11/22/63 by Stephen King
Posted by Caitie F on November 15, 2014
Summary from goodreads:
ife can turn on a dime—or stumble into the extraordinary, as it does for Jake Epping, a high school English teacher in Lisbon Falls, Maine. While grading essays by his GED students, Jake reads a gruesome, enthralling piece penned by janitor Harry Dunning: fifty years ago, Harry somehow survived his father’s sledgehammer slaughter of his entire family. Jake is blown away…but an even more bizarre secret comes to light when Jake’s friend Al, owner of the local diner, enlists Jake to take over the mission that has become his obsession—to prevent the Kennedy assassination.
How? By stepping through a portal in the diner’s storeroom, and into the era of Ike and Elvis, of big American cars, sock hops, and cigarette smoke… Finding himself in warmhearted Jodie, Texas, Jake begins a new life. But all turns in the road lead to a troubled loner named Lee Harvey Oswald. The course of history is about to be rewritten…and become heart-stoppingly suspenseful.
This is my second favorite Stephen King book ever. I was up until 1 AM reading it last night, and I don’t do that often. It was that good. I had to know how it ended and I couldn’t sleep until that happened.
It is a brilliant book. The characters are complex and pretty lovable at the same time (except Oswald, of course).Jake/George is an easy voice to get used to and to root for. He doesn’t do everything right, but it makes him that much more realistic and makes the reader think.
There is a spot that i have heard a lot of people think is slow, and I see what they meant, but I like this period in history and am so fascinated by the years leading up to the Kennedy assassination, that it never lost my interest, and any reader that is into that as well will not be bothered.
This book is very suspenseful and there will be many times you read one more chapter or just one more section. The writing is superb (except for one scene that is pretty pathetic) and the story is well-crafted. King really did his research.
If you haven’t read this yet, do yourself a favor and pick it up!