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The Disenchantments
ISBN: 9780142423912
Author: Lacour, Nina
Publisher: Penguin Group USA
Published: April 2013
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Annotation: Colby's post-high school plans were that he and his best friend Bev would tour with her band, then spend a year in Europe, but when she decides to start college just after the tour, Colby struggles to understand what losing her means for his future.
Additional Information
Library of Congress Subjects:
Best friends; Fiction.
Friendship; Fiction.
Bands (Music); Fiction.
Dewey: [Fic]
LCCN: bl2013016402
Lexile Measure: 780
Academic/Grade Level: Grade 10-12, Age 15-18
Book type: Juvenile Fiction
BISAC category:
Target Grade: 10-12
Grade level: 10-12
Physical Information: 1.00" H x 100.00" L x 5.50" W
Bargain Category: Growing Up, High School, $1 Books!
Grade level(s): 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Scholastic Reading Counts Info
Quiz #: Q57115
Reading Level: 4.7   Interest Level: Grades 9-12   Point Value: 17.0
 
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.

Contributor Bio(s): Nina LaCour (www.ninalacour.com) is the author of the award-winning Hold Still and widely acclaimed The Disenchantments. Formerly a bookseller and high school English teacher, she now writes and parents full time. A San Francisco Bay Area native, Nina lives with her family in Oakland, California.
Reviewed by Horn Book Guide 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.
Reviewed by Horn Book Magazine Reviews (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.
Reviewed by Publishers Weekly Reviews (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.)

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Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2012 January)

Gr 9 Up—Enchanting in its depiction of the cusp of young disenchantment, this realistic novel will hit home with many thoughtful YAs. Just after high school graduation but before a long-awaited trip to Europe for Colby and his best friend, Bev, comes a mini-tour, a handful of oddball gigs between San Fran and Portland for Bev's impassioned but technically weak girl band, all in less than a week. No surprise that Colby has been in love with her for longer than he can remember. Big surprise that she has been keeping secret her plan to attend RISD in the fall, not tour Paris and Stockholm. Bev's bandmates, Meg and Alexa, bass and drums respectively, round out the passengers in Colby's Uncle Pete's turquoise vintage VW bus. Lies and life sometimes get in the way of the carefully planned shows and highways, but the people the teens meet and the richness of their experiences take them where they need to go. Colby's dad's old band, a mysterious tattoo linked to a recording's cover art, conversations had and left unspoken, and lots of art—these provide some of the "mountains and canyons" of the contemplative but spectacular narrative. Characters and scenes are created with the same care and attention to detail that Bev spends on her tiny sculptures that allow the people and places of Colby's road trip of passage to pop to life. Profundities will be found or echoed for many readers: we all feel pain, need love, overcome fear, crave beauty—and lose ourselves and gain strength in the elemental force of music.—Suzanne Gordon, Lanier High School, Sugar Hill, GA

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