The Disenchantments by Nina LaCour {Kelly’s Review}

Posted 17 December, 2012 by Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal / 8 Comments

The Disenchantments by Nina LaCour {Kelly’s Review}The Disenchantments by Nina LaCour
Genres: Friendship, Love & Romance, Music, Performing Arts, Social Issues, Young Adult
Pages: 336

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.

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8 Responses to “The Disenchantments by Nina LaCour {Kelly’s Review}”

  1. I was so excited for this, preordered it and started it soon after it arrived. I read about 150 pages but was just struggling too much, I wasn’t enjoying it. With it being the end of the year and all, I’ve been going back over and reading any books I had started but not finished and was still interestedin giving it one last shot – The Disenchantments was on that list and I gave it a go. In the end, I liked it. I especially liked the last chapter or so, that was by far my favourite part. Though I didn’t want to stabbity-stab Bev, I did find her unlikeable. Glad you warmed to her a little once she started talking but I get not liking the lying part, I wasn’t a fan of that either. Great review :)

  2. I don’t think I’d be forgiving about it either. When main characters are…annoying and misguided and self-absorbed, my anger toward them blinds me to whatever else is happening in the story. I just sit there like, Is she/he for real?

    Needless to say, I’d probably feel similarly about this, so I can pass!

    • This may sound weird, but I was more angry that she had disappointed Colby and that she hadn’t had the guts to own up to what she wanted. I get *why* she did what she did but she allowed it to go on for so long that she ended up hurting him on several levels and I found that reprehensible.

  3. Hmmm. I feel a little stabbity toward Bev myself Kelly! I totally get that Colby needed to define himself individually as opposed to who he is when he’s with Bev, but I feel like there might have been a better way to go about assisting him in that endeavor ;-) I’m the type of person that tends to hold a grudge – whether the person that inspires that reaction in me is real or fictional – so it would take me a long time to get to a place where I wasn’t frustrated with Bev for what she did. I’m, apparently, not a very forgiving person either. Oops:)

  4. I’m glad you stuck with this one to get to the great lesson in the end. I know sometimes teen books are very hard to read because there is so much drama to get through at times in order to get the the bigger picture. I don’t know that this one is for me but it does sound interesting.

    Thanks for the great review!