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“An Authentic Experience” Review

Hello Friends!

I hope you are doing well, I’m still slowly working on reviews, as well as going to my regular job, and trying to keep writing. So life is always messy and crazy. Nevertheless, I bring you a review today.

An Authentic Experience“, written by Kelly Wittmann, is a Young Adult novel, published on February 13, 2018.

I received a complimentary copy of this book thanks to Kelly Wittmann. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.


P1070108Fifteen-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.

CW: Rough language, one scene of violence

Purchase Link – Amazon

Kelly Wittmann’s Social Media Links – Website | Amazon | Twitter | Goodreads

My Review

P1070071Compared to some other genres, I haven’t read as many YA novels as some other readers, but I’m trying to change that, because I’m trying to get out of my comfort zone and read other genres. That been said, when I got the opportunity to read this book, I jumped in. The synopsis made me wonder about the plot, the characters and how everything would end up.

The book follows a teenager girl called Silver Abelli, as she deals with daily stuff, as well as the unexpected turns that life brings, plus all the perks of being part of her family. I loved that this novel shows the ups and downs of life, from divorce and illness to simply stay true to who you are and being independent.

I like the characters in an over all, because of all the interactions and the relationships between them. Silver was an awesome character, and it was fun reading because of how she stand out and her personality. She was different and I loved that.

P1060635The plot was interesting and the all book ended up feeling real to me because of all the subjects that are talked about  in the novel. I can understand the divorce aspect from the point of view of the couple’s child, but I also know what illness (cancer, tumors, chronic illness,…) does not only to the person that is ill, as well as the family members and friends. The fact that this book talks about both topics and leaves things open to discussion, and the reader wondering and feeling like part of the family and the life described in the storyline… It all connected with me.

Overall, I enjoyed the book. And it was exciting in a way, thought provoking in others, and in the end, it made me enjoy this journey with the characters, going through the drama, excitement that is life.

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