This is one of my ALL TIME favorite books! 11/22/63 by Stephen King is a winner in my eyes. It could be a little intimidating to some, because it is over 800 pages, but let me tell you something, it is worth it, it draws you in, and soon you will be 400 pages in and not even realize that you’ve read that much. It’s hypnotizing, and I would dare to say one of the best King books to date.
Jake Epping is a high school teacher, he doesn’t have a family or really anything that he is looking forward to, he likes to frequent a local run-down diner, but that’s about as fun as his day gets, unless you count the endless papers to grade.
One day, as Jake is getting food at his favorite diner, he notices the owner looks a little worse for wear, which is weird because he just saw him the other day and he didn’t look anything like that. Eventually, the owner of the diner shows him why exactly he doesn’t look like he did the other day. There is a wormhole in the back of his diner, and he gives Jake one mission- to stop the assassination of JFK. WHOA. This isn’t your typical travel back in time mission. It’s also not your typical time travel novel, as it has many different layers, and also a weird eery vibe to it, that will keep you guessing for the entire novel.
You may think this book will be boring because it’s based on politics, but honestly it is so much more than that. I’m honestly not a huge fan of politics either, but I do have a slight fascination with JFK, and the whole Kennedy family. Either way, this is not your typical Stephen King with monsters and blood and freaky twins, it’s got a lot of heart, and love, and also some trippy parts to it. I’ve read quite a few Stephen King books, and this one is one that I could not put down, I had to keep turning the page to find out what happened to Jake, to JFK and eventually the world.
This is a HUGE recommendation of mine, don’t be intimidated by the size, it really is a good read. It may take you a while, like me. I typically read books in about a day or day and a half, and this one took me about a week. It was worth it though.