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  • Paperback
  • 248 pages
  • The Unintentional Time Traveler
  • Everett Maroon
  • English
  • 20 March 2019
  • 162015207X

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  1. Aj Sterkel Aj Sterkel says:

    The concept of this book is amazing I really wish the execution had been better.When teenager Jack Bishop agrees to participate in a medical study, he hopes that it will help with his epilepsy He does not expect that the study will send him back in time, but that s exactly what happens During the study, the doctors induce a seizure, and Jack wakes up in 1926 To make thingsbizarre, Jack isn t in his own body He s in the body of a girl named Jacqueline Can Jack Jacqueline use their new The concept of this book is amazing I really wish the execution had been better.When teenager Jack Bishop agrees to participate in a medical study, he hopes that it will help with his epilepsy He does not expect that the study will send him back in time, but that s exactly what happens During the study, the doctors induce a seizure, and Jack wakes up in 1926 To make thingsbizarre, Jack isn t in his own body He s in the body of a girl named Jacqueline Can Jack Jacqueline use their newfound time travel skills to save Jacqueline s town and navigate the tricky relationships in both of their lives This book puts a unique spin on a time travel story When Jack travels, he doesn t take his body with him He has to adapt to whatever body he finds himself inhabiting This raises a lot of interesting questions How much does a person s body influence their personality Could you still be yourself if your body was suddenly different Would you becomfortable in a different body I love that the author doesn t moralize or try to give concrete answers to these questions He just allows Jack Jacqueline to be themselves and explore their identity Whatever happens happens.The plot takes a while to get going, but once it does, I was totally hooked There are so many twists that I didn t see coming The ending is nuts.I enjoyed the action and the body swapping, but I had a ton of issues with this book First, I was frustrated by how uncurious the characters are If I woke up in 1926 inside someone else s body, I d have a lot of questions I kept waiting for Jack Jacqueline to ask my questions When they finally got around to asking the important ones, the questions weren t answered I know that this book is the first in a series, but I thinkanswers could have been given It s frustrating to not fully understand what s going on I mostly want to know who is in Jack s body when he isn t using it I spent the whole book waiting to find out, and I never did There were a zillion opportunities for Jack to ask that question.Also, Jacqueline disappears for a few years and then suddenly shows up again Some people including her mother thought she was dead When she unexpectedly comes home, nobody bothers asking where she was Wouldn t they be curious about this I was.Next, the instalove is strong in this one Jack meets Jacqueline s friend, Lucas, and immediately becomes obsessed I don t understand why They kiss a few times, and then they re in love That must have been a mind blowing kiss.I think a fewrounds of editing would have done this book a lot of good I sometimes had a hard time picturing the blocking of the scenes There were a few times where I got confused about something and had to back up and reread For example, there is a scene where Jack is in a tunnel and wishes he had a screwdriver A few scenes later, he has a screwdriver I think Where did it come from There s another scene where part of a conversation is missing In another scene, a horse disappears from one place and appears somewhere else Editing could have fixed these inconsistencies Finally, I questioned the representation of mental illness Jack s doctor is sent to a mental hospital after he claims that he has sent his patients back in time The hospital gives him medication that turns him from a highly educated person to a gameshow obsessed man child Can medication do that Would doctors allow that to happen to a patient I m not sure.I don t think I m going to pick up the sequels, but the plot and exploration of gender were interesting to read


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  3. Naz (Read Diverse Books) Naz (Read Diverse Books) says:

    This book offers an action packed and exciting adventure with time travel and a complex exploration of gender identity Looking forward to book 2 For the in depth review, visit my blog Read Diverse Books This book offers an action packed and exciting adventure with time travel and a complex exploration of gender identity Looking forward to book 2 For the in depth review, visit my blog Read Diverse Books


