The Disenchantments / Nina LaCour.
Booklist Reviews 2012 March #2
*Starred Review* LaCour's sophomore novel, following her Morris Award finalist Hold Still (2009), features coming-of-age themes—truth, uncertainty, pain, passion—which are as common as high-school graduates in June. Yet the novel also possesses an on-the-cusp-of-something soul as unique and memorable as new experiences are to every individual teen. The story tells of a group of creative friends who road trip from San Francisco to Portland so that the titular band, comprised of three hot girls, can play gigs (poorly), and the one guy can pine (unrequitedly) before going away to college . . . or not. The tattoo artists, bartenders, secrets, and lies the teens experience along the way are life changing, as they are destined to be; the feelings of betrayal, confusion, and wonder, and the words used to express them, such as love and f-bombs, are so authentic that introspective readers will feel that the characters understand them exactly. LaCour's skill and compassion make proclamations such as "We all want to feel something, we want to be someone to one another" seem more sincere than sappy and will entice readers to download the girl-band music. This is about the inside and outside of characters, the past and future of their lives—and it is astonishing. Copyright 2012 Booklist Reviews.
Horn Book Guide Reviews 2012 Fall
After graduation, Colby and his best friend Bev plan to tour the Pacific Northwest with her all-girl band then spend a year in Europe, forgoing college. When Bev reveals she's attending RISD in the fall, Colby panics about what he'll do next. This breathless novel celebrates the magic that results from spontaneity and the simple joy of an open road, a few good friends, and a limitless future.
Horn Book Magazine Reviews 2012 #3
Colby has just graduated from high school, and everything seems possible. He's going on tour with The Disenchantments ("they aren't very good, but…they look amazing"), the three-member, all-girl band he helped his best friend, Bev, to found. After that, he and Bev plan to spend a year in Europe, forgoing college. Before the band gets to its first gig, however, Bev reveals that she's attending RISD in the fall, leaving Colby panicked about what he'll do next. Colby struggles with her betrayal over the course of the week-long road trip; their adventure takes them from San Francisco to Portland, Oregon, and involves seedy motels, a dance party, hot tubs, an impulsive tattoo, graffiti, very little sleep, and fascinating people everywhere. When it's over, Colby recognizes that "I always knew what I wanted to do, I just didn't know I could do it." LaCour's characters are believably complex (though Colby's devotion to brooding, distant Bev is slightly puzzling), and their passion for art and life is contagious. Set to a retro, girl-power soundtrack of The Supremes, The Runaways, Heart, and Sleater-Kinney, this breathless novel celebrates the magic that results from spontaneity and the simple joy of an open road, a few good friends, and a limitless future. rachel l. smith Copyright 2012 Horn Book Magazine Reviews.
LJ Reviews Newsletter
Colby and Bev have been best friends forever. Now that they've graduated, it is time to hit the road with Bev's girl band, The Disenchantments, and then board a plane for Amsterdam, where they will start a year-long European adventure. One day into the road trip, Bev confesses that she applied to the Rhode Island School of Design instead and will not be joining Colby, leaving him reeling from the betrayal and at odds over how to spend the next year without her. The close confines of a turquoise tour bus named Melinda force The Disenchantments to face some uncomfortable truths, unraveling and reknitting their relationships in their last week together. Embellished by the music of girl groups ranging from The Supremes, to the Runaways, to Heart, this rare novel dares to voice the certainty of growing up: that it is hard to do and that some decisions cannot be unmade. A beautiful way to start any momentous summer. — "35 Going on 13" LJ Reviews 6/21/12 (c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
PW Reviews 2011 December #3
After Colby graduates from high school, his well-laid plans to spend a year traveling through Europe go up in smoke when his travel partner and best friend, Bev, reveals she's going to art school instead. Colby is angry and hurt, but he doesn't have time to do much brooding. He's committed himself to playing chauffeur for Bev's all-girl rock band, the Disenchantments, on their first (and probably last) summer tour. Chronicling the band's road trip up the West Coast, this insightful coming-of-age story expresses how a teen in limbo learns some profound lessons about disappointment, love, and the pursuit of dreams in some unexpected places. Between gigs, Colby meets unlikely kindred spirits—a tattoo artist, a semifamous graffiti artist, and a female farmer—whose outlooks influence his decisions about the future. LaCour (Hold Still) skillfully draws connections between art and life as she delves into the heart of her characters, revealing their fears and celebrating the creative forces that inspire them to reach for the stars. Ages 14–up. Agent: Sara Crowe, Harvey Klinger Inc. (Feb.)[Page ]. Copyright 2011 PWxyz LLC