspension.” She held up her thumb and index finger a millimeter apart.

“I have to work, Ms. Val,” I said. “Gotta get ahead, you know.” I had a promising position as a bus boy at Jake’s Burgers.

“How many hours are you working these days?”

“As many as I can get, whenever I can get ‘em.”

“You can’t cut back?” She knew she couldn’t push me that hard. My family’s sudden move to Los Angeles in November of my junior year, coupled with my erratic attendance at Perdido High, had screwed up my graduation credits. With all my former classmates in college, I was starting my senior year, again, at age nineteen.

“I can’t get weekend shifts at Jake’s,” I told Ms.Val.

She didn’t like me working there, but she should just be glad I wasn’t following in the path of my father, who knocked over a convenience mart a year ago and ended up in prison for armed robbery. Mom had gone to visit him, but I refused. He could rot there for all I cared.

“You’ve got one school year left to graduate. I want to see you get that high school diploma, Travis. Or a GED at least.” Between her fingers, she rolled a pen. It was the cheap kind the school district bought that wrote for about five minutes before it crapped out on you.

“Yeah, well, we’re about to get evicted,” I said, “so that’s kind of rearranged my priorities.”

Review:

Girls Love Travis Walker is a wonderfully written story about a boy who has to make tough choices.  Choices that could change his life for the better or worse.  It truly was an emotional story.  I think the most unique part was that the story was told in the boy’s point of view.  I find that to be unique considering the emotional turmoil that goes on between Travis and his mom along with his and Zoey’s relationship.  I think this story had a lot of depth and the characters were very well-developed.  Overall, it was a great addition to the New Adult genre.  I would recommend this to anyone who loves a good love story and a story where lessons are learned and good things do happen to those who wait.

I’d like to thank Reading Addiction book tours for letting me have a spot on this tour.  If your interested in more information about Girls Love Travis Walker you can go to Barnes and Noble, Amazon or any other book retailer.

Author Bio:

Anne Pfeffer is the author of Any Other Night and The Wedding Cake Girl.  She lives in Los Angeles, CA.

 

Review and Giveaway: The Wedding Cake Girl by Anne Pfeffer

Today I am lucky to be spotlighting and offering a giveaway for Anne Pfeffer, author of The Wedding Cake Girl.  Be sure to check out my review after the awesome excerpt.  Also, don’t forget to enter the awesome giveaway.

Date Published: July 24, 2012

Synopsis:

Seventeen-year-old Alexandra spends so much time helping others realize their dreams

that she never has time for her own. An expert ocean diver and reluctant maker of

wedding cakes, she longs to leave roses and frosting behind to study oceanography.

Alex’s mother won’t have it—needy and dependent, Mom can’t run the family wedding

cake business on her own.

No matter what Alex does, things only get worse for her. When she saves a man’s life

while scuba diving and becomes the local hero, Mom’s angry with Alex for going diving

at all. Mom discourages Alex’s new friendship with Jeremy, a fun and insanely wealthy

boy who happens to have a secret. Then, Alex’s best friend, Zack, a hunky island guy,

starts to take an interest in her as well. The problem is, he’s dating another girl.

If she doesn’t do something fast, Alex will spend her life making wedding cakes and be

buried in her “Sue’s Wedding Cakery” apron with a spatula in her hand.

The Wedding Cake Girl features a colorful island setting, dangerous underwater diving

adventures, a family of billionaires, and lots and lots of buttercream. The book is Alex’s

journey toward not only finding love, but learning how to step forward and take control of

her own life, a rite of passage that faces all young readers.

Excerpt:

Someone with a whimsical imagination must have named the streets in Paradise. I head down Cinnamon Street to Carousel Avenue and turn left. It takes me all of one minute to get to Dizzy’s Dive. Fishnets full of carefully preserved sea life cover the walls. Amidst the motionless crabs and swordfish, a soccer game blares from ten TVs. Brazil’s playing Italy.

