The Unintentional Time Travelerby Everett Maroon
Published on February 24th 2014
Fifteen-year-old Jack Bishop has mad skills with cars and engines, but knows heâ€™ll never get a driverâ€™s license because of his epilepsy. Agreeing to participate in an experimental clinical trial to find new treatments for his disease, he finds himself in a completely different bodyâ€”that of a girl his age, Jacqueline, who defies the expectations of her era.
Jack starts to travel back in time during his seizures. Â It takes a few times before he realizes what is going on. Â Each time he is in the past for a longer period. Â He gets dropped into a body of a girl in the 1920s named Jacqueline. Â It is very Quantum Leap.
The town Jacqueline lives in is being terrorized by a local minister. Â Jack is being dropped into different points in time to try to save the town. Â But everything he does changes the timeline.
I enjoyed this book but it frustrated me. Â It left me with several questions. Â Years willÂ pass while Jack is in the past but he is not in a coma. Â He is going on with his life in the present day. Â How? Â Does anyone notice that he is not quite himself? Â The same things happen with Jacqueline in the past. Â Who is in their bodies when Jack/Jacqueline isn’t? Â Is Jacqueline in Jack? Â Are they just switching places? Â Hopefully this will be addressed in future installments of the story. Â This is book oneÂ of a series.
The author is transgender. Â Had I not known that going into the book, I might have missed the exploration of gender and sexuality that happens in the story. Â When Jack first finds himself in a female body he is very uncomfortable. Â Over time he no longer has an issue with it. Â Jacqueline is not considered to be a conventionally feminine woman of her time but she is still a more feminine person than Jack is in the future. Jacqueline has a relationship with a man named Lucas that starts when Jack is in her body. Â When he jumps back into his own body he misses Lucas and worries about him. Â That relationship fuels his desire to learn to master time travel to get back and help Jacqueline. Â The author never comes out and says what gender or sexual orientation anyone is considered. Â They just are who they are and love who they love. Â It is so matter of fact that that is the reason why I might have missed the complexity if I wasn’t specifically looking at the gender dynamics.
This is a fun time travel mystery. Â Read it if you like historical fiction with some suspense.