Review: The Disenchantments by Nina LaCour

Title: The Disenchantments

Author: Nina LaCour

Pages: 307 Pages

Publisher: Speak

The Blurb

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.

The Review

I know I keep banging on about this and I am probably getting boring by YA fiction is nailing it. It just is.

The Disenchantments by Nina LaCour is a great example of young adult fiction just getting it right. It is a coming-of-age story of Colby and Bev. Two friends who have promised each other that neither will go to college and that they will just head off and have adventures. Sometimes plans go a bit catawampus and life throws you a curve ball. This is exactly what happens and is the basis of this story.

What LaCour manages to do so skilfully is encapsulate the feelings of vulnerability in the face of the unknown whist also displacing the characters from their comfort zones. At the same time she has her characters dealing with emotions that we have all dealt with: fear, love and lust just to name a few.

I was not disappointed by The Disenchantments. Cheesy as it is to say, I was, in fact, thoroughly enchanted.

The Disenchantments by Nina LaCour is available now.

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35 Stars

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