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Are You Experienced?

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Are You Experienced?

Are your parents strict? Do you hate all the stupid rules they give you? Do you ever wonder why they do that? You are not alone; Rich Barber, from ARE YOU EXPERIENCED? by Jordan Sonnenblick, has the same problem, or maybe worse. 
"Changing the time period between 1969 and 2014, Sonnenblick has readers enjoying this book from the start; since it's written from the point of view of a 15-year-old boy, readers will laugh throughout reading it; and with a shocking ending, readers will still enjoy this book after it’s over."
Rich is 15 years old and has a passion for music, especially playing guitar. When his girlfriend asked him to play at a protest rally, he quickly agreed without knowing it was a medical marijuana legalization rally. The police showed up, and his dad did too. He was in big trouble, and this happened at the worst time ever. It happened near the anniversary of his uncle’s death due to a heroin overdose 44 years ago. Rich's uncle was dad’s everything, so during this time every year, his dad always get depressed. Rich knows that much, but when he asked questions about Uncle Michael, he never gets an answer...until now. 
 
While his dad locked himself in the basement on the anniversary day, his mom told him a short story about his uncle. Determined to make thing right, he went down to the basement and tried to apologize. Shockingly, he found a guitar that belonged to Jimi Hendrix. He played one note and ended up in the hospital in 1969. Getting out of the hospital, he spent the next three days at Woodstock Rock Festival with his 15 year old dad, his uncle, and some random girls. Being the kid from the future, he promised himself to stop his uncle from using the drug and change everyone’s lives forever. While spending some time with his dad and uncle, he learned all the secrets and the answers to all his questions. But will anything change regardless of his knowing what will happen next?
 
Changing the time period between 1969 and 2014, Sonnenblick has readers enjoying this book from the start; since it's written from the point of view of a 15-year-old boy, readers will laugh throughout reading it; and with a shocking ending, readers will still enjoy this book after it’s over. For all fans of ‘60s rock music, this is the book that needs to be in your bookcase. 
 
Thanks to Sonnenblick, you will learn so much from reading ARE YOU EXPERIENCED? that it will give you a new perspective on many things in life. Compared to 1969, you will be thankful for all the things you have. Sonnenblick also answered the question why parents do what they do. Before you start hating those rules, just know that there must be a reason. This book is all about family love so that when you’re done, there will be a warm feeling in your heart.

Reviewed by Thanh Tu N. on September 16, 2013

Are You Experienced?
by Jordan Sonnenblick

  • Publication Date: September 3, 2013
  • Genres: Fiction, Music, Young Adult 12+
  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
  • ISBN-10: 1250025648
  • ISBN-13: 9781250025647