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.
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.