24 February, 2012

The Disenchantments by Nina LaCour

The Disenchantments
Pages: 307.
Publication: 16th February 2012/Dutton Children's Books
Buy It: Amazon | Kennys | 

"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?"

When I first saw the cover of The Disenchantments I will be honest, I expected a light and fluffy read about a road trip. It is not. 

Firstly the story, it is told from a male perspective, Colby. This being said, the book, I believe will not appeal that much to the male audience. I liked Colby, he seems sweet and funny and he is majorly talented. He is however, a bit of,  love sick puppy for Bev. I saw no appeal to Bev throughout the book. She is cold and distant but I like to believe she was not like this until she had to tell Colby she is going to college, not to Europe with him.

The secondary characters in the book were great. They were all interesting and brought something special to the book especially Meg. I really liked her. She is the kind of girl Colby should be after! 

I am glad Colby made the decision he did at the end. He deserves it.

However, The Disenchantments is not all romance and deep thinking and road tripping, it is also full of music. The book makes references to lots of older yet still great bands such as 'The Runaways, 'The Supremes' and 'Heart.'

The Disenchantments is quirky and humorous yet talks about the realism of growing up, saying goodbye to friends and doing what is best for you. It does not, however, have that special something that connects me to a book which was quite disappointing.

Final thought.
Give it a go. Although, the weeks journey with The Disenchantments was a little less than enchanting, it was still an experience.

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