The Disenchantments

The Disenchantments

by Nina LaCour


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780142423912
Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date: 04/18/2013
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 282,618
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.00(d)
Lexile: 780L (what's this?)
Age Range: 14 - 17 Years

About the Author

Nina LaCour ( is the author of the award-winning Hold Still and widely acclaimed The Disenchantments. Formerly a bookseller and high school English teacher, she now writes and parents full time. A San Francisco Bay Area native, Nina lives with her family in Oakland, California.

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"A rich tapestry that will make readers confident that they are in the hands of a master storyteller."—Kirkus Reviews, starred review

"Enchanting...this realistic novel will hit home."—School Library Journal, starred review

"Astonishing."—Booklist, starred review

"Make this book a part of your collection—you will not be disappointed."—VOYA, starred review

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The Disenchantments 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 16 reviews.
trishaleighkc More than 1 year ago
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. Recommend.
dayzd89 More than 1 year ago
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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I'll miss their little groupie. Its been a fun time reading about them and getting to feel the emotions shown through their characters. Awesome book and I suggest everyone read this and just get the feeling of what's like to grow up and make choices even when your friends aren't always part of them. <br> ~Yubrine, a.k.a QB
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
amazing! i couldn't put it down!
thgingeredempress More than 1 year ago
loved every single moment
DaisyWhitney More than 1 year ago
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.
Katie_breathofbooks More than 1 year ago
I loved reading The Disenchantments. I have read Nina LaCour's Hold Still, and while this book is lighter than that one, it still has heavier, more emotional elements. I enjoyed the story, the characters, and the road trip. Since I usually enjoy road trip novels, I really liked that element of the story. POSSIBLE SPOILERS AHEAD This book is narrated in 1st person male POV by Colby. Colby is a well-developed guy character. He's sweet, caring, and trying to figure his life out. He is planning to go to Europe with his best friend, Bev, for a year, but she tells him she's going to college instead. At this point, summer's already started and he can't apply to colleges in time to start in the fall. Not only that, he has to go on a road trip with Bev's girl band, The Disenchantments. She doesn't tell him about Europe until the road trip has already started. Colby's not only feeling hurt over Bev's change of plans, but he is also secretly in love with her. He doesn't know what he's going to do in the fall now that his plans are changed, and he knows he needs to get over Bev. Bev is a well done character as well. She makes many mistakes in her friendship with Colby, yet it is difficult not to feel sympathy for her when you find out the secret she's been keeping. She should have told Colby about her change of plans earlier, so I understand why he is mad at her. She knows how Colby feels about her, so she makes a huge mistake in the book. She sleeps with him, even though she's not ready to be in a relationship with him. She's hiding a secret about her parents' that she's known since eighth grade, and she's carrying around sadness and hurt because of it. This book also shows the other two band members, Meg and Alexa. They are sisters who are both adopted, and Alexa is a year younger than the rest of the group. They both have personalities and their own moments with Colby. Meg has panic attacks, and she has to take pills to keep them from happening. They can be triggered by anything. Alexa keeps a list of hundreds of possible jobs that she could do. It is clear that the two of them really care about each other. If you like contemporary YA and road trip stories, read this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
An emotional journey of growing unfolds from a masterful pen.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I've read Nina LaCour before and I wasn't disappointed. With this one, I really loved the story so much and the very real problems that were troubling Colby and his friends from moving to off to college to love and friendship. It wasn't the perfect book, but it's a good one to read while traveling or on vacation.
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Writer620 More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I would never pick up a book about a band since i feel music can't be described vividly. My librarian made me read it. I was wrong, the description is beautiful and the storyline is simple but filled with detail. I would recommend.