Review: The Disenchantments by Nina LaCour

The Disenchantments by Nina LaCour
Young Adult
Hardcover, 304 pgs. *I read an ARC*
Published February 16th, 2012 by Dutton
Source: Publisher for Review

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.

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.

4.5/5 stars!

Disclosure: I received an advance copy of this book for review purposes.  All opinions expressed are my own and I was not paid or influenced in any way.  The finished version may have some changes from the copy I read.

This qualifies for the YA Contemporary Challenge 2102.

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  1. Oh, I’m so glad you reviewed this (and liked it!) because I want to read it badly. I love road trip books too, and have a fondness for the Pac.NW (my dad lives in Idaho:) Great review and yay! for New Adult books!!

  2. Male narrator you say? That alone is enough to make me want to read this one, the fact that it’s fun and light but also complex is icing on the cake:) I would never have thought to pick this one up (I would have walked right by that cover), but it’s going on the list now. Thanks Candace!

  3. I’ve had my eye on this one for awhile as it sounds absolutely amazing. I love male protagonists and your review makes me even more excited to read it. I’ll definitely be picking up a copy when it comes out :)

  4. Yeah a male narrator! Fun! A road trip to Portland? Sign me up! I live in Portland and I am always happy to reas books set in the Northwest. Thanks for letting me know about this one Candace.

  5. I’m glad to hear how much you love the characters! This is one I’m really looking forward to reading, and I have been hearing mixed reviews but I’m so glad that you loved it! (And Road Trip?? I am DYING for a good road trip book right now!)

    -Jac @ For Love and Books

  6. I just finished this one and really enjoyed it. There’s just something about a good road trip book and this one had such a musical quality about it (yes, I know they were musicians but just in the telling of the tale…).

  7. I’ve been wanting to read this ever since the book was revealed. It looks/sounds just like my kinda thing.

    And the girl on the cover doesn’t give a clue that the narrative’s from a guy’s POV! That’s insanely cool, btw.

    Your review just makes me even more desperate.

  8. Awesome! I’m always on the hunt for books with a male narrator! I love the sound of the mix of characters you both love and hate. That makes a story more fun. I was just thinking I need a light read. I’ll need to try this one.

    Excellent review, Candace. The first I read for this book. Thanks!

  9. I’m glad to hear that this book had some depth to it. I feel like I’ve often passed up books like this because I’m not the biggest fan of light and fluffy. Don’t get me wrong, they have their time and place, but I tend to like a little depth to my books as well.

  10. YAY!! I’m really happy that you loved this one, Candace! I fell in love with it for the cover first and I’ve been craving to read it because of that fun synopsis — and I want to read it even more because of the male narrator! They’re so hard to find nowadays, and Colby sounds absolutely perfect! :) Plus, I just love it when all the characters have their own distinctive personalities!

    Awesome review, Candace! This is definitely a contemporary that I can’t wait to get my hands on — says the paranormal girl at heart! 😉 <3

  11. Great review Candace I adored the characters too in this one. The girls were all so spunky and fun! I didn’t expect how gloomy the vibe would be in this though. I was expecting an all around happy fun book. But glad you loved it! :)

  12. This book sounds awesome!!! Really!! And.. I didn’t expect from the cover that this has a male Narrator – I love male POV. I’m totally up for some fun and I will add this to my list right now:) Thanks!

  13. I’m very on the fence about this one. I really tend to not like road trip books but this one does sound interesting since it has a male POV.

    Plus the name Alexa is in the book! That is a win in my opinion…no I am not biased! lol

    Thanks for the great review, I’m glad you really enjoyed this one. :)

  14. I didn’t even realize this book had a male POV. I really, really want to read it now. It sounds so freaking adorable. And I like the sort of books where the characters are on the brink of big changes and are sorta trying to savor what’s left of the present before that happens. Awesome review.

  15. Ooh! Sounds like a lot of fun! 😀 I love Contemp, love road trips, love music in my books & love male narrators!! 😀 I’m totally going to have to read this one soon! 😀

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