21. June 2012 · Comments Off · Categories: Andrea, Contemporary Fiction, Romance, Teen Books

The Disenchantments by Nina LaCour, 307 pages, read by Andrea, on 06/20/2012

Based on the cover, I thought this book looked like a good summery, fun-in-the-sun kind of book. Completely wrong. The book’s timeline basically covers a group of friends’s week long road trip together after high school graduation before they all have to face the grownup world.The Disenchantments are a three-girl band (Bev, Meg, and Alexa) that pretty much stinks and their roadie/bodyguard/transportation Colby. The band was the brain child of Bev, stemming from a crazy idea she came up with their first year of high school. Sadly since they have all just graduated, (except Alexa, who is one year behind them) and they don’t have much time left together before they have to move Meg in to her new college dorm.

Colby and Bev have been best friends that go way back and he believes he has life after high school all figured out. The Disenchantments’s “farewell tour,” and then a year long trip to Europe with Bev, a trip they’ve been planning out and saving up for for years. However, just miles after the tour has started, Bev announces her decision to go to college. She applied and was accepted, and now Colby is faced with the terror of not knowing what he is going to do with his life now that he is out of high school. Everyone he knows has a plan but him.

I liked this book because it reminded me of how great it felt the summer right after high school graduation. Like the book, it is full of possibility and promises, saying goodbye to people you know and saying hello to those you have yet to know, and making tough decisions to show that you are on your way to being an adult.

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