Home / Book Reviews / Review: Girls Love Travis Walker by Anne Pfeffer

Review: Girls Love Travis Walker by Anne Pfeffer

Anne Pfeffer, the author of Girls Love Travis Walker, is working in a relatively new niche in publishing, the New Adult genre. New Adult novels are aimed at readers from ages 18 to early-20s or so, and tend to feature characters of the same age in situations common to college students and/or people who are just beginning to create lives independent of their parents. (I think even younger readers would enjoy this book, too, but be warned that the language and sexual content might be a little more than some parents of younger teens are willing to condone.) Though Pfeffer has written several previous books in this genre, all published within the last few years, this is the first I’ve read. I assure you, it will not be the last.

Despite the genre, the title of this book had me expecting something very like a teen romance. While there is romance aplenty in this wonderful novel, Girls Love Travis Walker is far more than that. Even the blurb that accompanied the book sells this book short.

The plot itself is straightforward enough. Nineteen-year-old Travis Walker has fallen on hard times. His father is in prison, and his mother is increasingly incapable of getting out of bed, much less getting a job. Travis is forced to drop out of high school in order to support himself and his mother. Travis is a bright, good-looking charmer who desperately wants to avoid becoming a loser like his father (and increasingly his mother), but is rapidly running out of options. He finds work cutting brush, and takes on a volunteer job that provides free food for him and his mother. Even so, he is not making enough to keep the landlady happy, and her threats of eviction are becoming more serious.

After a chance encounter with a fire department, Travis is invited to join a teen program that prepares young people to become firefighters. He discovers that he loves firefighting and is good at it. Meanwhile, he meets a girl he really cares for, unlike his usual one-night stands. For the first time, Travis has hope: the possibility of meaningful work that he is good at and enjoys, and a relationship with someone he really loves. However, the obstacles created by his poverty, lack of education, and unwillingness to ask for help threaten to dash his hopes for a better future.

The book is well-written and well-edited. Pfeffer’s characters are nuanced and delightful. The story is nicely paced with a balance of tension and resolution that kept me turning pages. But what really makes this book lovely is harder to describe. Pfeffer shows enormous empathy and insight into the complications and humiliations of poverty and homelessness without ever seeming saccharine or preachy. She presents a credible and inspirational lesson for surviving difficult times without making her book seem even remotely like it intends to teach or inspire. She made me cry without once resorting to cheap tear-jerking techniques. I predict you will be hearing more about this talented new author. I know that I will spend the time waiting for her next book by catching up on her previous titles.



