Genres: Friendship, Love & Romance, Music, Performing Arts, Social Issues, Young Adult
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.
One character almost ruined the book.
My Thoughts on The Disenchantments
No lie, guys, if I had been asked to write this review a third of the way into this book it would have been a lot of “stabbity, stab, kill, hate one of the main characters, stab, stab” type of reviews. I LOATHED Bev for what she did. Or… not so much what she did as the idea that she had lied and lied and lied about what she wanted and then dumped it on Colby that she wasn’t going to Europe with him. Just like that. Not only that she wasn’t going to Europe but that she was going to college and “Ohh, whoops! Didn’t you apply anywhere Colby? Well, gee. This is awkward.” No, bitch, he didn’t apply anywhere because YOU GUYS HAD MADE PLANS AND YOU’D NEVER GAVE HIM ANY REASON TO THINK THAT THINGS WEREN’T GOING TO WORK OUT THAT WAY.
But then… then Bev slowly started talking. It was not an easy path to get me to the non-stabbity point, though. In fact, it wasn’t until the end that I could clearly see why she did what she did and it made sense. I can also see that Colby needed to define himself away from his best friend who just happens to be the girl he’s loved forever. So, yeah, he needs to find himself and with Bev beside him every step of the way, it wasn’t quite happening.
I get all that. I still hated Bev through a good portion of the book.
On the flip side, Colby was… I don’t know. I liked him. It actually pained me that he was so wrapped up in this girl who could lie to him and who hurt him with her carelessness. I was glad when he got angry at her. I was glad when he pushed back. I’m apparently not a very forgiving person because I would have left her sorry ass on the side of the road and gone on without her. Which is, oddly enough, why no one writes road trip books with me in the driver’s seat of a car. Go figure, right?
This was a hard book for me to get into but I can appreciate Colby’s decision at the end all the more because I waded through the Bev drama in the beginning. And I don’t feel all stabbity now that I can see where Bev is coming from. As a coming of age novel, it worked nicely. I just… the lying thing. I’m not a big fan of that part.