I squeeze my way through the tables. Zack’s already sitting at the counter. Technically, since Dizzy’s is a full-fledged liquor-slinging establishment, Zack and I are not allowed on the premises. But seeing as how Dizzy Malone is Zack’s uncle, and Spike Malone, Zack’s dad, is Chief of Police, there’s no one to turn us in or arrest us. Zack and I have been hanging at Dizzy’s since we were little, slugging down sodas and sitting near Dizzy at the bar, where he could keep an eye on us.

Zack listens to the person beside him, grinning broadly, his smile white against his tan. I love the way he’s always himself, always calm and centered. A couple of girls walk by, checking him out, but he’s waving to me.

It’s okay if Zack’s with Rosie, I try to convince myself. After all, I was the one who stupidly said it was better to be just friends.

Three months ago, Zack and I went mountain biking and stopped to rest on a hillside. I lay in a patch of sun with my eyes closed, while Zack walked around nearby. I heard him rustling in the grass, but didn’t know what he was doing until I sat up, opened my eyes, and found him holding out a bunch of wildflowers. To me.

I leaned forward, admiring the island poppies and Arroyo lupine in his hand. “The flowers are great this spring, with all the rain we’ve gotten!” Then I looked up.

He had a half-embarrassed, half-determined expression on his face. “They’re for you,” he said.

“Oh!” In shock, I took them and sat there, looking down at them, not knowing what to say.

“I thought that maybe I should ask you out on a date. That is,” he added, “if you’re interested.” He put on this “just-kidding” expression that masked the shy and serious Zack underneath and gave him an escape route if needed.

But the word “date” meant one thing: my mother and her men. I would never live in that world or let it touch what I had with Zack.

“I don’t do dates!” The words flew out of me. I scrambled to my feet, the flowers falling from my hand. “Your friendship means too much to me.”

“Yeah, I know, me too,” he said, suddenly busy brushing off his shorts with angry little strokes.

“Zack, I….” I knew I’d hurt him, but I didn’t know how to undo what I’d done. “Now I’ve dropped your flowers!” I wailed, trying to pick them up out of the long grass.

“Don’t worry about it.” He stalked off toward his mountain bike.

“Wait!”

“Forget it.” He asked Rosie out the very next day.

I haven’t been able to fix my mistake. We’re still friends and diving partners, but it’s not the same.

Review: 

This was a wonderfully story full of emotional teenage angst which will force the reader to relive all of those horrible teenage moments.  Moments like your first love and frustration with your parents and the beginnings of making choices for yourself.  I loved the character of Alex.  She knows what she wants and tries to do what she can to become who she wants to become.  Alex is forced to put so many people in front of herself that it becomes frustrating at times.  Also, her love triangle with Zach and Jeremy really is good, but again very frustrating.

Overall, I think this book is definitely one to read.  But, I must warn you.  You will finish this book and still be wracked with the emotions that it has stirred in you from your own coming of age.  The characters are well-developed for teenagers and at times the adults seem more like needy children and teenagers than the teens do.  You really route for Alex to find what she wants and you just want to give her the support you find her support system is lacking.  I would definitely recommend this book for anyone who likes a good Young Adult novel.

I would like to thank Anne Pfeffer for allowing me to read this terrific novel and Reading Addiction Blog tours for letting me host this tour stop.  For more information about Anne Pfeffer click on her links below.  For more information about The Wedding Cake Girl you can check it out on Barnes and Nobel, Amazon or any other book retailer.

Giveaway:

To be entered in the giveaway just tell me what your favorite kind of sweet treat is and be sure to leave your email address so I may contact the winner.

Author Bio:

Anne Pfeffer lives in Los Angeles near a large rotating neon chicken head with her

daughter and her dachshund Taco.

Contact Links:

Website: www.annepfeffer.com

Twitter: AnnePfeffer1

*Disclosure of Material Connection: I am a member of Reading Addiction Blog Tours and a copy of this book was provided to me by the author. Although payment may have been received by Reading Addiction Blog Tours, no payment was received by me in exchange for this review. There was no obligation to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are entirely my own and may not necessarily agree with those of the author, publisher, publicist, or readers of this review. This disclosure is in accordance with the Federal Trade Commision’s 16 CFR, Part 255, Guides Concerning Use of Endorcements and Testimonials in Advertising*

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