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Are You Experienced?

really liked it 4.0  ·  Rating Details ·  571 Ratings  ·  147 Reviews
Rich is fifteen and plays guitar. When his girlfriend asks him to perform at protest rally, he jumps at the chance. Unfortunately, the police show up, and so does Rich’s dad. He’s in big trouble. Again. To make matters worse, this happens near the anniversary of his uncle’s death from a drug overdose years ago. Rich’s dad always gets depressed this time of year, but whenev ...more
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published September 3rd 2013 by Feiwel & Friends
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Favorite writer for a reason :) From starting to finishing I just loved it. Its about Woodstock, Music, family bonding and yes Time travel.
May 23, 2014 Jan rated it it was amazing
When I found out that this novel involved time travel, I thought, oh boy, not sure I’m gonna like this. Time travel in books and movies always confuses me. As much as I enjoyed Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, the time traveling back and forth just had me asking question after question to a few friends who had read it. I think I drove them a little crazy with, “So what did it mean when?” and “So how were they able to……?” I finally just gave up trying to have it all make sense and jus ...more
Brenda Kahn
I'm a huge fan of Jordan Sonnenblick, but not a fan of time-travel books. I was not old enough to attend Woodstock, but remember the big deal it was. I also love the music of the 60's and 70's, but am not a scholar. This time-travel book worked for me. Featuring a likable main character, an instructive recreation of a weekend that changed the world and some truly laugh out loud moments, I raced through this book.
Richie Partington
Jul 26, 2013 Richie Partington rated it it was amazing
Richie's Picks: ARE YOU EXPERIENCED? by Jordan Sonnenblick, Feiwel and Friends/Macmillan, September 2013, 304p., ISBN: 978-1-250-02564-7

"Then things got freaky. A flash of lightning illuminated the entire field. There was David, still on his back, still grinning. Michael and Willow, together, peering up at the sky in awe. Debbie, her mouth opened in mid-syllable.
"And Tina, shrieking, 'Here it is! Ten! Nine! Eight!'
"She only got down to three before the skies opened up and a pelting storm engulf
Mar 24, 2016 Dana rated it it was amazing
This book was amazing. Not only did it include time travel, it included Woodstock, familial strife, drama, and edgy situations.

This book is about Richard. Richard is trying to have a better relationship with his strict parents and his mourning dad. He loves music and wants to make it as a musician one day.

At a particularly difficult time, on the anniversary of when his uncle died, Richard plays at a rally in which his girlfriend is protesting. His dad finds out and gets upset. They are both ar
Ms. Yingling
Jun 26, 2013 Ms. Yingling rated it it was amazing
Rich has always struggled with the demands of his much older, strict parents. He understands that his father has never recovered from the heroin overdoes death of his older brother in the fall of 1969, but thinks that his parents are still unreasonable. When Rich is arrested for playing guitar at a rally to support the legalization of marijuana, on the very anniversary of his uncle Mike's death, his father is angrier than usual. After visiting his father in the basement in the middle of the nigh ...more
Becky Ginther
I really did not know what to make of this book going into it, and even when I was halfway through it. The concept of the book is that Rich, a teenager with overprotective parents, gets transported back in time to Woodstock, 1969. The first people he meets while he is there is his father as a 15 year old and his Uncle Mike as an 18 year old - who Rich has never met because Mike died at the age of 18. Rich knows that Mike died just a couple of weeks after Woodstock, and that events at the concert ...more
May 09, 2016 Ariel rated it it was amazing
Jordan Sonnenblick did a outstanding job on writing this book, it is now one of my favorites. The book Are you experienced ? is about a 15 year old boy named rich he has a big passion for music and playing the guitar he was pretty much a pro at playing it. His girlfriend knew he was good at it and asked he could play at a protest rally, He takes any opportunity to play the guitar so he took it. But his girlfriend let out a few details. It was a protest rally too marijuana legalization. He had no ...more
Feb 14, 2013 Sandy rated it it was amazing
Have you ever heard stories about your parent’s pasts and just shook your head and thought “no way, they could never behave in such a manner?” Ever wondered as you where growing up where they came up with such ridiculous rules and strict ideas? Rich was fortunate enough to experience just exactly what his stern father was like as a 15-year old teen as he time travels from 2014 to 1969 as his father is headed off to Woodstock. Just thinking about the time that Rich spends with David (his father), ...more
Aurora Dimitre
The beautiful thing about this book was the music. It's a sort of thing that hits you even if you're not into Woodstock or the bands and people that played there - if you're into any sort of music that's not the 'right now' music, or fans of any bands or people that aren't around anymore, it has the same effect.

