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The Disenchantments

3.72  ·  Rating details ·  8,824 ratings  ·  989 reviews
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 sma
Hardcover, 310 pages
Published February 16th 2012 by Dutton Children's Books
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Jan 20, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc, own
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
this book was my life preserver against a reading slump.

like, "if i start this and read the whole thing in a day, then there's no way i'm slumping. no. way. even if i haven't finished anything in a hot second. even if i feel slumpy. it's science."

the book itself was whatever.

but at least i'm proven to not be in a slump!!!

anyway: lots of objectification of girls in this (bleh). lots of white boy whining (also bleh). road trip plotline, which i love, overshadowed by unrequited love and all the dra
Mar 14, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: a-z-book-2012, 2012
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
Hailey (Hailey in Bookland)
Loved the quirky characters and the whole band touring thing, but at times I found the characters to be almost unbelievably 'cool'. They were just a bit too picture perfect at times I guess, if that makes sense. Video review to come.
Jun 27, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2012, ya
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
Apr 07, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017, ya, worth-a-reread, spl
I was nervous going into this as I've had mixed luck with LaCour's work. She has a stunningly beautiful prose, but her stories are a hit or miss for me. Because of this, I've held off on reading THE DISENCHANTMENTS for the longest time & only picked it up as it caught my eye scanning through the library rack. "Well, this has been on my TBR for several years now, I might as well just give it a try." Now I can see it was a mistake waiting that long. Although, perhaps not. Sometimes things hit you ...more
May 03, 2012 rated it really liked it
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”.
Mar 06, 2012 rated it really liked it
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.
Emily (Obsessed Reader)
Very enjoyable. I liked the writing style. I couldn't really connect with the characters, but other than that it was a fun read. ...more
Aug 19, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Rating: 4.5 I loved this!

PERFECT book to read in the summer! It's so fun and easy to read.

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.
Apr 24, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
{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 encou
Dec 18, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
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
Sep 29, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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
Stay Fetters
Mar 14, 2016 rated it really liked it

This book made me think of traveling with my husbands band and even helping out when I can. Ah! The good ol' days. I honestly believe that I was their biggest fan.

You will instantly fall in love with these idiosyncratic characters. They will bring up memories from your past and make you reminisce about better times. Now only if I can talk my husband to join a band and travel the world.....

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
Dec 04, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
Stephanie Grimes
Nov 11, 2014 rated it really liked it
In the book ‘The Disenchantments’ by, Nina LaCour, Bev and Colby have a strong friendship that goes out all the way till graduation. After graduation, They decide not to go to college and just go to Europe together with Bev’s band. On the road they stop at a hotel and stay the night. During the night, Bev stays in Colbys room, and they “Sleep” together. After they leave Colby finds out he has developed feelings for Bev. On the way to Europe Bev has something to tell Colby.. Find out what the sho ...more
Laura (bbliophile)
Mar 23, 2019 rated it liked it
This was... okay, I guess?
Nov 09, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2012-favorites

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
Oct 30, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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
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
Jul 08, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
this one was very cute. i totally fell for it, what with the misunderstood teenagers in the band (a shitty band, but nevertheless a band), the road trip, and the college stuff. this is how i reckon my life would have gone were i pretty.

the disenchantments is a very honest look at what it's like to be a teenager, which i appreciate. lacour doesn't write with that implicit condescension that so many other YA authors write with; she respects teenagers as human beings, never invalidates their feelin
Ashley Owens
Jun 18, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned, queer
I really thought I would love this book and give it at least 4 stars. I mean it's by Nina LaCour - one of my top 5 favorite YA authors - and has so many of my buzzwords; music, road trip, Pacific Northwest... yes please!

Sadly these characters just were not for me the way the characters of her other novels were. I think I read this book at the wrong time in my life, I probably should have read it about 9 years ago.

Ultimately I did not find this compelling in any way. Le sigh.
Nyrae Dawn
Dec 21, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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.
Shannon Rochester
Feb 29, 2020 rated it liked it
I would say this is a 3.5 or even a 3.75 for me. I have seen the cover of this book so many times and thought about grabbing it but never did...until one day I DID. I was in the YA section for another book, which they didn't have, and grabbed this one as a replacement. I can't say I was disappointed. I loved the cover, the girl just looks so fun and carefree that you can't help but love her. If this is supposed to be Bev, that doesn't work for me. This was supposed to be a light and easy read an ...more
Joséphine (Word Revel)
Initial thoughts: The Disenchantments surprised me by how much it affected me. I mean, it was a fairly straightforward road trip novel during which the sights and places weren't pivotal to the travel aspect. However, the emotional rollercoaster was really there. This book had so much heart, which made me feel so much and also relate to Colby.

Can't say I've ever been in love with a best friend but I've clung on to promises that the other never meant to actually fulfil. Grappling with that was a p
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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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