Title: The Disenchantments
Author: Nina LaCour
Date Started: March 29
Date Finished: April 1
Format: Hardcover from local library
Colby and Beverly have finally hit the milestone they have been waiting for since they were fourteen. They’ve graduated from high school and now they’re about to go on the biggest trip of their lives. It starts with one last road trip up the coast – a mini tour of the band that Bev and two other girls (Alexa and Meg) are in. At the end of the road trip they’ll drop off Meg at her college so that way she can move in and start the summer program. Then when the others get back to San Fransisco, Bev and Colby are taking off for their year long journey through Europe where they plan on seeing EVERYTHING.
But sometimes plans don’t work out, after dealing with a flustered Bev for the first hours of their trip, Colby finally asks her what’s going on and she tells him. Bev got into RISD and she’s going to go, so she won’t be going to Europe with him next week because she needs that money for college. Colby is flabbergasted. He didn’t even know that she had applied. Now, he doesn’t know what he’s going to do when the trip is over and the once close best friends have to realize that maybe they aren’t as close anymore.
This book pretty much had everything that I like in a contemporary novel. A road trip at the end of high school with a group of best friends. The two main characters – Bev and Colby – are best friends above everything else, even though one of them wants to be more. All the random people that they met on the trip, and some of them don’t turn out to be random at all but connected in a weird way. Like Jasper for instance. The guy who is a tattoo artist that Meg gets her tattoo from turns out to have a book of tattoos where Colby finds a design his mother painted twenty years ago. Now, while they are on this semi-music tour, Colby tracks down the people who got these tattoos and learns their stories. Plus he gets to do some awesome things that he never thought possible before.
Final Rating: 4 out of 5 stars. The only reason that this book isn’t getting the full five star rating, is because Bev reminded me too much of Margo from Paper Towns for my liking. Especially with her whole reason as to why she really called off the Europe trip. However, since it was only a small detail, the rest of the book is pretty good with a bunch of interesting minor characters. Remind me if I ever go on a road trip to bring along someone like Alexa. That girl was prepared for everything!
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