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Posted February 18, 2012
A Quiet Stunner
The characters in this book are so incredibly real. They frustrate you. You're embarrassed for them. They will break your heart in the most exquisitely fulfilling way imaginable. Most of all, their trials as they learn that life is almost never what you expected - but it can be achingly beautiful anyway - made me remember those same things too. I was touched by Colby, the narrator, and the way he saw these three special girls, his friends. I felt twisted and desperate for Bev, who loved Colby but maybe not the way he wanted, which is maybe the worst of feelings. The entire journey, from the first page until I ran out, left me breathless and in tears.
I'm broken. And put back together and in love. All the feelings ever made. Read this book. My words can't do it justice.
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Posted March 14, 2012
I was so lucky to have won an autographed copy of The Disenchant
I was so lucky to have won an autographed copy of The Disenchantments from Christine Lee Zilka over at her blog: 800,000 words. Thank you again Christine! Check out her awesome blog.
So this book was amazing! I loved it so much, which wasn't a surprise since Nina LaCour is an amazing writer who knows how to breathe life into her words. I absolutely loved Hold Still, and if you haven't checked out that book, you totally should.
I don't usually gush about book covers, but this one is gorgeous! I love everything about it, especially the super cute girl with the huge sunglasses. I felt like the cover totally represented the story from beginning to end.
What I loved most about this book: the main character, Colby. It was so refreshing to read a Young Adult novel with a main character who is male, not female. Where are all the male main characters out there in YA fiction? I know there are lots, but compared to the female ones, they seem scarce.
Colby was such a lovable character. I could relate to him so much. I found myself surprised at how easily I connected to him and his complex journey. I loved that he was a (fellow) vegetarian and how humorous he was. The ending completely threw me off and I was really excited for him. I was also proud of him, too. I know he's a fictional character, but the writing was so strong it made me feel like he was a real person.
I really liked the other characters, too. Bev, Meg and Alexa were so adorable, I'm not sure why I found them adorable but I did. I love girls in bands, which is another reason why I loved this novel. We need more girls playing guitars and screaming/singing into the mike! It made me want to take out my acoustic guitar and start strumming. I found that really inspiring.
I also liked that there was so much art in this story. There was art literally everywhere, in all its forms, from photography to wood carving. It was awesome to see how art connected the different characters.
This book isn't all rainbows and butterflies, though. I'm not going to give the plot away, but there are some serious issues in the story. Ones that continue to haunt the characters even after the last page is turned. Most of all there are trust issues. That is something that I could definitely relate to because I struggled with trust for the longest time.
I recommend this novel to anyone who loves a good read!
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Posted February 10, 2012
A Gorgeous Novel, Beautiful Writing
THE DISENCHANTMENTS is one of the best books I have read in the last year. This book is full of rich, unusual, unique characters and settings and has such a deep heart and emotion to it. Talented artist Colby narrates this story of his week-long road trip with three female friends and musicians as they figure out what happens after graduation to their friendships and their loves. A coming-of-age story about the end of innocence in many ways, THE DISENCHANTMENTS is beautiful and true.
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Posted November 14, 2012
I absolutely adored this book. It starts off kinda slow, but i
I absolutely adored this book.
It starts off kinda slow, but its so amazing. The characters are SO relatable. They have the same struggles and hopes and dreams and wishes and embarrassing stories as you do. I feel like she does a great job of really connecting you to the characters. You laugh, and cry with them. You feel their pain. You get mad at them. You feel for them.
The story also deals with a lot of issues that people have, and I think they are all tackled very well. The book definitely leaves you thinking. It's one of those books where when it's over you have to just sit there for a couple minutes. Just sit there and think and take everything in.
Overall I think this was a FANTASTIC book and I highly recommend it.
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Posted June 1, 2012
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Posted June 21, 2012
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