TItle: Girls Love Travis Walker
Author: Anne Pfeffer
About the book: 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….
My thoughts: I was all set not to like Travis since it seemed like he was going to be a perpetual one-night stand. But then I found out he really wasn't. Early in the story he comes upon a crash and calls 9-1-1, helps one man stop bleeding, and leads rescuers to another one who had gone over a cliff. He was intoxicated with the rush when the firefighters went over the ledge and saved the man's life. The firefighters were pretty impressed with him as well and invited him to visit the fire station.
Through a program they offered for high school students, he soon found himself really believing that he could have a future as a fireman, the catch was that he had dropped out of high school. Now, he didn't drop out just because he was lazy. His dad was in prison and his mom was sick so it was up to him to take care of her. The only work he could find was during school hours. The money he made barely covered rent and soon he was volunteering at a soup kitchen in order to bring home food for him and his mom to eat. It was there that he met the girl that would change his life and his attitude towards dating.
I had a lot of respect for Travis, except for the fact that he didn't trust anyone and so wouldn't even let those closest to him know how down on his luck he and his mom were. He had to hit rock bottom and not even then was he willing to ask for help. I would like to read another book about Travis and see where his life heads after Girls Love Travis Walker.
~I received a complimentary ecopy of Girls Love Travis Walker from Reading Addiction Book Tours in exchange for my unbiased review.~