YA Book Review

An Authentic Experience by Kelly Wittmann

The Book:
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Book Title: An Authentic Experience

Book Author: Kelly Wittmann

Genre: YA Contemporary

Publishing Date: February 12th, 2018

Publisher: Sarah Camilli Literary Agency

Synopsis: Fifteen-year-old Silver Abelli’s life has been as tumultuous as the punk rock she was raised on. Her divorced parents just don’t get along, even though they’re both musicians who stubbornly spurn the mainstream but secretly crave the limelight. Silver has always lived with her mom, Nicola, but when Nicola is diagnosed with a brain tumor, she must go to live with her obnoxious, hard-partying father, Renz. Because her family is so traumatized by Nicola’s condition, Silver doesn’t know where to turn when she suffers her own trauma. Will the truth set her free, or will it only make a bad situation worse? Find out in this story of family, friends, and young love.


Content Warning: Language, sexual content, and violence.

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The Review:

An Authentic Experience was definitely a unique read. Two parts punk rock, one part emotion, and one part teen angst. I couldn’t put it down!

I loved how it delved into the repercussions of divorce, and living in a dysfunctional family. I also loved how it showed that having a family member with a debilitating condition affects more than just that family member. This was a pretty deep story that touched on many issues.

Wittmann did a great job of highlighting issues with having an immature parent. She also really brought forward the importance of family, forgiveness, and love. This definitely could have been made in to a dramatic Lifetime movie.

I felt like the characters could have used a little more depth, though I did get attached to Silver still. Beyond that, and the fact that I abhorred Silver’s father up until the ending, I found this one to be very amusing. It had humor, drama, emotion, and a few heart pounding moments. It had depth and seemed to be written and researched well. It was definitely worth a read!

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Thank you to the author for providing me with this free e-copy in exchange for my honest review.

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