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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 smal...more
Hardcover, 310 pages
Published February 16th 2012 by Dutton Children's Books
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Giselle
This cover screams Fun in the Sun! This blurb screams Road Trip and Music! So I was going into this expecting a light, fun, read. It's nothing like that. It has it's fun moments for sure, but the story is very sad bordering on depressing with a deep "finding oneself" message. This is not a bad thing at all. In fact I often enjoy books with this vibe, but going into this with opposite expectations really threw me for a loop.

The story is told in Colby's point-of-view. He and his best friend Bev ha...more
Maggie
Something that 18-year-olds and potheads have in common (if they're not one in the same) is that they think everything they say is so DEEP and PROFOUND. The problem is that I don't belong to either group.

The Disenchantments is the story of four friends and bandmates who hit the road after three of them (Colby, Bev, and Meg) graduate from high school. Colby, the lone boy, is our narrator and manager of the Disenchantments. On the eve of the trip, Bev tells Colby that despite their plans to visit...more
Sandra
Some books snug up to my heart. They imprint themselves on me to the point where they become a personal experience, appealing to a part of me that wonders and thinks and feels deeply.
Nina LaCour's finely written book The Disenchantments crept up on me hooking me into some deep and contemplative thinking. Colby, the narrator, muses to himself, “I want to find the right fit. I'm getting closer, but I also know that I might never really have everything figured out. I might be searching forever”....more
Alexa

My review can also be found on my blog Collections.

3.5 stars

I felt pretty disconnected at times with The Disenchantments. I love reading from the male POV, and even though I rooted for Colby, he didn't do much for me. Colby's in love with his best friend Bev, and for most of the book, I had a hard time understanding why. Bev was distant and didn't seem to care about Colby's feelings. I just couldn't get myself to like her. Eventually, Bev explained why she had been acting that way. And I got it....more
kari
Jun 27, 2012 kari rated it 2 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2012, ya
Disenchanting?
Most definitely.
So I guess this one is aptly named.
Actually 1 1/2 stars ... barely.
I won't be reading this author again. I didn't feel that I was reading the voice of a guy for the most part. Other than when some other guy says hey bro, I started to wonder if Colby was, in fact, a girl with a gender neutral name, particularly since the love interest, Bev, makes out with boys or girls.
Speaking of the love interest, in order for this story to work, the author needs to sell me on...more
Laura
{This review originally appeared on Clear Eyes, Full Shelves. }

When we are young, we are whimsical dreamers.

Our parents and the adults in our lives encourage this fanciful mindset. They tell us that with hard work, we CAN INDEED be elected President of the USA, possibly even without winning the overall popular vote. We WILL INDEED see our favorite football team win the Super Bowl in our lifetime, since there’s no way they could possibly lose 4 years in a row.

But as we get older, we are encourag...more
laaaaames
Mar 06, 2012 laaaaames rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommended to laaaaames by: Brandy Colbert
Short review: every single character in this book's relationship status on Facebook is, hopefully, "It's complicated".

Long review:

Dear Colby, protagonist of this book,

Nearly ten years ago, I made plans to move to my dream big city. My best friend decided she would too, with the plan of arriving a few months after me. It sounded like the best future in the world. Then suddenly when I talked about it she grew uncomfortable and shuffly, and one day she refused to talk to me and refused to say why....more
Evan
I finished this book in February. It's April and I still think about it. I think that says enough, right?

Well, here's a few more things to consider: there's a scene early in the book -- the band's first show in some dude's basement -- that had me smiling the whole way. Upon reading that scene, I knew that this was not going to be a slog through romantic angst or trauma or manufactured danger. This was going to be a quest for understanding and purpose (because the world is always demanding we "h...more
Hilda
Addictive and beautiful, The Disenchantments is one of my favorite contemporaries this year.