I mean, of course this focuses on Woodstock, but the feeling's still there. And I really like how the music and how the people were handled. I thought it was very hard-hitting and very e
Carina O.
Dec 03, 2016 Carina O. rated it it was amazing
Can you imagine going back in time to 45 years ago? This is exactly what fifteen year old Rich did in Are You Experienced? By Jordan Sonnenblick. This an excellent example of a science fiction book. It's 2014 and Rich is a 15 year old boy with overprotective parents, a goth girlfriend, and a passion for music. When Rich’s girlfriend asks him to play at a protest he says yes. But when things go wrong, and the police show up Rich is in big trouble with his parents. Rich gets angry, and he gets in ...more
S.l. L. Lipson
Nov 22, 2014 S.l. L. Lipson rated it it was amazing
I can always count on Jordan Sonnenblick for compelling and well-written novels with authentic-sounding teen characters, stories with values I espouse and have no hesitation recommending to the kids I teach, and memorable, moving themes. This contemporary fantasy and coming-of-age story introduces a teenage musician who defies his emotionally distant father by playing a forbidden magical guitar that transports him back to Woodstock, where he meets and attends the concert with his then teenage fa ...more
Mar 20, 2014 Mahliza rated it it was amazing
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I just finished this amazing book five minutes ago and it had me surprised. Before this book I knew very little about Woodstock or what it meant to be a teenager in the 70s. After this book, I even felt like I was there. This book had a great balance of funny and sad. Rich is hilarious, kind, and considerate. I was laughing. Literally LAUGHING so loud at his jokes that people now avoid me at school. I just love the fact that I could relate to him and he actually spoke like he was 15. He was naiv ...more
Brody Channell
Dec 15, 2015 Brody Channell rated it it was amazing
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This book is awesome! Rich is a teenager that struggles connecting with his older-than-average parents. They have strict rules and his dad doesn't' seem to like that Rich has a lot in common with his dad's older brother who died young. Rich plays his dad's Jim Hendrix autographed guitar and is transported back in tome to Woodstock with his father and uncle. This leads him on a journey of discovery as he learns about his dad's past and more about himself.
I love Hendrix, so I was sold at the outse
Apr 26, 2013 Reving rated it it was amazing
I've never read a book by Jordan Sonnenblick, but have heard nothing but raves about his stuff. I was pretty excited to see Are You Experienced? on and thankful to get an eARC of it. This was one really different and fun ride. Being too young to have experienced the 60s, this time in U.S. history has always intrigued me. I do have a friend who was at Woodstock and it was neat to talk to her about this book and find that her memories of it were pretty much online with what Sonnenbli ...more
Stephanie Mohler
Really liked this book. Rich's parents- especially his father are very overprotective and never allow Rich to have any freedom. When Rich gets arrested for playing guitar at a pro medical marijuana rally, he is grounded for life. "Stuff" happens and Rich is suddenly transported back in time to 1969- on the road to Woodstock- where he meets his dad (now a teenager), his Uncle Michael, and Willow- his uncle's girlfriend. For 3 days, Rich gets to hang out with his father and uncle, meet some famous ...more
Jul 17, 2016 Heather rated it really liked it
Rich is just doing his thing, playing guitar and trying not to get into trouble with his oppressive parents. He volunteers to play at his girlfriend's rally and that's when his world gets a little fuzzy. His father has always been overly strict and secretly obsessive with the death of his brother, Rich's Uncle Mike. A magical time traveling trip back to August of 1969 and the epic Woodstock concert gives Rich more information about his family's past than he can comprehend.

This is a really nice
Bella Hendricks
May 18, 2015 Bella Hendricks rated it it was amazing
Well that was just an overall great experience. For one thing I haven't read a book with realistic and that well done character development in quite a while so that was a big plus. And my gosh if he didn't capture PERFECTLY the essence of Woodstock and that time in general. You could absolutely tell it was thoroughly researched to give the most THERE experience next to going there yourself. The colorful characters have good variety and even the time travel aspect was done in a way that really di ...more
Feb 20, 2016 Brittany rated it really liked it
Here's the thing, I think Sonnenblick maybe the most talented writer of a male, teenage narrative voice in print...with possibly an exception of Andrew Smith, but Sonnenblick is scarily consistent. I usually don't do time travel, and I'm guessing this element has kept this book more obscure than others, but it's seriously entertaining.