Barnes & Noble


moduretic amiloride and hydrochlorothiazide precose dosage for benadryl metformin 500mg side effects en espanol does viagera help women cheap eltroxin no prescription celecoxib capsules 100mg free cialis trial pack cialis 5g best price 5mg cialis cost of singulair without insurance eltroxin tablets 50mcg vytorin cholesterol drug price prodotto 87 esomeprazole 20 mg ceftin for sinus infection dosage retin a cream wo script florinef side effects viagra for women pink pill hyzaar side effects with alcohol valacyclovir hcl 1000mg glucophage xr 1000 mg glipizide side effects dose can metformin be taken when mensurating folcres mexico vacations prednisolone acetate ophthalmic suspension usp 1 dog casodex prostate cancer treatment very very cheap viagra buy cialis online forum seroflo inhaler buy cheap clonazepam zofran odt 4mg price sofilex capsules vs softgels buy prescription cough syrup online colchicine gout treatment naprosyn side effects in elderly insurance company ratings am best westhroid medication reviews lidocaine cream over counter duphaston pregnancy side effects minocin antibiotic side effects discount code for all pills shop lozol side effects zovirax medication for children viamedic coupon code viagra without a doctor walgreens otc asthma medicine buy name brand viagra diamox side effects altitude sickness provigil depression side effects effexor and weight loss medication zofran for children dosage medrol side effects how much is adderall without insurance aciclovir for sale cyprodin precios promethazine hcl 6.25 mg bactrim and alcohol intake irbesartan hydrochlorothiazide 300/25mg online qsymia buy from canada lipitor side effects muscle pain degeneration viagra tablets online viagra in hyderabad increasing testosterone levels in men naturally maxalt migraine generic abilify weight gain drug buy flagyl 400 mg shipping methotrexate misoprostol order buy clomid tablets online viagra buy houston venlafaxine hcl er 75mg androgel coupons abbott cialis guenstig novolog flexpen needles ketazol tablets for toddlers norlevo torrinomedica permixon clindamycin phosphate gel 1 side effects pharmacy express scam vilches ateneo vardenafil 20 mg no prescription generic viagra suppliers uk cheap cialis 20mg online viagrawithoutprescription us benicar hct side effects webmd tablete za mrsavljenje ananas kemadrin 5mg melatonin buy zanaflex online overnight delivery ciproxin hc ear drops trimetabol in capsulestrimixgeltrustedrxukkamagrauroxatral lipitor online no prescription periostat for rosacea roxifen gel nail alli best buy misoprostol induction protocol buy cheap doxycycline prandin 0.5 mg provigil online purchaseproviron vitamin b12 deficiency anemia online pharmacy slimex sildenafil citrate 100mg pills side effects vimax malaysia dealer careprost bimatoprost ophthalmic solution 0.03 minocycline side effects cant sleep display pictures of accutane packing prozac uses and side effects depression tramadol side effects medications for dogs ciales puerto rico pictures san juan purchasing clonidine ordering zoloft without a script flagyl antibiotic used to treat bacterial vaginosis lamisil generic tablets metazole tablets with keyboards furosemide 40 mg medication cialis 100 mgs of clomid without a prescription brand viagra vytorin generic available kamagra from india long lasting cialis kelnor without prescription buspirone side effects weight gain chloroquine resistant malaria prophylaxis claritin side effects for children desogen generic apri buy diovan from india provigil 200 mg price pilex tablets side effects kamagrafast crooks n dutasteride vs finasteride cost nitrazepam dosage of tylenol orlistat no prescription elimite no prescription keflex antibiotic dosage zyban smoking medication disgrasil orlistat precious metal prices nexium side effects treatment nexium 40mg esomeprazole side effects orlistat diet pills online no scrip cialis vitamix reviews qvc myambutol ethambutol dosage buy stieva a cream vistaril and pregnancy contractions indocin dosage gout zolpidem medication side effects how much do viagra cost lamictal side effects medication protonix 40 mg over the counter free cialis sample pack cytotec consecuencias thyroxine without a prescription in uk iraplax orlistat 120mg estradiol cream estrogen isoniazid and alcohol altace medication dosage bactrim ds dosage for sinus infection cialis 5mg generic sale clindamycin phosphate lotion asthma attack at night viagra tropfen kamagrafast comcast perlutex information processing magnesium deficiency symptoms leaves will there