The Disenchantments

The Disenchantments

by Nina LaCour


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Colby and Bev have a long-standing pact: graduate, hit the road with Bev's band, and then spend the year wandering around Europe. But moments after the tour kicks off, Bev makes a shocking announcement: she's abandoning their plans - and Colby - to start college in the fall.

But the show must go on and The Disenchantments weave through the Pacific Northwest, playing in small towns and dingy venues, while roadie- Colby struggles to deal with Bev's already-growing distance and the most important question of all: what's next?

Morris Award—finalist Nina LaCour draws together the beauty and influences of music and art to brilliantly capture a group of friends on the brink of the rest of their lives.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780525422198
Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date: 02/16/2012
Pages: 320
Product dimensions: 5.70(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.30(d)
Lexile: 780L (what's this?)
Age Range: 14 - 17 Years

About the Author

Nina LaCour ( is a high school English teacher and former bookseller. She is the author of the award-winning Hold Still. A San Francisco Bay Area native, Nina lives 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 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 40 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.
YABliss on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
So unusual and original. A very different take on epic/life-changing road trips. A wonderful journey, though: deep and heart-felt and hopeful. There's something wonderful about authors who can write contemporary so amazingly realistic, and yet very original. I loved the premise of this. A girl band? Going on tour? Even though they totally suck? And told through the fresh and yummy point of view of their friend-who-is-a-boy?I admit that at first I felt it was kind of slow and not very gripping, but I loved the writing from the very first sentence. The fact is that the premise makes it wrongly seem like it will be simply a fun book. And it's more than just a fun book, it has depth and emotions. I've mentioned before how I love male PoV, specially when it involves a weird bad girl, a la Looking For Alaska.The biggest bump I found was trying to match the Beverly in the book with the one Colby is in love with. It's a story about endings, and facing the future. So Colby and Beverly's friendship we glimpsed through memories. During the whole book Beverly is cold and distant, and yet, I guess the writing was just good enough to make me feel there had been that special friendship. And one of the things I loved the most was Colby's relationships with the other girls in the band, Meg and Alexa. He was just so awesome. Loved his character!At some point I was just so involved and having so much fun, and just wrapped up so much in this awesome idea of a road trip for a tour even though you couldn't be less famous (or talented for that matter), that I was just eager to read the whole thing. And the ending was so great and magical and unexpected that I ended up overseeing all my previous "bumps" with the story.I haven't read Hold Still, but if it's anything like The Disenchantments, I'm sure I'll love it too.
Tinasbookreviews on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I really love LaCour's style of writing. While she certainly speaks to a mature crowd, due its sexuality, language and "adult themes" I find her voice fresh in the YA market.The Disenchantments was fun and is perfect for a summer read, just when your mood for groovy music, road trips and bff moments....of course another added plus was a male POV, something seriously lacking in YA books. I would compare this to The Pipers Son or Saving June.
jjameli on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The Disenchantments has many aspects I love in books..road trips, music and friendships, it just didn't work for me. I didn't really feel the connection between the characters and found quite a bit of the book boring.
RJGonzales on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Everyone has plans and goals for the future. Even those who say they don¿t. Whether it be one day getting your own wikipedia page, traveling across the world, one day becoming famous, and everything in-between. Colby and Bev have always made plans. After graduating, they¿d tour for her band ¿The Disenchantments¿ for a week, and then spend a year traveling across Europe and visiting places they always wanted to go. Together; just the two of them. Those plans are put to an end early on when Bev has a change of heart, and forces Colby to come to terms with this, all while on the road and meeting new people and creating memories along the way alongside other band mates.The chapter breaks are in increments of days and the novel takes place in the duration of one week; it goes from Monday-Sunday.I did feel that Bev came off a little too cold toward Colby for a good portion of this book. Colby was such a sweet character and a great best friend, and even though it is explained later on as to why she acted that way, I still found it difficult to accept her treating him the way she did. A best friend is someone who you can trust and have a special kind of love for, and that¿s probably why, in some parts, I felt that I couldn¿t really believe their long friendship was as strong and developed as Colby played off.The Disenchantments is told through Colby¿s POV. It¿s been a while since I¿ve read a novel told thorough a male character¿s perspective in it¿s entirety, so I found it to be refreshing. I really enjoyed this novel. It has that comforting feel to it, and the people they met along the way were interesting. I¿ve always been intrigued by the idea of road trips, and this book did not disappoint. It allowed me to travel alongside them on their journey. Definitely a great book to read when you want to escape and explore. I am really looking forward to seeing the success that will come of it in February!
