The Disenchantments


How did I get it?:
I bought it!


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?


I’ve had this book on my shelf for quite some time now and also Nina LaCour’s Everything Leads To You. I felt in the mood for a contemporary read, so I picked up The Disenchantments. It didn’t take me long to read at all. It certainly has all of the elements for a hit contemporary read. There’s a summer road trip, music, art, love and friendship.

The Disenchantments is told from Colby’s perspective. I didn’t expect the story to be told from a male perspective, but I really appreciated that it was. It felt different to many other contemporaries. Colby is touring with his best friend’s band The Disenchantments who are awful, but so bad that they’re good! Colby has had feelings for Bev for many years. He’s excited now that they’ve graduated as they’ve always had plans to travel around Europe. However, Bev tells him she’s going to college now and not travelling with him. Colby is distraught, he feels Bev is becoming distant and now he doesn’t know what he’s going to do with the rest of his life.

I think it’s important that contemporary books do use a male point of view. I found it refreshing. Colby’s problems are relatable to both sexes. There’s plenty of female characters as well, some of which I became very fond of. I’m not quite sure what Colby saw in Bev though. She just seemed rude and very dismissive of Colby! Of course, there are reasons for Bev’s behaviour, but unfortunately, I couldn’t gel with her as a character. She just annoyed me!

I’m looking forward to exploring more from Nina LaCour. I found her writing to be incredibly easy to read. It was fun in places and raw in parts. It was a perfect mix of what I look for in my contemporary reads. The only reason that I’m not rating it four stars is because I didn’t connect with the characters as much as I like to.

Would I recommend it?:

A fun, but gritty tale of finding your place in the world. Perfect for contemporary fans!

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