Monday, 16 January 2012

ARC Review: The Disenchantments

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.
(To be released: February 16th, 2012)
The Disenchantments by Nina LaCour was a nice surprise that I wasn't expecting! When I received a copy for review from Razorbill I initially put it aside after reading the synopsis, thinking that it probably wasn't something that I was going to enjoy. Boy was I wrong! The Disenchantments was a heartfelt and emotional read that explored the difficulties of dealing with your family, leaving your friends behind, and ultimately growing up. 
When Colby discovers that Bev, his childhood best friend who he is secretly in love with, has abandoned their plan to skip college and tour Europe for a year he is faced with a million questions. Why would Bev leave him behind? And most importantly, what should he do with his life now? As Colby, Bev, and their band travel around the Pacific doing shows, the group discovers that growing up is probably one of the hardest things they will ever have to do. 
While I didn't  experience anywhere near the amount of problems faced by the characters in this novel when I was their age, the difficulty of growing up was the one thing I could definitely relate to. Everything the characters were feeling about leaving their childhoods behind were emotions that I myself went through when I graduated from high school. Heck, I even get some of those emotions now as I find myself coming to the end of my university career! The emotions that Colby was feeling were so deep that I even found myself getting teary eyed from time to time, especially at the end of the book! I had become so attached to Colby's narration that I found it hard to let him go, which just goes to show what an amazing job Nina LaCour did with the writing of this story!
While I really connected to The Disenchantments on an emotional level, that isn't to say that this book was absolutely perfect. I'm sure some readers might become annoyed by Bev and her cat and mouse game that she plays with Colby, but I think the overall message of the story will overshadow this slight irritation. Overall,  The Disenchantments really is the perfect road trip story! The cast of characters that Colby and his friends meet along the way will humour and delight you, especially Melvin and Jasper!  I would highly recommend this book to anyone who is currently graduating from high school, or for those who have ever felt some twinge of nostalgia for their teenage years.
4.5 Stars
(PS. Just thinking about this book while I write this review has made me teary eyed again. I told you it made me emotional!!!) 


Chelsey said...

When I read the synopsis for this, I wasn't sure it would be for me either, but after this review -- maybe it is!

I know exactly what you mean about relating to the "growing up" idea. I feel like around our age, you get to a point where it hits you that you're a responsible adult now and all those years of being carefree and blissfully unaware are over. I feel like I would be a ball of emotion just like you!

I love how you conveyed your feelings in this! Great review =) as always!

Andrea @ Cozy Up said...

I was debating about this book when I saw it on razorbill. The synopsis just didn't seem to catch my attention all that much. I like hearing that you can relate to the difficulty of growing up that comes up in this book. I'm still not absolutely convinced this book is for me but I'm a little more inclined to look at it. Thanks for the great review!

Traci @ The Reading Geek said...

Great review! I was looking forward to this book but I was waiting to see what other people had to say about it before I rushed out to buy it. It sounds really good though and I like the idea that it is about growing up. I am sure I will turn all emotional while reading this book too. Definitely going to have to pick this up now though as soon as it comes out.

Kristina said...

I can't wait for this book to come out! It looks awesome. I haven't read too many reviews on it though. Glad that you enjoyed it as much as you did!

Jenny said...

K, I think this one is on my TBR shelf. If not, I'll add it but I'm kinda thinking I might already have predicted how it will end. Oh well, I'm sure it will still be a fun journey.

Kim said...

Oh you are SO lucky! I really want to read this and your review has made me all the more excited. While I'm not graduating or anything yet, I think I'll still enjoy this because I love road-trip novels :) Great review!

Kim @ The Paper Planes

Natalie said...

Jenny: I thought I had the end predicted too but it didn't turn out exactly as I thought it would! I'm curious now to hear your theory on how you think things ended in the book! :)

Kim: I think you will still enjoy it! I've graduated from highschool and university and I still did!

Traci: You should definitely pick up a copy when it comes out!!

Andrea: I know! The synopsis is a little bit flat and doesn't make the book sound very exciting at all. I think this one is definitely more about character development then plot though, which was a nice change for me!

Chelsey: It is definitely just starting to hit me now that I'm an adult! Sometimes I wish I could just teleport back to Grade 12 when we would sit in English class with Kutapov or play cards in class instead of doing homework.... those were the days!

Karen @ Book Light Graveyard said...

Awww...this one sounds so great! I loved Nina LaCour's other book, so I'm hoping I like this one too. Great review.

Shoshanah said...

The cover of this has been really jumping out at me... I think because it looks so summary? I'm kind of surprised that it's such an emotional book, I wouldn't have guessed that from the cover, but if anything it just makes me want to read it more.

The Little Blue Pig said...

Yay, I got a ARC copy form Razorbill as well ^.^ It was a pleasant surprise to me too!

I've yet to read it but want to soon, especially after reading your review!

New Follower ^.^

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Loraine said...

Awesome review Natalie :) Here's mine if you don't mind:

Thanks and have a nice day! :D

**I like that your blog is not yet tainted with promos/commercialism. Indeed a refreshing experience for my browser that keeps on crashing**

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