11/22/63 by Stephen King- A Book Review

Jasmine Lame Bull, Author

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If you like science fiction or time traveling books, you will love the New York Times Best Seller, 11/22/63  by Stephen King. King had to conduct careful research to accurately portray the late 1950s and early 1960s.

The story takes place in 2011 and opens up on the main character, Jake Epping, who is a recently divorced high school English teacher. Jake goes to a restaurant and orders his usual meal. Suddenly, Al, the restaurant owner, comes from the back and tells him about a portal in his food pantry. The portal takes the main character, Epping back in time. While in the past, Jake tries to prevent misfortunes from happening to people within the story and saving their lives. Once he goes back to present time (2011), everything he’s changed is set, but if he ever plans on returning to the past, everything that he’d done would be reset as if it was the first time he ever visited.

Jake Epping develops from being a recently divorced and awkward man at the start of the story to a still single, but more confident man. At the beginning of his time traveling adventure he was playing it safe and not getting into anyone’s way, but the first time he comes back through the pantry door back into the present time, Al informs him that not everything that he had changed had gone well. This led Epping to go back through the pantry portal to the past, resetting everything he had done the first time. This basically gave him another chance to do everything he needed to do right. His second time in the 50s/60s he didn’t play it safe, but instead played it rough, getting things done, and thinking about how it would affect the future (present time). During the second round of being back in the past he achieved what he attempted to do to begin with and made his way back through the portal to set everything he had done.

What drew me to 11/22/63  was the fact that it has to do with JFK and things involving the 60s, which both interest me. If you enjoy books is that revolve around traveling through time and the struggles of adapting to how people spoke in the late 50s and the early 60s, you should pick up 11/22/63  by Stephen King.