“11/22/63” By Stephen King Review

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.

This book was the first Stephen King book I’ve read this year, and it disappointed me because I had very expectations for this book which it didn’t live up to. Which was really sad to see because I’ve heard so many good things about this book. But it was still good, but not as good as I’ve expect it to be.

The ending pissed me off a little bit but it actually earned this book a star. The reason why it posted me off a little but is because Jake Epping got a girlfriend when he time traveled to 1963 and when he came back to the present at the end of the book he had stalked that poor girl like a complete psychopath. 

When it comes to this book as a whole I need to say that I’ve have very mixed feeling about it. On one side I didn’t like this book but on the other side I’ve liked this book.

The writing style here it didn’t feel quite like Stephen King but rather it felt like someone who was pretending to be Stephe King. Which really disappointed me as I was reading this book. 

The plot itself was okay but it had the potential to be much better than it actually was. It was good enough fir it to get 3 stars but nothing more than that. It felt like Stephen King could have done so much better work than what he had actually done in this one.

And 1 / 3 of this book wasn’t even about the assassination of JFK but rather about Jake having two girlfriends at the same time and having a two different life in the early 1960s. Which really didn’t go well with me because I didn’t pick up this book to read about Jake going back in time, get two girlfriends, prevent the assassination of JFK, go back to the present and then stalking one of these two girlfriend from the early 1960s. This book would have been so much better if this 1 / 3 of this book was just edited out because it really killed the mood of this book and it made it so uninteresting and boring. 

I give this book 3 / 5

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