  4. C.K. Combs C.K. Combs says:

    The Unintentional Time Traveler by Everett Maroon is a soon to be released young adult novel introducing Jack, a self deprecating and entertainingly sarcastic fifteen year old boy with a knack for automotive repair and self acceptance beyond his age He suffers from epileptic seizures that have him despairing that he ll ever be allowed to drive or live without padding on all the hard surfaces in his home By the time we catch up with him, Jack has suffered through numerous attempts to medicate h The Unintentional Time Traveler by Everett Maroon is a soon to be released young adult novel introducing Jack, a self deprecating and entertainingly sarcastic fifteen year old boy with a knack for automotive repair and self acceptance beyond his age He suffers from epileptic seizures that have him despairing that he ll ever be allowed to drive or live without padding on all the hard surfaces in his home By the time we catch up with him, Jack has suffered through numerous attempts to medicate his condition When his mother enrolls him in a clinical study for children with epilepsy, he s not thrilled or optimistic that anything life changing will come of it Boy, is he wrong Using an engaging and entertaining narrative voice, Maroon draws us in quickly and takes us on a journey into the past What seem to be hallucinations caused by the epilepsy study are actually trips back in time Our hero drops into the middle of a story pitting a power hungry con man and his gullible followers against a small but dedicated resistance Our hero s efforts to assist in that resistance are inconveniently interrupted by unpredictable time shifts Though it s not a joy ride, it isn t without it s pleasant if initially confusing moments of romantic and sexual awakening.A couple of chapters in, I had a hard time putting this book down As with any good speculative fiction, this story sent me down a lot of mental side paths I already think about gender and identity quite a bit and this story added a few new twists For example, how much of our identity is dependent on our current physical bodies Do our identities change along with our bodies or do we transcend the physical How flexible is identity and gender Though the topic of time travel has been explored countless times in sci fi and fantasy, I enjoyed Maroon s new take on it and I m eager to readfrom him on the topic Gender and sexuality are essential features of the storyline but Maroon handles them with a light touch, letting the characters explain and demonstrate their importance, rather than lecturing the reader This approach is matter of fact and refreshing From my perspective as a fiction writer, I have been thinking a lot about how to treat gender, identity and sexuality in ways that don t sensationalize or beat the reader over the head with moralizing and lecturing I ve found it a bit challenging, as enad as I am of talking about gender until the cows come home Maroon s approach is to let gender and sexuality take their place with other characteristics such as height, hair color and favorite color and with about as much drama as one might encounter when looking in the mirror and discovering a new freckle Shifts of gender are a curious addition to Jack s reality but not one that throws him off the rails for long.The Unintentional Time Traveler is great fun, an adventure story carried along by humor and grace, love and courage Jack is not your typical teenaged boy, even without the epilepsy and time traveling He s generous and honorable and accepts his fate with a grace beyond his years There s a lot we can learn from this kid.Whether you are a fan of sci fi, of young adult fiction, or you re interested in fiction delving into topics of gender, sexuality, identity and gender non conformity, this is a great addition to your collection The Unintentional Time Traveler is book one in the Time Guardians series and will be available from Booktrope Editions, on February 24, 2014 in paperback and electronic formats


  5. Holly Holly says:

    This is a book in which time travel is done right As much as I love Jack, I love Jac evena story of a boy with epilepsy dissolves into a story of someone displaced in time and space, trying to get back to his own world But once the world around him starts to fall apart, the ties Jack has to reality begin to fall apart, honestly, by the time I finished this book, I couldn t tell which head was the one he really started in, even though it s explicitly stated it s Jack but then, he could This is a book in which time travel is done right As much as I love Jack, I love Jac evena story of a boy with epilepsy dissolves into a story of someone displaced in time and space, trying to get back to his own world But once the world around him starts to fall apart, the ties Jack has to reality begin to fall apart, honestly, by the time I finished this book, I couldn t tell which head was the one he really started in, even though it s explicitly stated it s Jack but then, he could just be remembering things, or imagining them.I love books that make you think when you c lose the back cover The Unintentional Time Traveler brings up all kinds of questions, from Who are we really to questions of one s self and identity, the matter of a soul s gender and place, the effects of time A boy transplanted into a girl s body, building a life in both times, places and bodies can only work in a well written book and this is one of those books.I could bring up all kinds of arguments for transgenderism and non conformist sexualities represented and alluded to, intentionally or not, but that would make this an English essay, and I hate having good books torn apart.Summaey I just plain loved this book.5.5 5