readingdate on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Colby and Bev have just graduated high school and are about to embark on a short tour of the Pacific Northwest with Bev¿s band The Disenchantments. The plan afterwards is for Bev and Colby to sightsee around Europe for a year, a plan that has been in place for years. But, at the start of the tour, Bev confesses that she decided to start college in the fall instead, and would not be going to Europe after all. Now things are very uncomfortable between them as they set out on the road with the band. Colby must decide how to proceed with his life now that Bev has thrown a wrench in his plans.I think the cover of The Disenchantments goes well with the retro feel of the book. The story has a sense of freedom as the main characters are just entering adulthood and exploring the world. The band members are sisters Meg and Alexa, in addition to singer Bev, and they tour in a turquoise VW bus with roadie Colby and listen to iconic girl groups such as The Runaways, Heart, Sleater-Kinney, and The Supremes. As a band, however, The Disenchantments have a great look but aren¿t destined for superstardom. They are just playing music for the fun of it. The tour feels like a nostalgic last hurrah before the friends go their separate way in the fall.Colby the main character is a likable guy. He¿s easy going, and a gifted artist who is always sketching with his pad and pencil. He is searching for what to do with his life and dealing with his unresolved feelings for Bev, in the wake of her seeming betrayal. Bev reads as distant and unattainable and it is hard to warm up to her. Her reasons for keeping her college plans a secret from best friend Colby are one of the book¿s mysteries.On the road trip, the band hits several small towns and venues and meets many colorful characters that play important roles in the story. You really feel life on the road with the group and get to know each of the characters well with each stop. The friends attended high school for the arts together, and there is an artistic and creative feel that carries throughout the book.The tempo of the book is relaxed and has a true summer road trip vibe to it. The journey is bittersweet as each of the characters prepare for the upcoming changes in their lives. I liked the mature, new-adult feel of the book, the friendship dynamic and the artistic theme of the story. I think The Disenchantments has wide ranging appeal and especially for those who like character driven contemporary books. Look for The Disenchantments to hit shelves February 16.
EdGoldberg on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Colby, Bev and Meg just graduated high school and along with Meg's year-younger sister, Alexa, are taking their hot-girl band (Colby is the roadie), the Disenchantments, on the road before dropping Meg off at college in Portland, OR. They're not a great band, but they have energy and desire.Colby and Bev have been friends for years. He's been in love with Bev since forever. They've been planning a European trip after graduation since 8th grade, one stop being Colby's mother who is studying French in Paris.So, the four hop into Colby's Uncle Pete's VW bus, Melinda, and head north from San Francisco. Along with seeing the sights, they all talk and play a form of Truth or Dare (without the Dare). It's during one such game that Colby finds out that Bev is planning on going to college in Rhode Island rather than joining him in Europe. This is the first he's heard about it and now he wonders why she's been playing along with the idea since 8th grade. Bev is unwilling to talk about it.During the course of the week long road trip, the reader finds out a little bit about each character, their hopes and desires, their thoughts about life, their ups and downs. Nina LaCour, who wrote Hold Still (which I rated 4 1/2 stars), created interesting characters and plots, specifically how an album cover that Colby's mother drew for his father wound up as someone's tattoo. This creates the medium for Colby to meet an odd assortment of people and come into his own.The Disenchantments is about growing up emotionally, even during a very short period of time. It's better in the second half than the first. It's easy reading and enjoyable.
