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The Disenchantments

LaCour, Nina (Book - 2012 )
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
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Colby's post-high school plans have long been that he and his best friend Beth would tour with her band, then spend a year in Europe, but when she announces that she will start college just after the tour, Colby struggles to understand why she changed her mind and what losing her means for his future.
Authors: LaCour, Nina
Statement of Responsibility: Nina LaCour
Title: The Disenchantments
Publisher: New York : Dutton Books, 2012
Edition: 1st ed
Characteristics: 308 p. ; 22 cm.
Summary: Colby's post-high school plans have long been that he and his best friend Beth would tour with her band, then spend a year in Europe, but when she announces that she will start college just after the tour, Colby struggles to understand why she changed her mind and what losing her means for his future.
Subject Headings: Best friends Fiction Friendship Fiction Bands (Music) Fiction Automobile travel Fiction Secrets Fiction Artists Fiction Northwest, Pacific Fiction
Topical Term: Best friends
Friendship
Bands (Music)
Automobile travel
Secrets
Artists
LCCN: 2011021953
ISBN: 9780525422198
0525422196
Branch Call Number: FIC L
Research Call Number: JFD 13-1488
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"With high school finally over, Colby joins his best friend (and long-time crush) Bev and her all-girl band, The Disenchantments, for one last tour. Then Bev and Colby will finally set off on the European adventure that they've been planning for years. Once they hit the road with the band, however, Bev reveals that she's abandoning the Europe trip -- and Colby -- in favour of going to art school. Stung and confused, Colby spends the rest of the tour learning to let go of old dreams and embrace unexpected possibilities. Quirky characters and musical references (both popular and obscure) round out this this vibrant, exciting, coming-of-age story." Teen Scene February 2014 newsletter http://www.libraryaware.com/996/NewsletterIssues/ViewIssue/8a08e81d-ac97-440e-96bf-f540fa04887e?postId=e2010111-5bc0-46cc-8cac-949874a1f8c0

Jun 26, 2012
  • Yahong_Chi rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Thinking about it, I get the feeling that Colby's perspective, while male, is really written for girls. Though he has his own problems, so much of his interior development involves Bev, Meg and Alexa that I can't imagine any guy picking this up. It makes it less realistic, yes, but at least it doesn't detract at all from my enjoying the story, as a girl.

Colby's head is a thoroughly comfortable place to be. He has his tantrum-y moments, and he also has his insightful moments that make you go, Yes. That's what discovery and creation are about. Meg and Alexa's sisterly bond provides an excellent foil for the rocky relationship between Colby and Bev (if relationships can be foils, hehe), and the individuals themselves also shine with their own character arcs. One can almost forgive Bev's unsavoury behaviour by the end... but not quite. Which is a bad thing, but also a good thing, as LaCour manages to keep our sympathies with Colby.

I didn't know what to expect from this road trip story, but if all road trips novels are like this (Antony John, Thou Shalt Not Road Trip, anyone? *goes off into squeeing fits*) then I'm all for them. There weren't a multitude of forgettable side characters, as I feared; in fact, I'd say Jasper was my favourite out of all of them. (Him and his tattoos and his big-world dreams! <3) All of the secondary characters are completely winning with their own back stories.

The themes of music and love are intertwined in fascinating ways, though it's difficult to explain here without giving away too much. The Disenchantments may be the worst girl band ever, but LaCour manages to work in a solid thread of music history through Colby's family. The questions on love Colby and the girls raise are as deep as the sculptures Bev creates and the street art Colby makes. Alexa's notebook of jobs (apparently they rack up to the 400s) is an interesting twist on the careers question.

This, most definitely, is a real feel-good self-discovery novel. Who doesn't love those warm fuzzy feelings at the end of a book?

Jun 12, 2012
  • allisonallain rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Road trip Book review: The Disenchantments by Nina LaCour. Originally published February 2012 by Dutton Children’s Books.
Colby and Bev are best friends who have been planning since their freshmen year for the minute they graduate high school. They will be travelling through Europe for a year before going to college. People at their school are shocked that they are actually going to go through with it.
The wheels are literally in motion. Bev is in an all-girl band called “The Disenchantments” and they are going on a week long tour doing small town gigs. Colby borrows his uncle’s van to drive them across California. Almost immediately after leaving Bev announces that she has gotten into RISD and will be going to college that fall. Colby is shocked and hurt even though he wants to turn around he has to continue with the band on their road trip. Since he didn’t have a backup plan and didn’t apply to any colleges he needs to figure out what he will be doing for the next year.
So I picked up this book because it is a road trip book and of course it fit the theme of the month, but it was also on my TBR pile. I thought from the cover that it was going to be a fun lighthearted summer read, but alas it is not. This story is really a coming of age story about finding one’s self. Colby needs to decide not only what he will be doing the following year but what he wants to do forever. So much of his time has been focused on planning this amazing trip with Bev that suddenly his world is turned upside down.
I liked the all the characters. I thought that Bev was annoying especially in the beginning; I couldn’t understand how she could treat this guy who is her best friend so horribly. She lied to him and let him believe that their plans were a go. I especially liked the sisters Meg and Alexa they brought some fun and quirk to the book which lightened the story. I also liked all the secondary characters that they met on their trip and how they all fit into the story. I like that the band sucked and yet people loved/liked them.
In conclusion: Not the story I expected to read going into it. This is more serious with some lighthearted times. Nonetheless it was a quick story that was good and I think the story will resonate with a lot of different people.

Music they listened to: Girl groups including The Supremes, Heart, The Chiffons, Runaways etc..
What they drove: Volkswagen van named Melinda
Where they traveled: From San Francisco to Portland Oregan, and Seattle.

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Apr 16, 2012
  • MeganCallaway rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

I read this for a Mock Printz 2013 book club, and I really liked it. It was kind of like Paper Towns meets Nick & Norah's Infinite Playlist. I thought the characters and the story were great, but for me, it was missing that special something that a Printz winner needs.

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Jun 28, 2014
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