  6. MK MK says:

    Time travel through neural synapse firings Interesting Engaging writing, enjoyed the read Starts off following Jack, whose epilepsy serves as a conduit for his initial trips through time Just when the time traveling aspect gets interesting, the story begins to explore gender identity, via the various bodies the self travels into The story picked up in speed after a few trips back, andof the time traveling aspect was revealed I m interested to see what happens in 2 And to find out w Time travel through neural synapse firings Interesting Engaging writing, enjoyed the read Starts off following Jack, whose epilepsy serves as a conduit for his initial trips through time Just when the time traveling aspect gets interesting, the story begins to explore gender identity, via the various bodies the self travels into The story picked up in speed after a few trips back, andof the time traveling aspect was revealed I m interested to see what happens in 2 And to find out what has happened to Jack, andimportantly, Jack s body, and also to see explained what happened to the characters before Jacks hops, ie what was the story with Jac, and what happened to her consciousness Actually, what happens to the consciousness of all the bodies hopped into In Quantum Leap, they went into the white room What happens to them in the Time Guardians


  7. Meredith Katz Meredith Katz says:

    The Unintentional Time Traveler by Everett Maroon is the story of teenage Jack Bishop, whose epilepsy ends up with him put into an experimental program to try to cure him Unexpectedly to say the least , this causes him to travel back in time and find himself in the body of 1920s teenage girl, Jaqueline But as Jack repeatedly jumps between time periods, losing stretches of time along the way, things get complicated in both the past, with a prohibition era self proclaimed prophet ruling the tow The Unintentional Time Traveler by Everett Maroon is the story of teenage Jack Bishop, whose epilepsy ends up with him put into an experimental program to try to cure him Unexpectedly to say the least , this causes him to travel back in time and find himself in the body of 1920s teenage girl, Jaqueline But as Jack repeatedly jumps between time periods, losing stretches of time along the way, things get complicated in both the past, with a prohibition era self proclaimed prophet ruling the town by violence, and in the present or is it , as his actions cause rippling repercussionsOverall, I found this a delightful read with a great narrator and a strong theme of identity Moving between time periods both in the past , and by the way losing time caused him to have to resettle in his life without knowing what s gone on in it and bodies brings up a strong theme about how identity itself is experiential The situations you live through in both different time periods and different bodies both affect your identity Jack s narrative voice grows and evolves throughout as a result of this variety of experiences.There s a lot of disconnect and skipping in the book Both as Jack and as Jac, the protagonist finds that he returns to whichever time to find that life has literally gone on without him The changes in the world and technology aside, he comes back to Jack for example to find that he s gone through puberty, or got a girlfriend, or got a job All of which he didn t remember, because the Jack who did it wasn t him or was, but was living life as a Jack who was separate in time The story starts out fairly straightforward and linear and getsdisconnected and jagged the longer Jack spends in a different time and body, or theJack goes back to reset things I liked this quite a bit because the disconnect is deliberate and plays well into the sense of being about an experience, learning things by living them, not by understanding how they ve developed.The only way I was drawn out of the story is that at several key decision points both in the romance and in the plot , we don t see Jack s POV on why he s making a decision to act We just see the dialogue around it, or a skip to it happening We re in Jack s POV throughout the story and hear a constant entertaining self deprecating dialogue, so these moments really stood out to me We re experiencing so many discoveries along with Jack that not seeing the mental decisions to take those steps makes it feel very blank in comparison to what we re reading the rest of the time I feel it may be deliberate, to play around with the concept of disconnect skipping experience, but since we re solidly in a time setting body and are seeing thoughts leading up to that and right after the relevant story driving decisions are made, the lack of seeing Jack make those steps felt odd to me.Overall, a fun adventure with great characters and a solid theme I m looking forward to seeing what the next Time Guardians book will have to offer