renkellym on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Colby is best friends (and also in love) with Bev, a flighty girl who belongs to the all-girl band The Disenchantments, which is essentially the worst musical group in history. What The Disenchantments lack in talent, they make up for with commitment and charisma. Colby is their official roadie, and the summer after they graduate high school, the group tours the west coast¿from San Francisco to Portland. After the tour, Bev promised Colby that they would go to Europe¿just the two of them¿and explore for a year. But during the tour, Bev suddenly tells Colby that she won¿t be going to Europe with him¿she¿s going to college. The Disenchantments is kind of a quiet book; on the surface it seems to be a fun road-trip/bonding story, but Nina LaCour turns it into so much more. She has this way of taking your emotions and giving them a great big squeeze¿there¿s an enormous amount of power packed into her writing and the plights of the characters. The hairs on the back of my neck stood up at certain points in the story; sometimes because of the connection I felt to the characters¿ emotions, but sometimes just because of the beautiful sentences Nina LaCour fashions together. The Disenchantments (and Colby) are such a fun group of people. There¿s just something awesome that happens when a bunch of artsy people get together. The Disenchantments have a great dynamic: because they¿re all kind of weirdos, we¿re able to focus on each one of them equally. Nina LaCour allows us to really connect with each girl. It¿s interesting that LaCour chose Colby as the narrator, because he¿s not part of the band. We get to see what going on a tour is like from the perspective of someone who just drives the car, rather than seeing it through the eyes of a star. I really enjoyed his narration, and reading all his inner thoughts. Though I don¿t think Colby¿s narration will necessarily make The Disenchantments appeal to a male audience (the focus is still on the band and on his relationship with Bev), it¿s always great to see things from a guy¿s perspective. Music lovers, The Disenchantments is definitely a book for you. There are many references to bands like Heart and The Runaways, but there¿s also this vibe that just feels like a music video. Emotions run high, a boy is in love with his best friend, and a group of teens get in a car and go anywhere they want. Not a cheesy music video, though: one that¿s sincere and not without darkness. The Disenchantments is a lot of fun, and if you like realistic fiction, I¿d definitely recommend it.
curioussquared on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Probably the best word to describe this word is "fun." It made me want to take a road trip. While the writing wasn't always spectacular and I guessed what was coming from the very beginning, it was a fun, wacky story and the whole feel of the book was very enjoyable. I liked the forays into street art and a couple of the plot points, like the tattoo, were pretty unbelievable but fun anyway. So nothing groundbreaking, nothing incredible, but a good, solid, entertaining story with some characters I'd like to make friends with and a few interesting observations. Would recommend to readers of contemporary teen fiction.
