Every time Jack Bishop has a seizure, hallucinations often accompany it. When he wakes up in a past era in the body of a girl, Jacqueline, he assumes it’s a weird vision. Then it happens again. And again. And soon it’s hard to tell which life is more real, which body feels more right, and who Jack actually loves.
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.
Genre: Science Fiction, Historical
The gender and sexuality in this book are very hard to label. The closest labels that work are genderqueer/non-binary and bisexual/biromantic.
Jack is diagnosed with epilepsy.
Ownvoices: Ownvoices for trans rep and epilepsy.