The Disenchantments

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The Disenchantments
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14+
Release Date
February 16, 2012
ISBN
978-0525422198
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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?

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One of My Favorite Books of All Time
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4.7
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5.0
Why I Loved It: Ok I'm worrying that I'm going to ramble. Or gush. Most likely gush. Disenchantments and I have an interesting history. Believe it or not, I gave it up at ALA. My friend was steaming because she wanted it. Luckily, they put out some more copies toward the end of the day, so we both got one. I'm not sure what it was, but something kept drawing me to the book so it slowly crept up my TBR pile. Now that I've read it, I wish it could have just kept going on and on in this incredible road trip of growing up and self-discovery.

I have to say this. The cover is amazing. I don't really want to change the picture under my currently reading section. Just the cover makes my blog look better. But there is so much more to this book than the cover. The book is what every teenager dreams of doing: going on a road trip with their close friends. The cover makes you think more girly. I was really surprised to discover that the book is told from a boy's point of view. He's actually the "roadie"on the trip with these girls making up a girl band that is the very essence of the stereotypical "girl band". That's the point though. The earnestness of belonging to a group and being something to each other.

The book just has so much truth to it. I've read the typical "coming-of-age" novel but this is going to top my list of favorites. The author portrays these emotions everyone feels at that age in such a raw, real way.

In the end, the book is more than the seven days of touring. It's a series of moments when a group of friends make memories, learn how to say good-bye, and ultimately learn to take those little moments and the big ones too and shape your life into something that matters. And to make sure that life is right for you.

Who Should Read It: Contemporary YA lovers, this book is for you. Anyone that loves a good road trip, enjoy the ride. *hehe pun intended*
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The Disenchantments (A Room with Books review)
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Maybe there’s something wrong with me, because while reading The Disenchantments I never wanted Colby to forgive Bev. This might come from the fact that I’m a terrible grudge holder, but part of it’s also due to the fact that Bev treated him horribly.

I’ve been through my fair share of best friend fights and at least one or two was due to the fact that they were starting to keep things from me and grow apart so I can definitely feel for Colby in that aspect. I felt so sorry for him when Bev started pulling away. She did thing after thing that hurt him and I just wanted to tell her off.
Which brings me to Bev. Quite honestly, I didn’t like her and I never ended up liking her despite the ending. Maybe I’m alone in this or maybe that’s the way LaCour wanted it, but it’s definitely how I felt.

I loved the how the road trip was not only a literal journey, but an emotional journey for all the characters too. It wasn’t just our main character, Colby, who went through changes, but all of them which I thought was really neat. Side characters can usually be done with or without. Sometimes they’re just there for advice, sometimes for comic relief, and sometimes for no other reason than the main character needs friends, but that’s not the case with The Disenchantments. Meg, Alexa, and Bev all make their own personal journeys.

The Nutshell: If you love road trips, great side characters, literal and emotional journeys, small towns, and watching one boy go through a multitude of emotions for one girl then The Disenchantments is definitely a book for you.

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