jazzcat15 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
My thoughts: LOVED IT.Looking at the cover, The Disenchantments looks to be a fun, summer-romance-road-trip, bring-to-the-beach-and-relax type of read. Well, think again my friends. This books touches on some pretty tough situations and is very much a 'finding-yourself' story. Which is great... I love those type of books usually, and this was no exception!First of all, I'll start by saying that I was so not expecting this story to be in the point of view of a guy. I mean.... Look at the cover! Does that scream 'Male Protagonist' to you? I know you're all probably shaking your heads at me and saying "Don't judge a book by it's cover, Kristy!" But it was an honest mistake... The description on the flap doesn't really specify that Colby is a guy. I think it's because I know a girl named Colby, so I automatically connected those two things. So, if anyone is wondering... Colby is a BOY!Now that we have that clarified, let's get onto the book! Since this is a road trip-type book, the setting changes often. But that made it a lot of fun to read! All the little places they went, the rundown towns, the hot tub club and the school-made-into-hotel. Every place in the book was described really well and it was a great escape from English class or the school bus for me. I did feel a little disconnected from the characters at times though. Colby is so in love with Bev, but honestly I never truly understood why. Yes, we can see him pining for her and wishing she'd open up to him, but that was all I got from him. There was never a real explanation of why he loved her so much. I also really loved the music aspect to this novel. It was really fun picking out the songs I know and then finding ones I didn't that were mentioned. And also just... Picture it in your mind: Three beautiful teenage girls in a band, on a road trip/tour, playing their terrible music wherever they could. Then you've got their totally talented artist-roadie just tagging along for the ride. It sounds like a blast, right? And it was, for the most part. There was some mystery involved, a big scavenger hunt for a tattoo replica of a logo. The graffiti and all the cool knowledge we get about it. But then there was the darker stuff. It touched on a few tough subjects which kept the story from being a completely fluffy, light read. I learned a lot from this book and that was probably the thing that made me love it so much. Other than the fact that this book inspired me to live my life to the fullest and appreciate all the little things. (Wow, big cliche... But that's kind of the lesson I got from the story!) Overall, if you're looking for a fun book to read that is still serious in a way other than romance, this is the book I would recommend. Just remember... Don't judge a book by it's cover!
taleofnight on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
For the most part, this was a fun book. Colby and Bev's plans for traveling through Europe right after high school graduation are finally happening. But first, they are going on a road trip with Meg and Alexa, who make up Bev's all girl band.Bev and Colby were very big downers for most of the book. I was annoyed by Bev most of the time for being so moody towards Colby. Colby was always sad and mopey because of Bev. Which I felt bad for Colby, but not bad enough that I could deal with his sadness the whole time. Meg and Alexa were the best part of the book, to me. They were the ones who made the book a little bit brighter. The ending wasn't very surprising to me, I definitely saw it coming.This was a fun journey to read about, though I would never have the guts to go on a road trip and go into strangers basements. And even thought I felt like the book moved at a slow pace, it was still an easy, fun read.
ylin.0621 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
After reading the praise behind Hold Still I caved and read Hold Still. I liked it. I wasn¿t jumping off my seat in love with the book. Then I gave the book to someone else because maybe that person will love the book like many people who encouraged me to pick it up.Then I got The Disenchantments in the mail. My conscience is telling me to pass this book, but a part of my brain says ¿maybe this is the book that will make you fall in love with LaCour¿. And you know what, it wasn¿t, but it was on the right track. The Disenchantments is a roadtrip that will break your heart and find redemption. Colby (which is a guy by the way because yay for unisexual names) and Bev go way back. They¿ve been friends for a while time. They¿ve made a pact: after graduation they¿ll go travel Europe together. No college. So on tour for Bev¿s all-girl band, The Disenchantments (who aren¿t good at all), Colby expects things to go smoothly with fun before the band goes their separate ways. But when Bev announces that she¿s going to college, Colby starts to wonder why and what else has Bev been keeping a secret?The Disenchantments took me a little over a month to read. It¿s been an on-and-off read where I managed to finish almost 10 books in-between the starting and ending point. I couldn¿t connect to the book; I couldn¿t connect to Colby as a narrator. I couldn¿t understand why Colby liked Bev so much.Once Bev admitted that she knew Colby liked her, I gave up. Bev was already distant to being with, but when she made the announcement I really had a hard time trying to figure out what made Bev the girl to Colby. She is selfish, she leads people on, she lies. She¿s a borderline b¿tch. And then have Colby mooning over her for god knows how much longer in the book, I wasn¿t going to last. I had to put The Disenchantments down.After several weeks enough was enough. I put on my big girl pants and dragged myself through the rest of the book. (I was only about a third way finished.) I don¿t know where and when it happened, but I hit a spot in The Disenchantments where I really just started to like to.The little towns where the band was stopping seemed to shape Colby into a much more interesting narrator. Bev started to flesh out as readers find out what secrets Bev has kept hidden. It¿s more emotional than I ever expected from the same girl I once considered to be a b¿tch. What started as an innocent road trip turns into self discovery, family struggles, and forgiveness. No one is perfect and The Disenchantments point to that, but the heart wants what the heart wants. I love the intermingling of art (especially finishing up Graffiti Moon by Cath Crowley) especially the various forms of art: drawings, paintings, sculpting, music, acting, photography, tattooing, etc. Each of these forms bring in more characters to the novel, and while it normally would irritate me, I found that it worked quite well in The Disenchantments. The characters were different enough that I was able to keep track of them and saw that they had purpose to the novel. The Disenchantments is a bold novel with bold characters. Bandmates Bev, Meg, and Alexa with tag-along Colby make this roadtrip an unforgettable one.
