Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Review: The Disenchantments

Title: The Disenchantments
Author: Nina LaCour
Date Released: February 16th, 2012
Pages: 307
Rating: 4 out of 5

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.

Colby and Bev have been best friends for a long time.  And as what every pair of best friends do, they made a plan- to go and travel Europe for a year after they graduated from high school and Bev does her tour with her band, The Disenchantments.  However, things don't go as planned when Bev decides to ditch their plan to backpack through Europe, leaving Colby with an open ended future.

I really liked The Disenchantments because it was about friendship, betrayal, road tripping, and trying to figure out your future, which is what I'm trying to do right now.  So, it's a pretty relatable book when you're going from that transition from high school to the real world (although, I still have a year to go, but still).

Reading about the random gigs that The Disenchantments had was really fun.  Each place had its own special memory with new people, places, or things.

I didn't like Bev that much, but I guess that's how she was supposed to come across since she kind of ditches Colby and sort of becomes distant from him.  However, I loved to other two members of the band, Meg and Alexa, who are adopted sisters, so they're not biologically related, but still look out for each other nonetheless.  Colby was a likable character.  He was kind of just a down to earth kid who was a little gullible (Example: Believing that the backpacking trip through Europe would really come through), but still really cool.

The Disenchantments takes place over the course of a week, and boy was this one week completely full of surprises and adventures.  Everything that took place was super exciting to read about that you almost forget that those millions of things happened in one week, or even in just one day.  Learning about where the relationship between Colby and Bev would go next really kept me intrigued, too.

Overall, The Disenchantments was a super fun book that would have made a great summer read.  The whole feeling of the book was carefree because of the premise of the road trip through the Pacific Northwest.  It also had that hint of seriousness because of the confusing relationship between Colby and Bev.  Either way, I really enjoyed reading this book and I hope that I'll get to read another book by Nina LaCour soon!

Cover Review:
Love the cover!  It just screams summer with the light colors, gigantic sunglasses, and rainbow t-shirt.  I also love how the title is just sort of placed on the cover.  Overall, it's a really cool and summery cover!

Cleo :)

*Description and cover from goodreads.com
**Review copy borrowed from my local library.

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