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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 whenever Rich asks questions about his late uncle, his dad shuts down.
Frustrated by his dad's silence, Rich sneaks into his office and breaks into a locked cabinet that holds his dad's prized possession: an electric guitar signed by Jimi Hendrix. Before he knows it, Rich is transported to the side of a road in Upstate New York with a beautiful girl bending over him. It will take him a while to realize it's 1969, he's at Woodstock, and the girl's band of friends includes his fifteen-year-old dad and his uncle, who's still alive. In Are You Experienced? by Jordan Sonnenblick, what Rich learns, who he meets, and what he does could change his life forever.
On the 45th anniversary of his uncle Michael's deadly heroin overdose, Rich Barber, an overprotected 15-year-old, travels back in time to Woodstock. At the music festival, he meets Michael for the first time and gets to know his strict father as an enthusiastic teen. Rich also runs into rock star legends (The Lovin' Spoonful's John Sebastian and Janis Joplin sing a private duet), inadvertently ingests psychedelic mushrooms with his father, and learns about the pressures Michael is under, including trying to protect his brother from their terrible parents. The characters are somewhat two-dimensional, but readers will enjoy seeing the 1960s through Rich's eyes: he trips out watching people use payphones, expresses surprise at how much better Coke tastes with real sugar, and wonders what it was like for his father to grow up during Vietnam ("I had never known a single person who was in the army. Even though I had lived through the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, they hadn't really touched my life"). These details and ideas are what make Rich's story worth the journey. Ages 12 up.