crazyhippo37 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The Disenchantments was a creative look at a band on tour and their best friend traveling with them. At times funny, sweet, poignant, and pretentious, I had a lot of feelings about The Disenchantments. Colby, while an interesting character, was a bit depressing and tended to have a "sad sack" mentality that was kind of annoying. Bev was just full of issues, and while the reason for her problems is explained later in the book, she is also a bit annoying. My personal favorites were Meg and Alexa, because they had so much personality and were so fully developed and interesting to read about. My main issue with this book was that everything was treated with extreme importance, every look and movement was painted as significant, when that really wasn't the case. However, the prose was absolutely beautiful and scenes were described quite well, and the story behind the tattoos interested me, but sadly it took a backseat to Bev and Colby's love story. Overall, an incredibly well written book with developed characters and tons of potential, but a little self-important at times. 4/5 stars.FROM AN UNCORRECTED ARC
Jessica5 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Graduating high schools is such a life changing experience. Your whole future is waiting for you and for the first time, it's up to you to decide what to do with it. In The Disenchantments, Colby goes through this very moment when he goes on a road trip with his best friend's band, The Disenchantments, the summer before they're supposed to tour Europe together. This whole synopsis is one of the main reasons I wanted to read this book because I'm around that exact age, so I could really connect with the characters. Colby is a great main character and I found myself really liking him. I normally don't read books from a guy's point of view, but in this case I really didn't mind. I seriously DID NOT like Bev, Cobly's best friend, because every single thing she did bugged me. I don't like girls like Bev who go and do whatever they want and don't care about what other people want or how they feel. She uses people, yet she's never really punished for how she acts. Sure she had an excuse for the way she was acting, but I don't think that reason was good enough for treating every single person in her life like they were second to her. This story reminded me of movies like Juno, Nick and Nora's Infinite Playlist, and Whip It because it's just so funky like that. The cover really captures the essence of the story and everything about it was just a nice change from what I normally read. I'd highly recommend this book to anyone who's in the mood for a quirky story about life and growing up, so pick it up when it comes out in February of 2012!
GreatImaginations on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book isn't very long. At all. And the writing style is very bare bones. There just isn't a lot of detail. Because of that, I wasn't sure I was going to like it. And it took me awhile to get into. But I finally did, and though I will never adore this book, it was a good, solid read with a great message. What you should know before you read it: ~Like I said, the writing lacked detail. If you are descriptive person, this book probably won't work for you. You might not hate it, but I doubt you will love it. ~Character development was kind of meh. I did feel something for the characters (I felt really bad for Colby, and I thought Bev was a selfish b*tch), but that's about as far as my emotions went. I loved Meg. But I didn't really feel the depth of the characters. And I wanted to, and in this kind of book you really should be able to. Without much of a plot, characterizations are extremely important, are they not? ~I enjoyed the road trip aspect of the book. Road trip books are great, right? This one was no different and I really enjoyed all the different places that they went. But I can't help but compare it to other travel books I have read (Wanderlove), and I found it a little bit lacking. ~Great, great ending. The story was fabulous and the messages were great. That is where the strength in this book lies. Life doesn't always turn out the way you want it to. And you just have to pick yourself up and go on, be strong, and do it on your own. Years and years of planning can get flushed down the crapper, but maybe the life you thought you were supposed to lead wasn't meant to go in that direction in the first place? Be open to new ideas and you may be very surprised about where you end up. It's also okay to do things just because they are fun and for no other reason but that. The soundtrack to this book was great. I love that they gave a shout-out to Heart (one of my fave bands of all time).