The Disenchantments kicks off with two best friends Colby and Bev graduating from high school. Colby is ecstatic because in one week, he will be touring Europe with his best friend Bev. They have planned the tour since the beginning of high school year, and he can hardly wait for them to spend a year together in amazing countries in Europe. Before the much-awaited journey in Europe, the two best friends w...more
Keertana
Rating: 3.5 Stars

It is difficult for me to fathom now, looking back, that I considered abandoning this novel many times during its first quarter. The Disenchantments starts out as a dull book, which hardly seems possible as it begins with a group of friends setting on a road trip to make music, but dull it certainly is. And then, suddenly, everything begins to pick up and from that point on, it hits you – or it hit me, at any rate – like a ton of bricks that this book; this book is so, so good a...more
Angela (:
We felt so small with the city lights stretching forever below us, and we yelled at the top of our lungs because we were just these small humans but we felt more longing than could ever fit inside us.

I have mixed feelings about this book. I like it, and I don't.

First things first. I HAD NO IDEA COLBY WAS A GUY. Not a single clue. I didn't know until he said "she's a girl and I'm a guy." I had to stop reading to process that fact that Colby is not a girl, but a guy. From the synopsis, I assumed C...more
Lauren
The Disenchantments is kind of a quiet book; on the surface it seems to be a fun road-trip/bonding story, but Nina LaCour turns it into so much more. She has this way of taking your emotions and giving them a great big squeeze—there’s an enormous amount of power packed into her writing and the plights of the characters. The hairs on the back of my neck stood up at certain points in the story; sometimes because of the connection I felt to the characters’ emotions, but sometimes just because of th...more
Terri
I just finished the ARC of Nina LaCour's new book, "The Disenchantments" - due out it in February of 2012. I am so honored to be one of the first to read it...Having just spent quite a bit of time with Nina LaCour recently, and having just gotten back from a trip to the San Francisco area, it was hard for me to separate all of that from the book because there is so much of Nina LaCour and the Northern California area in the book - the music, the art and photography, the ultimate hopefulness of t...more
Isamlq
4.5/5

i found myself doing something i’d not done in the longest time while reading a book. i normally just zip through these then throw out the points that’s left an impact on me. usually, i come away with what i liked and didn’t like (an isa meets so and so plus highlights, if you will.) but this one? this one had me reaching for my pen to jot down thoughts i didn’t want let by. and while i’ve ended up with another one of my meet the characters (here: colby and bev) thing, i’m not complaining b...more
Mrs. S
I realize that when I give five stars to a book, it's usually done one of a few different things to me: maybe it kept me on the edge of my seat, made me gasp or cry or laugh out loud. Sometimes, though, and I think these might be my secret favorites, it's just made me feel full in a way that's hard to explain. It's not teary, necessarily, although it often makes me want to cry a little. I'm talking about books that let you feel your feelings without slapping you in the face with them. For me, th...more
Eden
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....more
Crini
Ich liebe solche Bücher wie ‘The Disenchantments’. Hier steckt so viel Spaß und Gefühl drin, dass man sich einerseits fühlt als wäre man selbst mit dabei und andererseits empfindet man den ganz starken Wunsch, wirklich dabei zu sein.

Jeder, der Bücher über Road Trips und Musik liebt, sollte sich sofort dieses Buch schnappen, es sich gemütlich machen, am besten noch irgendeine rockige Girlband dabei aufdrehen und sich in diese wunderbare Geschichte fallen lassen und ein kunterbuntes Abenteuer erle...more
 Arushi
Bev was a total bitch and Colby was clueless.

Now, if "You two are not meant to be" wore a ski mask, shoved Colby into its white van and took him to a desert and beat him on the head repeatedly with a blunt object, Colby still wouldn't know it was "YOU TWO ARE NOT MEANT TO BE YOU IDIOT".

The End because that's all there is to this story because 1. Colby's "epiphany" didn't move me and 2. I couldn't care for any of the characters. Even that punk chick and her sister and that tattoo dude.