be a primatene mist replacement promethazine with codeine syrup dose illegal viagra diamox sequels 500 mg cap sdmd propecia for womens hair loss trichologist tadalafil 20mg lowest price brand levitra discount elocon 0.1 cialis non script for around 50 dollars strattera usa overnight rimadyl 25mg dogs dosage berifen 100 srca advantage federal credit union rochester ny mirtazapine for cats with renal failure detrol samples forum ordering clomid online uk tantalum oxide lens soft viagra tabs fgr 100 generic viagra best legal on line site to buy cialis prednisone eye drops orderpharma accutane baby cabaser cabergoline dosage levitra 20 mg tablet pinamox pinewood studios vidalta 10mg prednisone frumil fortegames otc viagra body alignment nutrition macrodantin 50 mg dosage generic cialis for less atomoxetine hydrochloride patch levitra coupons from viamedic cefa tabs without prescription xenical weight loss stories neurontin medication uses amikacin sulfate solution cipralex alcohol yasmine petty bio what is betanoid tablets used for glucotrol side effects glipizide medication mefenamic acid 500mg what is terramycin ointment for humans citalopram 20 mg dose online viagra purchase vente tadafil 689 buy liquid antibiotics online does viagra make you bigger phenergan suppository pregnancy viagra generica barata peru buspar xanax benzodiazepines calis tablets for sale levitra brand for sale spiriva side effects medication levita for sale no prescription where to buy elimite over the counter femara drug interactions ciprobay 500mg information extenze reviews mens health eulexin schering plough research valium side effects in elderly best over the counter viagra red 7 pill brand viagra uk ortho 777 online without a prescription how long for viagra to work zovirax cream ointment prospect peritol sirop vytorin generic simvastatin coversyl side effects medicine cipa canadian approved pharmacies viagra coupons printable imiquimod side effects blog tijuana pharmacy medications viagra canada 50 mg pharmacy effexor side effects with alcohol vosteran removal instructions doxepin medication for hives diarex polishing pads depakote withdrawal symptoms drug reliable online pharmacy canada actavis promethazine codeine for sale canada prescription online no perscription acyclovir in the us abilify without a prescription buy thyroxine in usa on line mupirocin uses in dogs albuterolnoprescription reviews mincorp mining zocor medication interactions furosemide online rezeptfrei famciclovir for shingles dosage antibiotic minocin side effects norvasc medication 2.5 diovan hct side effects forum advair hfa inhaler coupon isoptin sr 240 mg of caffeine generic subutex images artane side effects trihexyphenidyl 2mg buying ativan in mexico salzarex vardenafil levitra buy viagra super active online cialis supreme suppliers nexium ingredients buy lasix online vistaril for anxiety during pregnancy adderall xr dosages available haloperidol side effects dose amoxicillin dosage for cats chewable female viagra azithromycin no script levitra canadian pharmacy 1mg finasteride no prescription colchicine levofloxacin 500 mg usage costco travel packages grathazon dexamethasone does generic propecia work viagra without a prescription usa crestor savings card opus health liposafe gnc bactrim ds online no prescription cleocin t lotion www online generic kamagra onlaintv ntvspor digoxin side effects taking metformin without prescription zoloft without insurance generic for lo ovral 28 mesterolone steroid forummetformina brand levitra sales what is tizanidine 4mg zanaflextolchicinetopiramate fda approved contrave weight loss drugcorega buy real levitra pergotime 50mg clomid side effect of eltroxin tablets where to buy luvox pills digoxina in english what is a thespian clotrimazole and betamethasone dipropionate lotion venlafaxine er 37.5mg reviews cialis store proventil inhaler medication drug viagra et maladie du coeur iraplax orlistat 120mg cheap lisinopril hctz side effects for men cialis 5mg lilly online pharmacy that take paypal fertomid and clomidfinax ramicomp genericons furadonin wikipedia free viagra by check azitromicina on line effexor reviews for anxiety eisai aciphex patient assistance programacitabacivir enalapril maleate medication side effects weight loss injections colcrys side effects clomid and twins 2005 apo sildenafil 50 mg kemadrin tablets amaryl medication vosteran search provider ventolin evohaler buy buy perictian uk alli online shopping in canada dapoxetine online purchase walgreens employee website company employer flagylindia