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The Disenchantments opens with an end and a beginning. Colby and Bev are graduating from high school and setting off on a once-in-a-lifetime journey, starting with a band tour road trip and ending with an epic European vacation. Things don't go quite as planned however, when Bev announces that she is actually planning on attending art school in the fall. Colby's whole world seems to fall apart at the seams at that moment and the ensuing story is his journey to discover what direction he really wants to take his life.
Colby was a very likeable character that I found I had no trouble connecting with (once I got over my initial shock of "Whoa, wait. Colby is a boy?!"). My heart went out to him instantly when Bev announces her plan. Even early on in the book you can tell that Colby has strong feelings for Bev that aren't returned quite the way he would like, but he's gotten comfortable in their roles with each other. Bev was another story for me as I felt like she was distant and hard to connect to throughout the story. I get why she is doing what she's doing but not the way that she went about it. It was really hard to watch her hurt Colby the way that she did.
This story is full of friendship, art, music, and good ol' fashioned fun. The story takes place over the course of only a week but you feel like you've known these characters your whole like. There is a sort of retro-modern-timeless quality to the story and its characters that I can't quite explain but absolutely loved. The Disenchantments is a book that you definitely want to have on your shelf if you enjoy contemporary YA or if maybe you're just in to road trip books. Either way, I think the characters in this one will worm their way into the hearts of many, many readers next year.