  8. Kara Kara says:

    I feel kind of awful not giving this a better rating, but for me 3 stars is a good book, and I would say that s where it sat for me.The problems I had were mainly with the writing itself Many events felt rushed, and many times the emotions didn t resonate with me After everything Jack Jacqueline had been through, and devoting so much time trying to figure out the myriad of mysteries, the end felt too rushed and sudden This is book 1 of 3, so I have to wonder if some things will be explained I feel kind of awful not giving this a better rating, but for me 3 stars is a good book, and I would say that s where it sat for me.The problems I had were mainly with the writing itself Many events felt rushed, and many times the emotions didn t resonate with me After everything Jack Jacqueline had been through, and devoting so much time trying to figure out the myriad of mysteries, the end felt too rushed and sudden This is book 1 of 3, so I have to wonder if some things will be explained later I m not the sort of sci fi fantasy fan who needs the Midi chlorians explanation, but there are a few things I d really love to find out All in all, I think with some heavy editing and polish this book could have easily been a 4 or 5 stars for me.As for the positives this was a very interesting, unique story, and I appreciated that the time travel involved was unlike anything I d read before I went in thinking this was about a transgender character in aexplicit way than they are written in the story, and I think it definitely falls under that umbrella as the main character and the story explores gender identity Jack is born a cis gender male, but when he time travels into the body of a cis gender woman named Jacqueline without knowing how to leave, he is forced to adjust At first he dislikes it, but then when he returns to his body as Jack he feels some repulsion In the end it seems as though Jack Jacqueline have accepted and become comfortable in both bodies, as both genders And in fact, toward the end of the book the character doesn t refer to themselves as Jack, they think, Jack s body instead of my body I liked reading about both lives as Jack Jacqueline hopped back and forth, and I enjoyed most of the side characters.I do have a few questions I d love to see answered in a future book s view spoiler Jacqueline refers to themselves as Jacqueline by the end of the book, and I m curious if their soul identity was actually born as Jack.What happens when the Traveler isn t in one of the bodies When they time jump, is the original body always on a linear path For instance every time Jack traveled to any point in the past, every time they returned Jack was older, and however much time was in the past seems to influence how much Jack ages in the future Will it keep happening and if so what happens when Jack is too old to return to Or is this just because they didn t have the assistance of a Guardian Why did Jacqueline s friend s relative blanking on the name go after Jack in the future timeline when they visited the museum hide spoiler


  9. Anthony Anthony says:

    The Unintentional Time Traveler is a fast paced piece of YA fiction with a few interesting twists on genre and character tropes that kept me interested and wanting to readThe characters are well drawn and complex no easy trope role filling here There s a tendency, I think, in time travel novels to give short shrift to one set of characters or the other either the present day characters are givenweight than the past future cast, or vice versa Maroon very capably avoids that imbal The Unintentional Time Traveler is a fast paced piece of YA fiction with a few interesting twists on genre and character tropes that kept me interested and wanting to readThe characters are well drawn and complex no easy trope role filling here There s a tendency, I think, in time travel novels to give short shrift to one set of characters or the other either the present day characters are givenweight than the past future cast, or vice versa Maroon very capably avoids that imbalance, giving us two sets of interesting supporting characters to get to know, each with character arcs and subplots that affect the main plot He also doesn t skimp on Jack s personal exploration how being in Jacqueline s body causes him to reassess what he s always known about himself, how it alters his relationships with his friends Jay and Jeannine in the present The book is a time travel novel genre wise, but it is so a journey of discovery.The time travel itself is of the take over a past person s body type rather than the physical transportation of the main character to another time period Tying Jack s time jumps into his life long epilepsy engages the reader not only in the mystery how is this happening but also in the character s fate will Jack s epilepsy be cured, or are the time jumps making it worse , adding a level of concern that many time travel novels lack I also liked the aspect that present day Jack unpredictably loses time when he jumps into Jacqueline s body it adds another layer of tension to the travel, and also adds another mystery to the mix how much time has passed and what will be different this time I won t pretend to be able to explicate the way Maroon s cross body cross time travel works, but I will say that in context, in the midst of the book, it made sense to me And really, isn t that what we want from our genre reading internal consistency Plot wise, the set up introduced in the back cover copy would be propelling enough, but Maroon keeps Jack Jaqueline and us guessing as to what will happen next, and how it all comes together


