Book Review: THE DISENCHANTMENTS

the disenchantmentsAuthor: Nina LaCour

Number of Pages: 307

Publisher: Speak

Release Date: February 16, 2012

“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.”

– Goodreads.com

I read this book at a perfect time: the last week of my junior year of high school. This novel is all about change, and therefore I felt like I could really relate to many of the feelings that the characters experienced. If I had read it at another time I’m not sure if I would have enjoyed it as much. Regardless of that uncertainty, I’m happy to say that The Disenchantments was a great read.

This novel is fun, light, and quirky, yet it still has a deeper meaning to it. I love books with all of these qualities because they are entertaining and thought-provoking at the same time. The story itself takes place over the short course of a consecutive number of days (I believe about a week, but I could be wrong), but by the end I felt like I had known the characters for much longer than that. I haven’t read many books set in the Pacific Northwest of the United States, so I really liked exploring the small towns alongside Colby, Bev, and the rest of the gang. Furthermore, the ending was bittersweet yet satisfying. It was not entirely perfect for the characters, but it felt realistic and right considering their individual situations and personalities. I am very appreciative of the fact that Nina LaCour resisted the urge to write a happily-ever-after ending. Lastly, this book is all about an awesome road trip- what more could you want?

I did have some slight issues with this novel, however. My biggest problem with the story was that the characters seemed like stereotypical teenage hipsters to me. It felt like the author was trying much too hard to create characters that were unique, quirky, and individual. I appreciated this effort at times, but for the most part I thought it was too exaggerated. I also thought that some of the events were too random. Spontaneity can be a good thing, but it would be nice for the plot to have some meaning behind it.

I really enjoyed this novel, and I think that its few weaknesses definitely outweigh its many strengths. I felt like I could personally connect with several of the themes present in the story, which made it even better. This is an excellent book to read in the summer, especially if you’re experiencing the many changes that adolescence can bring!

My Rating: :0) :0) :0) :0) 4 out of 5 smileys.

Would I recommend it to a friend?: Yes!!

Have you ever read this book? What did you think of it? What other books by Nina LaCour would you recommend? Let me know in the comments section below!

Yours,

HOLLY

 

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