Editorial intern Alyssa Jaffer takes a dive into young-adult literature with a local author’s novel, hot off the presses from Penguin Group.
If it’s true that teenagers tend to be overemotional, then the proof is in the pages. San Francisco Bay Area native Nina LaCour attempts to summarize the adolescent experience in her young-adult book The Disenchantments (released today), yet misses the mark by overstating the drama of the teenage mind without any real character development. The age-old story of unrequited puppy love is set in the Bay and on a road trip north on the golden coast, with the occasional wink at San Francisco landmarks like Haight Street or the Mission. Colby, fresh out of a local arts high school, wrestles with his feelings toward his best friend Bev, lead singer of girl band the Disenchantments.