Tuesday, October 16, 2012

11/22/63 by Stephen King

November 22nd, 1963, the day JFK was shot in Dallas Texas.  Stephen King writes the what if book.  What if you could go back and change the past?  How would it effect the present?

Thirty-five year old English teacher, Jake Epping is told of a portal that will take him back to 1958.   Al, who owns the diner where the portal is, enlists Jake to return to 1958 and change the assassination of JFK.  So Jake returns to 1958 and becomes George Amberson, the man who stops the assassination of JFK.

This is my very first Stephen King novel and was suggested to me by a librarian friend.  Seven hundred pages later I am hooked and will be checking out other Stephen King novels.

Jake Epping, the lead character, is an incredible character.  Real, down to earth, loving, and so strong in his beliefs are words I would use to describe Jake.  You could not help but totally believe that he was going back in time and trying to make life so much better for his friends and co-workers.  My favorite part of this story has to be Jake, AKA George, falling in love in the past and trying to make Sadie’s life better with promises of the present (2011).

When I started this novel I was very unsure about the author and the subject.  I would say sci-fi, historical, maybe a lil chic-lit (due to the romance) would describe this story.  Now that I finished 11/22/63 I cannot help but keeping thinking about it and wishing there was more to come.  Every chapter pulled me in deeper and deeper.   Whether you are a true Stephen King fan or this is your first book of his, you will love this story.  It has something for everyone.

Reviewed by Charlotte 

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  1. I am a huge SK fan. This one is so different from his 'usual' and I loved it. He can write some really creepy stuff and then he comes along and does great stuff (not that the creepy stuff isn't great)like this one or The Green Mile or The Shawshank Redemption to name a few. He is brilliant!

    1. I was not a SK fan at all. But was told I had to read this book and am so glad that I did. I loved it! I still tell my friends about it and think about it and its been 2 month since I actually read it