Friday, April 27, 2012

Book Review: 11/22/63

I actually read this book quite awhile ago and have been meaning to review for quite some time! Matter of fact, I believe I read this book back in I can't believe it's been that long! So, today I'm going to review it and I hope you enjoy.

The synopsis from the book cover is this:

On November 22, 1963, three shots rang out in Dallas, President Kennedy died, and the world changed. What if you could change it back? Stephen King’s heart-stoppingly dramatic new novel is about a man who travels back in time to prevent the JFK assassination—a thousand page tour de force.
Following his massively successful novel Under the Dome, King sweeps readers back in time to another moment—a real life moment—when everything went wrong: the JFK assassination. And he introduces readers to a character who has the power to change the course of history.

Jake Epping is a thirty-five-year-old high school English teacher in Lisbon Falls, Maine, who makes extra money teaching adults in the GED program. He receives an essay from one of the students—a gruesome, harrowing first person story about the night 50 years ago when Harry Dunning’s father came home and killed his mother, his sister, and his brother with a hammer. Harry escaped with a smashed leg, as evidenced by his crooked walk.
Not much later, Jake’s friend Al, who runs the local diner, divulges a secret: his storeroom is a portal to 1958. He enlists Jake on an insane—and insanely possible—mission to try to prevent the Kennedy assassination. So begins Jake’s new life as George Amberson and his new world of Elvis and JFK, of big American cars and sock hops, of a troubled loner named Lee Harvey Oswald and a beautiful high school librarian named Sadie Dunhill, who becomes the love of Jake’s life—a life that transgresses all the normal rules of time.

A tribute to a simpler era and a devastating exercise in escalating suspense, 11/22/63 is Stephen King at his epic best.

Here's my thoughts. The book was good. Really good. I enjoyed it so much I'm writing about it several months after reading the book. The book is so very engaging and I couldn't hardly put it down! I wanted to know what was going to happen next and it was a true page turner. The yellow card man? I needed to know. What was going to happen between Sadie and Jake? I needed to know. Could Jake turn back time? I needed to know! I was slightly disappointed in the ending. I was so invested in the characters that when I didn't like how Stephen King ended their story I couldn't help but be disappointed! But, overall, I really enjoyed book and recommend you read it if you get a chance!


{kayleigh nikolai} said...

Something I don't think you know about me? I am kind of a JFK assassination nerd. I think I need to read this.

Abbey S said...

Doesn't sound anything at all like stuff I normally read, but it sounds so good! Put it on my to-read list. :)

Wiz said...

I just moved to Dallas so I think this would be interesting! Plus I have read a couple of Stephen King's books and liked them. Thanks for the review!

Christina said...

I read this a few months ago and was pleasantly surprised by it. Sometimes I felt like it was too descriptive, but overall I liked it a lot. The ending was so abrupt though! It would be so cool to see this as a movie!

I’m visiting from BUB’s book club linkup!

Bibi said...

That book sounds really interesting. I will have to see about getting it for my kindle - your review sparked my interest in it. Thanks for sharing!

Heather said...

This one sounds really good!

Sarah E. said...

I'm not the biggest fan of Stephen King, but I do want to read this book. I have for a long time.

It's kind of irritating to find out that he didn't end this book well, because the other book that I've read of his, ended horribly too.

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