God, how I...more
Cecilia Gray
If this book were a boy I would have the biggest crush on it. I would gush about how he's so funny and witty but like also dark and sensitive and omg so so so nice but has a bit of a dark side, but not too dark, and he's so hot and I think he gets me - like really gets me - and I'm pretty sure we're going to get married and make book babies. Why can't this book be a boy?
Lexie
I could say something deep. Something about love and epiphanies and growing up and being a teenager on the brink of everything just wondering what the fuck you're going to do with this whole entire life.

But I don't want to say that. Here's what I want to say:

Nina LaCour has the most honest writing I've ever read.
Shelia
Jul 09, 2011 Shelia marked it as to-read
That...is one of the worst covers I've ever seen. It looks like someone downloaded a picture from weheartit.com and wrote some text on top.

(edit: Don't get me wrong, I love weheartit.com, but for a book cover? Seriously?)
Nyrae Dawn
Really loved this book. It was exactly what I needed. There are few books that make it to my all time favorites and this is one of them.
Lori (Pure Imagination)
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 throug...more
Meghan
I picked this up at B&N as an impulse buy. I'm usually very careful about buying books if I haven't heard anything about them, but this was an exception. I liked the title, the cover, the summary on the back of the book. All seemed well.

It was a good book, but not as great as I thought it would be. The Disenchantments is a tale of four teens, three who have just graduated high school, on a week-long tour from California to Portland with their band called The Disenchantments. There's love and...more
Angela
Wow, tell me why I don't read contemporary more often? Talk about powerful. I think contemporary novels are the type that really keep you thinking about your life and the people surrounding your life. Although it is still a work of fiction, I think there is much truth behind the words of contemporary novels that just aren't behind words in paranormal or horror. I feel like contemporary speaks to you in a way other genre's just don't. There were so many messages, morals, ways to relate to these c...more
Lanxal
1. Read The Disenchantments.
2. Feel like you can die now.

This book reminds me so much of John Green, except maybe even more intense. The ending was so unexpected and yet so satisfactory, like it's what really happens in life - delightfully screwy and not at all perfect and yet feels right. Freaking loved it.

This isn't the first time I've had this kind of tidal wave of emotion (awesome cliche is awesome and not cliche, lamers.) wash over me because of a book. But everytime, it's amazing. It's lik...more
Christianna Marks
You can read this and many other reviews on my YA book blog The White Unicorn!

Guys I wanted to love this book, I really did. Road trip with a band followed by an adventure to Europe. That's my dream life, but what isn't my dream life is this book. I'll admit that I would have given the last 90 pages a 3 unicorn rating, but it was what came before that that made this book not work for me. I think had the book started with the last 100 pages and continued, I would have been much more pleased with...more
Katelynn
I'd write a love letter to this book if I had a clue what to say.

Finally, a YA author who values the friendship between her characters more than romance. This is a book about a boy who is in love with a girl but far more than that it is the story of love and kindness between friends and how that love and kindness reflects upon them and everyone they meet on their journey.

This book hurt sometimes. Nina LaCour is an artist with prose and dialogue and subtlety and little moments that mean a lot....more
Sandy
2.5 stars

I think I'm too old for this book. It's the literary version of It's not you; it's me.

The writing is good, the premise is fun and flirty (who doesn't love road trip books, especially road trip books about a mediocre girl band and their sweet-boy groupie?), and the guy voice of the narrator feels authentic, which we all know can be hard to accomplish. This is a GOOD book, a well-written book, and there's a segment of YA readers that will love and relate to it, but it just wasn't for me.

C...more
Pam
Fans of Sarah Dessen there is something new to read while you wait for SD"s next novel. It is the story of Colby and Bev, best friends since elementary school, and Bev's band members, Meg and Alexa, as they tour for a month after graduation before heading to college and the great big world. Of course it is the story of unrequited love, betrayal, loss of innocence, trust, and growing up. There are lots of "last times..." and trying to figure out the world as everything seems new. All four band me...more
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Nina LaCour grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area. Her first job was at fourteen in an independent bookstore, and she has since worked in two others. She has tutored and taught in various places, from a juvenile hall to a private college. She now teaches English at an independent high school.

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