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Colby and his best friend Bev have been as close as two friends can be for as long as they can remember, and they made the decision together to skip college right after graduation and travel Europe. But first, Colby and Bev have her band's small tour to participate in and then they are off to Europe. When they hit the road with the other members of The Disenchantments, Colby is sure he knows the plan and where everything is headed but he couldn't be more surprised by the twists and turns in the road.
The Disenchantments—Book Review
The Disenchantments is thoroughly enchanting, authentic, and heartfelt. The story involves an epic road trip with three teenage girls--Bev, Meg, and Alexa--who make up the band The Disenchantments, and Bev's best friend Colby. Their story is beautifully written and perfectly captures the moment in time just before everyone's lives head in different directions. The teens have just graduated from high school, except for Alexa who has just finished her junior year and is Meg's younger sister. They are without adult supervision, but are responsible, look out for each other, and for the most part, have close relationships with their parents, who they check in with often. Underage drinking and smoking take place, a teen character gets a tattoo, and language is graphic and rather prevalent. One character suffers from panic and anxiety disorder, has one pretty significant panic attack, and takes medication to control it. Teen sex does take place (a condom is used) and random making out is referenced. Two friends who thought they knew everything about one another have everything called into question and have to figure out who they are and where they are going. The people they meet along the way as they travel Northern California leave lasting imprints on their lives. Music, drama, and art are all important to these characters--and readers will want to listen to Sleater-Kinney, Heart, The Supremes, and The Runaways as the characters are so passionate about them. Complicated family relationships surface, and friends are incredibly supportive of one another in the difficult situations they face and decisions they must make. The journey the characters take is emotional as well as physical and leaves them ready to start the next chapter in their lives. >Book review trailer from YouTube: