I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.The Disenchantments by Nina LaCour
on February 16, 2012
Also by this author: Hold Still, We Are Okay
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult
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.
The Disenchantments sounded like my kind of book from the start. That cover is unique and fun, it’s about a girl band, and a road trip/tour. All those tidbits lead to high expectations which sometimes leads to disappointment. Not in this case. This story and Nina LaCour’s gorgeous writing blew all of my expectations away.
The cover kind of suggests a fun lighthearted book. While the book is fun, it is not lighthearted. Colby is in a very difficult spot and we as the reader we must struggle through that with him. He was very complex and realistic. It was one of those male narratives that I absolutely love. My heart broke for him on several occasions.
The girls were great! Meg, Alexa, and Bev were quirky and confident. I really loved the whole band aspect. What I really loved though, was that Colby wasn’t a part of it. He was an outsider looking in and it really gave more depth to the friendship between the girls and the connection between Colby and Bev.
The road trip elements were fabulous. Who doesn’t love a story about a road trip? But what really stood out to me is LaCour’s beautiful writing. There were many passages that made me close my eyes and just take it in. I really wish that I would have marked them somehow, but I was so engrossed in the story that it was hard to put the book down. Even for that. I loved the writing and story in Hold Still and this book proves that it was not just a one hit wonder. This review in no way does The Disenchantments justice. I loved it and I suspect that Nina LaCour will be on my favorite authors list with her next book. I loved this and I think you will too, so read it! Soon.