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.
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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 a more explicit 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 at several points the character doesn't refer to themselves as Jack, they think, "Jack's body" instead of "my body" - though I believe they feel most at home as Jacqueline. I liked reading about both lives as Jack / Jacqueline hopped back and forth, and I enjoyed most of the side characters.