Seriously, the angst, humor, honesty and frustration with a side of heart is so Sonnenblick that I appreciate this book is another I enjoyed.

Not quite Curveball
Will I ever not love a realistic fiction book by local PA author Jordan Sonnenblick? I think not. The perfect word to describe this book is trippy, and I mean that in a good way. I loved the (twisted) family dynamics going on here, and Sonnenblick nailed an authentic teen voice just as he did in his last YA novel. The musical history (and setting) here is, I believe, pretty unique to YA fiction and I hope it will inspire teens to check out some of the songs/artists referenced throughout.
May 08, 2016 Ashlyn rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I wasn't sure if I was going to like this one because of the back in time futuristic thing. But let me tell you I couldn't put it down. All of it made sense when you put together the pieces (which is hard to find especially if the book going back in time) all hail sonnenblick on another one of his amazing reads!!
Aug 03, 2013 Melanie rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2013-reads
A little sci fi, a little historical, a little realistic...all of these are weaved together to tell a story that I read in one sitting. A heartbreaking story that shows the importance of family and of course, music.
Nathaniel Lemisch
I could really relate to this main character, given that's he's in high school and plays guitar. But the way Jordan Sonnenblick describes Woodstock is almost....magical
Mrs. Nobile
Jun 20, 2014 Mrs. Nobile rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Whats not to love! Rock & roll, Woodstock, Jimi Hendrix ... for the mature young adult
Jonah Kratzer
May 04, 2017 Jonah Kratzer rated it really liked it
This book was good. I liked the concept but it has some plot holes like every book. It started off slow but got really good after a few chapters. Overall I would recommend the book
Michael Bundalo
Mar 23, 2017 Michael Bundalo rated it liked it
Though I'm not this book's intended audience, I thoroughly enjoyed this YA. Nostalgia from my era of classic rock and Jimi Hendrix specific obsessions made it incredibly endearing. As someone who has actually visited Jimi Hendrix's grave site in Renton, WA, it rates high for me on a YA-adjusted scale as a result of its content.
Liz Friend
Mar 21, 2014 Liz Friend rated it it was ok
The story: Rich Barber has never been able to figure out what's up with his dad--why he's so cold, aloof, and rigid. When dad busts him for playing guitar at a protest, Rich retaliates by breaking into a locked guitar case and discovering the guitar Jimi Hendrix played at Woodstock--and when he plays the funky chord for which Jimi was famous, Rich finds himself transported back to 1969, to Woodstock. What he sees and does there will not only change his life forever, but it might change his futur ...more
Mar 20, 2017 Lynn rated it really liked it
Another thoroughly enjoyable Sonnenblick novel. The time travel piece was well done, and the scenes from Woodstock were fun and realistic. Sonnenblick is able to write young adult characters that are real, even in unrealistic situations.
Always Reading

Als Rich nackt und verwirrt in einem Straßengraben erwacht, hat er keine Ahnung, wo er ist. Kein Wunder! Denn Rich ist im Jahr 1969 gelandet – und wenig später sitzt er mit drei netten Hippies namens David, Mike und Willow im Auto, auf dem Weg zum Woodstock-Festival. Eigentlich ziemlich cool – doch wie ist Rich überhaupt hierhergekommen? Und könnte es tatsächlich sein, dass David und Michael sein Vater und sein Onkel sind?

Meine Meinung

„Die total irre Geschichte mit der Gitarre meines Vater
Anna (Curiosity comes before Kay)
Rich is fifteen and loves playing his guitar. This time is gets him in trouble, when he plays at a rally not realizing it's for the legalization of marijuana and he gets himself arrested. His Mom and Dad are a lot older that any of his friend's parents and Rich's Dad is especially hard on him, because his brother (Rich's Uncle) died of a drug overdose when they were teenagers. After a really horrible fight, Rich breaks into his Dad's office and finds a signed guitar from Jimi Hendrix. When he pl ...more
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