Book Review: 11/22/63 by Stephen King

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Genre: Science Fiction

Age Recommended: 16 and up

I generally shy away from science fiction books, just because they are usually either very far-fetched, or too drawn-out in an attempt to completely establish another world, but this book was extremely well-written and I loved reading it. Time travel is a concept that has always fascinated me, and the way that Stephen King set up the time travel in this particular book was actually relatively foolproof and logical. I would definitely recommend this book to people who aren’t huge fans of science fiction but like historical novels!

This is also a pretty hefty read (about 850 pages) so make sure you have time to finish it in one sitting because you won’t be able to put it down!


Jake Epping is a divorced English teacher whose life is turned around when his friend Al claims to have the ability to time travel through a hole in his diner’s pantry. However, the hole always takes you to 11:58 on the day of September 9th, 1958 and every time you go through the hole, your previous visit and its effects are canceled like it never happened, and when you come back, only two minutes have passed, no matter how long you stay in the time warp.

When Jake goes through the hole, he is astounded at the reality that sets in before him, but doesn’t know why Al is showing this to him now, especially since Al has known about this hole for a long time. But then he finds out that Al has been planning to prevent the assassination of President Kennedy in 1963 and that he almost succeeded but had to come back because he found out that he has cancer.

Al’s dying wish is for Jake to do what he was never able to, but will Jake give up everything he has to go back into the past?

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