Thursday, November 29, 2012

Bookanistas: The Disenchantments

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?

I absolutely love this cover, and a YA book about music and a road trip is pretty much right up my alley, so I bought this one the day it came out, all the way back in February. And then I never read it. I picked it up a lot, and I even started a time or two, but I never really committed to it, even though I knew I would probably love it. 

Part of my hesitation, I think, came from the various reviews I'd read that said that Bev was a completely awful character and people hated her. I didn't really want to get involved with a book that had an annoying main character, and I was scared that I wasn't going to like it as much as I liked the idea of it. But, luckily, I had nothing to fear because I absolutely loved this book. My instincts were right! It was SUCH a Jess Book. 

And I actually liked Bev a lot! Maybe because I totally GOT her...and I actually respected her for being honest with Colby, even though her timing was bad. But you guys know me, I love those unlikable, complicated characters, even when everyone else hates them. 

The writing here is awesome, and I love this journey that Colby takes with the girls. This is such a perfect story of growing up and self-discovery, with music and travel and tattoos as the backdrop. My favorite things. 

Check out what some of the other Bookanistas are up to:

Katy Upperman  delves into THE ELF ON THE SHELF
Stasia Ward Kehoe fawns over two favorite book blogs


  1. I really liked this one, mostly because it did something I'm working on remembering to do. It made every secondary character memorable, because, after all, everyone has something unique about them!

  2. I've seen this one in bookstores and around the blogs, but for whatever reason still haven't read it. Thanks for the reminder! :)

  3. I loved this book! I liked Bev too, actually. She seemed realistic and thoughtful to me, and I loved her independent spirit.

  4. I'm with you and Rebecca on Bev... She didn't bother me at all. In fact, she seemed so much more real than some YA girls, who hide pieces of themselves to maintain a perfect facade. Bev was all out there, love her or hate her.

  5. I loved this book! Bev didn't bother me either. I didn't even realize people didn't like her.

  6. I still haven't read this one yet, but it's on my TBR list. I have to agree that this cover rocks. I'd pick it up for that alone if I hadn't already read rave reviews. Looks like it'll be moving up the list!

  7. This sounds like a great contemporary! Thanks for sharing :)

  8. I LOVED this book and I knew you would too. I didn't know it was from Colby's POV when I first picked it up but it was a nice surprise.