By Nina LaCour
Available 16 February 2012
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?
Morris Award—finalist Nina LaCour draws together the beauty and influences of music and art to brilliantly capture a group of friends on the brink of the rest of their lives.
This Blonde’s Review:
Most YA books I’ve read are told from the girl’s perspective, so it was nice to read one from a guy’s point of view for once. Colby is best friends and has been in love with Bev for years. Even though she doesn’t seem to return the feelings, and even though she often makes out with other people in front of him.
Colby believes they have a plan for after graduation. They’re going on tour with Bev’s band and then they’re going to tour Europe. Colby has so much faith in this plan he refused to apply for any colleges. Lucky for him he has unusual parents who support his plans and a mother who is in Europe to visit while he’s there. As they start the band tour Bev is acting distant and soon confesses that she isn’t going to Europe since she was accepted to a college she wanted to attend. To make matters worse for Colby, Bev refuses to say why she applied to college without telling him.
As they continue on tour we learn enough about Colby to make it clear he’s exactly the kind of guy we all needed in our lives. He’s always there for the people he cares about and will do things he’s uncomfortable with if it means a lot to them. Obviously he’s like that for Bev, but he’s like that for the other girls in the band as well. We learn about Colby’s family and see that his after graduation plans follow in the family footsteps in many ways. Colby also finds a mystery that he’s deteremined to solve.
As Colby continues on the tour and attempts to find out why Bev kept such an important secret he also has to figure out what he’s going to do next now that his plans with Bev have fallen through. Will he go alone or stay home?
I love that this is more than a story about Colby’s friendship with Bev the way the description makes it sound. It’s about his friendships, but it’s also about Colby finding which path to go down without letting Bev determine it for him. I love that what I would have expected his next option wasn’t what he chose. I think he chose the best thing he could have and love imagining what happened next for him.
If you enjoy reading a story about a guy trying to figure out his future when his plans fall through and seeing him discover more about his friends and himself while he does, then you’ll enjoy this one. Be sure to pick it up in February!