Review: THE DISCENCHANTMENTS by Nina LaCour

THE DISENCHANTMENTS by Nina LaCourReading level: Ages 14 and up
Hardcover: 304 pages
Publisher: Dutton Juvenile (February 16, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0525422196
Source: Publisher
Rating: ♥♥♥♥

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.

My Thoughts:

Upon learning that local bay area author, Nina LaCour was penning another contemporary novel I was beyond excited. Nina's Hold Still was an amazingly moving novel that still remains one of my favorite contemporary reads and now she has written THE DISENCHANTMENTS. A novel about a less than fabulous girl band going on tour, narrated from the perspective of Colby, their lone male roadie whom is facing some pivotal changes.


THE DISENCHANTMENTS is a touring road trip story but as soon as I began reading it, I knew it was going to be so much more. What actually started off as four close friends going on an adventure turns into a novel of deeper emotions one of self discovery, friendships and the choices that shape their lives and you will enjoy every moment that you are a witness of.

I must say that originally I was not a fan of the male perspective in my reading repertoire, but over the last few years some novels have change my mind about that. THE DISCENCHANTMENTS is one of those very novels. Colby is not what you consider the typical guy in fact he is embodies both the classic and uncommon traits that make you want to hug and smack him at the same time. I adore him to bits and love to see his character evolve and grow throughout the process of this book. He is by far my favorite character, but Bev follows close behind. Initially I did not find it easy to relate to her and her choices but I know that with your life ahead of you sometimes the least popular choice is hard to follow. The other cast of characters are not to be forgotten, everyone makes an impression and you cannot help but want to see them all succeed and know what happens to them down the road. I also enjoy the soundtrack that seems to always run in the back of my mind as I was reading this story, a testament to Nina's ability at creating a story with the perfect atmosphere.


THE DISENCHANTMENTS is a great novel that showcases the possibility of change, growth and how we all matter to one another. Our choices are ours to make regardless of outside influences and if we remain true to ourselves we will find what we are looking for. An endearing story that everyone can enjoy.



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