paypal direct rx online glipizide medication for diabetes chlamydia treatment antibiotics for sale allegra d 12 hour coupons provera medicine taking zofran ex medoflucon fluconazole for dogs where to buy prednisolone for dogs cafergot bestellen nexium 40mg esomeprazole drugs generic nexium raymeds reviews for fifty flagyl antibiotic regenon romania pentru glipizide and metformin hydrochloride propecia side effects treatment original viagra in pakistan cyclidox tablets at walmart buy lantus solostar rumafen medicine cabinets comprar cialis paypal generic synthroid for sale ditropan xl where to buy viagra in india lorinol tablets sale amoxilcillin overnight no prescription doxazosin cardura medication prdering levitra viagra online cialis generic with paypal catafast 50 mg viagra baytril for rats for sale viagra before and after pics effexor xr side effects sweating lisinopril 20mg online pharmacy online cialis noprescription paypal mebendazole or albendazole arthritis of the spine can you take valtrex and breastfeedingvalvirexvantin non script toradol maxolon medication cyclo progynova tablets clavupen gutis maximus berodual prezzo real viagra for sale online 178 diane stretton clomid and twins next stage stanozolol side effects in dogs isoptin sr 240 mg caffeine lilly cialis in canada search http ontariovolleyballchampio promethazine 25 mg tablet increasing breast milk supply after 9 months cheapest prozac online ranigast max cena atenolol buy uk losartan potassium 50 mg remeron dosage for anxiety expres cialis salzarex thyroxine t4 rimadyl for dogs side effects aciphex 20mg medication doctor eprex injection administration stepseprostol digoxin sales metformin cheap best viagra tablets in india awc canadian pharmacy viagra navidoxine meclizine hydrochloride side viagra canada pharmacy legit donepezil hcl tabs nootropil 800 information customer seroquel side effects in the elderly primatene mist inhaler canada viagra in usa overnight tramadol overnight mastercard cat zithromax oral suspension fungsi metronidazole cabaser dosages stilnox 10mg medication buy levitra online in australia arcoxia 90mg tablete macrobid for uti nitrazepam dosage for melatonin alli trippy bikini estrogen pills uk vega 100 online italia pramipexole dihydrochloride 0.5 acnelyse gelato silagra side effects noroxin antibiotics flovent inhaler dutasteride avodart side effects minocycline without prescription restonite ambien addiction qsymia cost precio sildenafil en ginebra starcef cefixime for gonorrhea bay cialis fast shipping atrovent inhaler contraindications vicodin dosage by weight tamsulosin side effects vendita cialis professional buy metronizadole online paypal floxin ear drops side effects levitra sweden revista kosovarja prednisone with paypal venlafaxine 37.5mg and weight loss promethazine vc syrup drug rx drug support gupisone prednisolone 5 mg usage of water furadoine 50mg uk dieta de la sopa can to much visgra have opposite fffect imiquimod 5 cream packet clotrimazole lozenges eldepryl manufacturer coupons side effects of generic plavix buy doxycycline hyclate 100mg acne lexapro side effects sexual dysfunction how much does viagra cost per pill risnia syrup of black testosterone gel androgel reviews can u snort generic strattera tesco pharmacy viagra desyrel trazodone hydrochloride zenerx in stores finasteride 5 mg prices erectalis 20mg hydrocodone best viagra online pharmacy mobicool mobile refrigeration repair vitamix recipes weight loss reminyl er 8 mg democratic socialism lady era tablets xanax dosage for panic attacks albuterol sulfate syrup 2mg 5ml highest strength cialis buy synthroid 200 mcg no rx polarmeds in canada the executive branch over the counter inhaler vrdrug forum energy medicstar reviews on apidexin arimidex breast cancer length of treatment belgium viagra cozaar blood pressure pill tadalfil 20mg lipitor vs crestor cost natija dyal 9wilbat aliviosin dyal ghold levitra vs cialis vs viagra cost 1 carprofen dose for humans cuckold creek hollywood md exelon stock price today fat&t yasmine hamdan hal lyrics tegretol bipolar medication insulin resistance and weight loss need diamox 250mg in middle east trental 400mg adalat ppt buy cheap pfizer xalacom nexium otc vs prescription amermycin 100mg clomid potenz mittel fanegada en metrosouth trazodone for insomnia side effects coversyl 4mg lanoxin 0.125 mg daily midamor manufacturer coupons allopurinol dosage administration diazepam for dogs dose for anxiety increasing sperm count diet amoxicillen buy online fucidin cold sores astelin generic name