  10. Kaylin Kaylin says:

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here I think the main problem I had with this book, was that it fails to linger in the moment Perhaps it s just me, but my favorite thing in a story is when the author lingers, gives you a feel for the world The story itself wasn t bad, but I think a serious problem this book has is that it rushes through almost every single moment In some ways that is a good thing, it gives a feeling of being caught up in time but on the other hand I think it could just benefit from just slowing down once in a I think the main problem I had with this book, was that it fails to linger in the moment Perhaps it s just me, but my favorite thing in a story is when the author lingers, gives you a feel for the world The story itself wasn t bad, but I think a serious problem this book has is that it rushes through almost every single moment In some ways that is a good thing, it gives a feeling of being caught up in time but on the other hand I think it could just benefit from just slowing down once in awhile The ending of the book especially suffers from this horribly, along with the reveal of Jack s Guardian, who essentially answers almost none of the reader s questions Likewise the villain himself is defeated, but we never truly learn much of his motivations, or really get to see the events leading up to his defeat I think I also would have liked to have seenof the psychological effects of time travel and body swapping has on our hero We see very clearly that this has not done well for Jack s doctor, but we never really see a terribly huge impact on Jack He adapts quickly to being essentially shoved into a girl body, and while I imagine there are people that would be okay with that, I don t think even under the best circumstances it would necessarily go that easily That said, I did enjoy the book, I enjoyed a lot of the ideas that it put forth, and tore through it quite quickly Again, my main problem is almost that the book just did not take the time to linger in the moment


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The Unintentional Time Traveler Fifteen year old Jack Bishop has mad skills with cars and engines, but knows he ll never get a driver 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 body that of a girl his age, Jacqueline, who defies the expectations of her era Since his seizures usually give him spazzed out visions, Jack presumes this is a hallucination Feeling fearless, he steals a horse, expecting that at any moment he ll wake back up in the clinical trial lab When that doesn t happen, Jacqueline falls unexpectedly in love, even as the town in the past becomes swallowed in a fight for its survival Jack Jacqueline is caught between two lives and epochs, and must find a way to save everyone around him as well as himself And all the while, he is losing time, even if he is getting out of algebra class


About the Author: Everett Maroon

Everett Maroon is a memoirist, pop culture commentator, and speculative fiction writer He has a B.A in English from Syracuse University and went through an English literature master s program there He is a member of the Pacific Northwest Writer s Association Bumbling into Body Hair was a finalist in their 2010 literary contest for memoir Everett writes about writing and living in the Northwest at trans plant portation He has written for Bitch Magazine, GayYA.org, RH RealityCheck, Original Plumbing, and Remedy Quarterly He has had short stories published by SPLIT Quarterly and Twisted Dreams Magazine, and has a short story, Cursed in The Collection Short Fiction from the Transgender Vanguard, from Topside Press Bumbling into Body Hair is published by Booktrope Editions His forthcoming young adult novel, The Unintentional Time Traveler, is forthcoming from Booktrope in the summer of 2013.Everett lives in Walla Walla, Washington, with his partner and baby son He is originally from Hightstown, New Jersey, graduating from McCorristin Catholic High School.