This is another mini-review! Mostly my immediate thought that I posted to goodreads after finishing the book.
I adored LaCour's debut, Hold Still, so she's been an author I've kept my eye on ever since.
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?
My (short) thoughts:
The Disenchantments is kind of like Zooey Deschanel.
I like Zooey, I really do. She's pretty awesome. But sometimes I think she goes a bit overboard with the quirky, a bit too try-hard. But other than that, she's pretty cool.
That silly simile aside, I really liked the way LaCour tackled the themes in this book. There is nothing really unfamiliar in the subject matters dealt with in this novel, but the author really did exceed my expectations in the way she carefully explored these themes and depicted unexpected realities of growing up. About finding yourself and the vast unknowing thing of a "future", the feeling of doing the right thing or wanting to.. all very familiar feelings.
The characters were interesting, but I was fond of Colby's growth more than him as an individual. Bev was fascinating because I could both resent her for her decisions yet they made perfect sense in my head. The plot was alright (but sometimes overboard with aforementioned quirkiness and unlikely coincidences) and the writing was lovely. I also loved the fact that despite all the touring, the all girls band kind of sucked.
We all want to feel something, we want to be someone to one another.Rating in HP Terms: Acceptable/Exceeds Expectations
Recommended for: road trip enthusiasts, contemp fans :)
Acknowledgements: loved! 5/5
8.3/10 - because while it hit all the right notes, it didn't really resonate with me. I thought the process of the book, the necessary stuff-- lovely writing, carefully plotted character development, quirky side characters, symbols-- was all there, but I was never head over heels (sadly). While it won't go down as the most memorable read, I'll happily say that The Disenchantments is a fantastic escapism novel that's perfect for summer.
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