The Disenchantments

Paperback | April 18, 2013

byNina Lacour

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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 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.

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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...

Nina LaCour (www.ninalacour.com) is the author of the award-winning Hold Still and widely acclaimed The Disenchantments. Formerly a bookseller and high school English teacher, she now writes and parents full time. A San Francisco Bay Area native, Nina lives with her family in Oakland, California.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:336 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 0.9 inPublished:April 18, 2013Publisher:Penguin Young Readers GroupLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0142423912

ISBN - 13:9780142423912

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Rated 3 out of 5 by from Cute, but a bit boring Colby and Bev have been best friend since they were just 7 years old. High school is almost over for them both and they're ready to hit the road and go to Europe on the trip of their lifetime. While on tour with the all-girl band called The Disenchantments, Bev tells Colby she has applied to college and won't be going with him. The sudden change in plans make Colby question his relationship with his best friend. Road trips are always so much fun an this book achieved many of the usual problems that would ensue if one went on one. Colby meets a lot of interesting characters on the way and finds the truth about himself, Bev and even his parents. You can say the book is about growing up. It sure felt like he learned a few things. I really enjoyed this book. It was cute, witty and a fun read!
Date published: 2014-11-11
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not what I expected, but still good. Road trip Book review: The Disenchantments by Nina LaCour. Originally published February 2012 by Dutton Children’s Books. Colby and Bev are best friends who have been planning since their freshmen year for the minute they graduate high school. They will be travelling through Europe for a year before going to college. People at their school are shocked that they are actually going to go through with it. The wheels are literally in motion. Bev is in an all-girl band called “The Disenchantments” and they are going on a week long tour doing small town gigs. Colby borrows his uncle’s van to drive them across California. Almost immediately after leaving Bev announces that she has gotten into RISD and will be going to college that fall. Colby is shocked and hurt even though he wants to turn around he has to continue with the band on their road trip. Since he didn’t have a backup plan and didn’t apply to any colleges he needs to figure out what he will be doing for the next year. So I picked up this book because it is a road trip book and of course it fit the theme of the month, but it was also on my TBR pile. I thought from the cover that it was going to be a fun lighthearted summer read, but alas it is not. This story is really a coming of age story about finding one’s self. Colby needs to decide not only what he will be doing the following year but what he wants to do forever. So much of his time has been focused on planning this amazing trip with Bev that suddenly his world is turned upside down. I liked the all the characters. I thought that Bev was annoying especially in the beginning; I couldn’t understand how she could treat this guy who is her best friend so horribly. She lied to him and let him believe that their plans were a go. I especially liked the sisters Meg and Alexa they brought some fun and quirk to the book which lightened the story. I also liked all the secondary characters that they met on their trip and how they all fit into the story. I like that the band sucked and yet people loved/liked them. In conclusion: Not the story I expected to read going into it. This is more serious with some lighthearted times. Nonetheless it was a quick story that was good and I think the story will resonate with a lot of different people. Music they listened to: Girl groups including The Supremes, Heart, The Chiffons, Runaways etc.. What they drove: Volkswagen van named Melinda Where they traveled: From San Francisco to Portland Oregan, and Seattle. Check out my blogs for more reviews:http://bibliophilesisters.wordpress.com/
Date published: 2012-06-12

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Editorial Reviews

"A rich tapestry that will make readers confident that they are in the hands of a master storyteller."--Kirkus Reviews, starred review

"Enchanting...this realistic novel will hit home."--School Library Journal, starred review

"Astonishing."--Booklist, starred review

"Make this book a part of your collection--you will not be disappointed."--VOYA, starred review