An Authentic Experience: Brilliant Young Adult Novel about Family

This past week, I’ve been catching up on reading. Here’s the book review I promised in my last blogpost. This was a great summer read!

Kelly Wittmann’s Young Adult novel, An Authentic Experience, is about a fifteen-year-old girl, Silver, whose family is in shock when her mom is diagnosed with a brain tumor. Her parents are divorced, and she ends up living with her dad who is not the best at parenting and parties hard. Her parents wanted Silver’s life to be authentic and not peer-obsessed, so they homeschool her. Her grandparents don’t get along with the parents on many levels, especially about the homeschooling. Her best friend is her cousin who is really the only friend Silver has and helps her through the tough times that Silver is experiencing.

This is a brilliantly written novel about how family doesn’t always get along and shows how Silver grows into her authentic self as she comes to terms with her family as well as a traumatic event that she experiences. I would recommend it to everyone who likes Young Adult fiction (YA). Wittmann is a brilliant writer and I hope she writes more YA novels because she understands that not everything is perfect.

You can find out more about the author on her website. An Authentic Experience is available on Amazon.


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