asomers on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed Nina LaCour's first book, Hold Still so much, I couldn't pass up this one. I can picture the exact type of young adult that she is writing to please.Everyone can remember that artsy kid that marched to the beat of a different drummer. The one that wrote serious poetry ,sketched, or was into avant guard theatre . They were the kids that were into alternative music,off-the-beaten-path coffee shops, and consignment shop clothes.You didn't laugh at them because a little piece of you wished that you could be so free.A part of you wished that you didn't worry about what other people thought of you. The characters in this book are those kinds of free spirits. I enjoyed the book , but not nearly as much as Hold Still.
BrandisBookMusings on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
From the cover of The Disenchantments I was expecting a light, fluffy, fun summer novel. That is not the case. Instead I got a wonderfully different surprise. The Disenchantments is one of those hard to describe books. It's a story about growing up, growing apart, realizing some childhood dreams are just dreams, and that sometimes you need to follow your own path. This book is both happy and sad all at the same time, but most of all it is real. Nina LaCour brings to life heartache, pain, fun, and first love in the pages of The Disenchantments. The male perspective of Colby, his love for Bev, and their relationships with Meg and Alexa were amazing. Colby is an idealistic dreamer who actually follows through with his plans. Bev...Bev is an enigma, a mystery that I spent the whole book trying to figure out, and in the end she had the simplest explanation. Meg is the tough girl hiding a broken enterior and Alexa is a lot like Colby. She's an innocent dreamer who believes in the good and sees the brighter side. (After Colby, Alexa was my favorite character) The adventure that they had is something that I wish I could experience. Throughout this supposed happy time of their life, there was a constant sense of sadness, of finality. I believe that we all feel this at one point in our lives. That moment when we are transitioning from childhood to adulthood, that moment that we have all longed for, and when it finally comes we put it off until it catches us. Colby and The Disenchantments went on one of the most epic road trips ever and in the end came out different, they grew up. The Disenchantments made me angry, happy, and sad all at the same time. I simply loved it
BookSpot on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
While everyone else has been deciding scouring college brochures, taking college tours, filling out applications and finally deciding where to attend, Colby has been planning a much different post-high school experience. After high school he has long planned to spend a week touring Northern California with his best friend Bev and her all-girl band before the two jet off to Europe for a year. He's spent his high school life looking over European public transport maps, planning their adventures deciding where they need to go.It's all set.Until Bev announces, just after they start the tour, that she plans to start college right after the tour.What does this mean for Colby? For his future?As a huge fan of LaCour's first novel Hold Still I was absolutely thrilled to see this book up for offer on Early Reviewers - even more so to win it. While it is so incredibly different from Hold Still, it also has a friendship that is strained - albeit for a different reason - and features LaCour's great writing.The tour that The Disenchantments (and really, Th Disenchantments themselves) take is so far from ordinary or boring that it's absolutely fantastic. They each have their own little quirks and unique traits - the obvious Bev's awesome art; Colby's gifted drawing; Meg's pink hair or Alexa's feathers - to the one's that we discover along the way, all things that make them not only more interesting, but also characters we really care about.Even The Disenchanments being horrible (as in they are not a good band, not all that musically gifted) makes them incredibly endearing.I love the places that they go to on their tour. It says not only something about their tour planner, but also about why they are in this band - and why they've really gone on this tour in the first place. This isn't a tour for the glitz, glamour and fame, it's for them and that's beautiful.Oh, and the people they encounter, especially Jasper! Each of them could have their own story; they are such strong side characters. They aren't throw-away, extra characters that are just there to be there. All of the characters, no matter how minor really add something to the story.I was thrilled with the ending - I had been hoping for it, it was a bit different than I expected but I think it's even better than I hoped.Probably my only issue with The Disenchantments at all, and it's a minor one, is, a few times, Colby seemed more feminine. Possibly an effect of being around as many girls or LaCour writing a male character in with so many female ones . . . or just my interpretation of things. But that's about it.Rating: 9/10
