Bookanista Recommendation: THE DISENCHANTMENTS

First and foremost, WELCOME HOME to my husband! He spent the last nine months deployed to Afghanistan and arrived safely back at Ft. Lewis last night. My daughter and I are beyond happy to have him home where he belongs, and I hope to share a few pictures from his homecoming in the coming days. Until then, check out what my (awesome!) neighbors
did to my house to help us celebrate:

And now, today’s Bookanista recommendation:
The Disenchantments by Nina LaCour (February 16, 2012)…

The DisenchantmentsI love this cover so much!

From Goodreads 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’m going to go out on a limb right now and say:


Yep. It’s that aMaZiNg.

I loved everything about this book, but particularly the tone (kind of hazy, hippy-dippy and blithe and arty), the voice (upper YA, honest, and completely authentic), and the intense romantic tension between our protagonist,
smart and yearning roadie Colby, and his best friend, moody and mysterious lead singer Bev. The Disenchantments is one of those rare books that had me rereading passages, picking sentences apart to figure out what makes them so simplistic but beautiful.

As Colby and The (beautiful, talentless, and utterly endearing) Disenchantments tour through small, forgotten towns in Northern California and the Pacific Northwest, they meet a cast of eccentric characters who are completely unforgettable. They uncover bits of a family mystery. They also begin to discover themselves and the basis of their relationships with each other, their families, and their futures. It’s a simple concept, yet so very fascinating.

While reading this book, I decided that Nina LaCour is masterful at crafting unique but enviable lifestyles. I couldn’t be LESS arty or musical, but she made me long to go to a creative arts high school, join a crappy girl band, and drive along the coast in a vintage VW van with my best friends,
a bag of pistachios, and a Magic Eight Ball.

Intrigued? You should be! And you should most definitely pick up The Disenchantments when it’s released on February 16th. I bet you’ll love it! (And a big thanks to my friend Rebecca Behrens for sharing her The Disenchantments ARC with me. Check out her review of the book HERE.)

Don’t forget to check out what other Bookanistas are up to today:

Christine Fonseca interviews author Denise Grover Swank
Jessi Kirby and Jen Hayley are wowed by WANDERLOVE
Corrine Jackson is mesmerized by MAY B.
Stasia Ward Kehoe interviews DIES IRAE author Christine Fonseca
Debra Driza is entranced by HEMLOCK
Gennifer Albin shares trailer love for STARTERS
Nikki Katz celebrates CINDER
Tracy Banghart marvels at JULIET IMMORTAL
Jessica Love spotlights SHINE

What are YOU reading this week?


24 thoughts on “Bookanista Recommendation: THE DISENCHANTMENTS

  1. Erin Bowman says:

    I’ve always had this one high on my TBR list, Katy. But now, after that review…. *bumps book up a million places* (I mean, I have to… since we share such impeccably good taste in books πŸ˜‰ )

    And I’m so glad your hubby is home!! So happy for you and your girl. (And what amazing neighbors you have). I hope your family is celebrating today, tomorrow, and all weekend long πŸ˜€

    • katyupperman says:

      We’ve already been having lots of fun celebrating with him! My daughter is attached to his hip!

      And I bet you’ll love THE DISENCHANTMENTS, Erin. It reminded me a bit of THE SKY IS EVERYWHERE in its mood and its utterly unique but completely authentic YA voice. In other words, it rocks!

  2. Tracy says:

    Wow – this is the first time I’ve heard of this book AND I SO WANT TO READ IT NOW!!!! Awesome review…and yay that your hubby is home!!!

    • katyupperman says:

      Thanks, Crystal! And yes, this book is all kinds of fun! It perfectly captures that intense YA longing and that weird phase between your teen years and adulthood. So good!

  3. Rebecca B says:

    Yay to lots of things, first and foremost your husband being home!
    I’m glad you loved The Disenchantments–I did, too! I actually find myself missing the mood and tone; that sort of hazy, bohemian, thoughtful vibe throughout the book. Ah. I loved this one.

    • katyupperman says:

      Thanks, Rebecca! And thanks again for sharing your ARC with me. I hadn’t heard of THE DISENCHANTMENTS until I saw it mentioned on your blog, so I’m very glad you posted about it. And yes, the mood… loved it!

  4. Lindsay says:

    Awww, welcome home to your hubby!!! I can’t imagine the fortitude it took to be away from him for so long, and to be taking care of a little one too! This book sounds AWESOME by the way. I will definitely add it to my TBR pile!!!

  5. Amie Kaufman says:

    Firstly and most importantly, YAY that your husband is home!

    Secondly, I adore that cover.

    Thirdly, you’re awesome–somehow I hadn’t heard of this, and I’m loving my contemp right now, so I can’t wait to get reading!

    • katyupperman says:

      Oh, I’m happy to have put it on your radar! I hadn’t heard of it until recently either, but holy cow… it’s just so, SO good! Let me know what you think, Amie!

  6. Bridgid says:

    Just wanted to say that it is oh-so-awesome that your husband is home!! (Not that, um, you don’t know that already.) πŸ™‚

    I love this book cover. LOVE. And it’s set in the PNW! Totally added it to my must-read list.

    PS: I looooooved Saving Francesca, btw. Another AMAZING recommendation. Thanks, Katy!!

    • katyupperman says:

      Thanks, Bridgid! I’m so glad you enjoyed SAVING FRANCESCA. I love and recommend anything by Melina Marchetta. πŸ™‚ I hope you give THE DISENCHANTMENTS a read… It’s fantastic!

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