poetrytoprose on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The Disenchantments was a fresh, fun, and very relatable read. Have you ever made big plans that never happened? Or perhaps been let down by a friend? Been unsure of where you were going in life? I think these are all universal things everyone experiences, in one way or another, and Nina LaCour brings them to life in this book with a road trip and some rock `n¿ roll.Bev and Colby have graduated from high school and their big plan is to take a year off from the reality that their peers are facing, of going to college, and instead embark on a trip around Europe. It has been their plan for years and all they have left to do is a week long tour with The Disenchantments and, then, purchase their tickets out of the country. Sounds great, right? Except Bev drops a bomb on Colby right before they set out on tour with the band: she¿s going to college in the fall and she¿s not going to Europe with Colby.Even though the book was told from Colby¿s POV, obviously giving me only his side of the story, I think I would have sided with him anyway. He¿s so easy going and likable, especially in comparison to Bev¿s moodiness, and it SUCKED MAJOR that Bev kept him completely in the dark. I know it can be difficult to be honest, the awfulness of having to hurt someone and wanting to delay doing that, but it was so easy to feel how lost Colby felt; not only did his plans drastically change ¿ what does he do next?! ¿ but their friendship suffered a blow, too.With two of the four friends at odds during the final Disenchantments tour, the road trip up Northern California could have been a depressing disaster. There were some tense moments, with Colby trying to find out Bev¿s reasoning for her change of plans and her silence in return, but LaCour captured a great energy with her characters. Alexa and Meg, the two other members of the band, were light and humorous, and they were good friends to both Colby and Bev. The small towns and venues that they visited were interesting, full of quirky characters, and the music, both the classics and that from the band itself, only added to the dynamic ambiance. The Disenchantments was a very enjoyable read that was easy to connect with. I encourage you to give it a go!
Candacemom2two on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This was an absolutely lovely book! It really looks like it's a lighthearted and fun read but it really has some depth to it. Each character is dealing with something big and this tour is the last chance they all have to spend together before everything changes.I really adore the characters in this one. Colby is the narrator (a male narrator, YAY!) and he was so cute! I mean, he seemed like a normal boy. He was a brilliant artist but other then that he was just normal. Well, except the fact that he's in love with his best friend Bev. Now Bev was one of those characters that I just didn't like at all. She seemed so stuck on herself and she was telling lie after lie and I just didn't know what to make of her. But then as the story went on I started to understand some of her actions. I think that she should never have let things get as bad as they did, but I kind of understood her a bit more. Now Alexa and Meg, oh I loved those girls! They are bold and outspoken but not in a rude way. It's like they are so full of love they just share it with everyone. They are quirky and they dress in this adorable way and they are just so lovable! They brought a lot more lightness to the book and kept it from ever really getting depressing. The main characters are all great but I also loved the characters that only had brief parts. They all stood out and were memorable. They were quirky and weird and they show that there are lots of awesome people in this world and getting out there and meeting some is totally worth it!Now the road trip theme of the book I loved! And the end of their trip was here! In Portland (okay, I'm like a bridge away but I say that's close enough ;). So it was neat to really be able to picture them here. And while it was only a small part it was a bonus.This was a fantastic and fun read but still dealt with these things that teens have to go through once they finish high school. The decisions they must make and how it's hard to part with your friends, family and life.Now the characters in this book are 18 and so I would recommend it for more mature readers. There is sex, though it's not described, and there's a little bit of cursing.