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Sometimes love lives in the past…In an alternate 2014, time travel is commonplace, regulated by the government. 17-year-old Trevor Bartley has been selected to be an exchange student to the year 1963 to study the civil rights era. The rules: do nothing that could alter the natural flow of time. But when he meets his host family, he finds himself incredibly drawn to 17-yearSometimes love lives in the past…In an alternate 2014, time travel is commonplace, regulated by the government. 17-year-old Trevor Bartley has been selected to be an exchange student to the year 1963 to study the civil rights era. The rules: do nothing that could alter the natural flow of time. But when he meets his host family, he finds himself incredibly drawn to 17-year-old Nick Keaton. In his own time, Trevor would have pursued his feelings without a second thought, but in 1963, when an entire race was subjected to violence and hate, pursuing his feelings openly would be dangerous in the extreme. And that was if Nick were even open to the idea.Until it becomes clear that he is.But if things aren’t complicated enough, Trevor soon finds himself caught up in a terrorist plot of murder and political intrigue which could send the natural timeline careening off in dangerous directions, and could have life or death consequences—or worse—for everyone....

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the exchange student Reviews

  • Chris, the Dalek King
    2019-01-20 02:00

    I’m a big fan of time-travel. I am not a big fan of YA. So I knew going in that this book was probably going to be a mixed bag for me. But there are not enough time-travel m/m books out there, so I thought I would give it a go–-even if this one is plagued by teenagers.After months of testing and intensive screening, Trevor Bartley has won a place in the Time Travel Exchange Program. He is excited to be visiting 1963, and witnessing a world on the brink of social change. Trevor had prepared himself for six months without his family and being immersed in a world that is both vastly different from home but oddly similar. He was, however, not prepared to fall for Nick Keaton, the son of the couple that would be housing Trevor in 1963.That year might be the beginning of a social movement that would shape the country for decades, but even Trevor knows that life as a homosexual teenager in ’63 would be very hard. If not downright dangerous. Not to mention the fact that he is going to be going back home in a matter of months. But he cannot fight the attraction…especially when he finds his feelings returned.Then something goes wrong with the timeline, and Trevor finds himself trying desperately to catch a terrorist and stop a plot that could very well change everything he knows about his home. Because if he can’t he might just end up losing everything, both there and back in 1963.Despite my general dislike of YA, teenagers, and all the angst that is usually circling around both, I found myself actually liking this story. The characters were great and the story was interesting enough that I was more than willing to put up with all the teenagers in it.It was interesting how everyone knew about time-travel in this book. Everyone, not just the people from the ‘future.’ I wish this aspect had been gone into a bit more, since I was unsure how this went about happening. Does everyone, in all of the history of humanity, know about it? Was there some big announcement at multiple points in time? If they really wanted to keep the Revisionists from altering major points in history why did they let everyone know about time-travel? Surely the more people that know about it, the more chances there are of people wanting to change things all over the timeline. I just wish it was explained a little bit better. I know it has to be vague on the ‘how’ of time-travel, but a little more clarification of the ‘whys’ might have been nice.I was a little thrown by how quickly Nick threw himself into his relationship with Trevor, though. I am under the assumption that people finding out that they were gay would lead to some pretty nasty ramifications. And yet they act like it is nothing. Maybe it is just that whole ‘I’m invincible’ thing that comes with being a teen, but I found it odd how at ease Nick was with kissing Trevor out in the open, or going on dates with him. I just thought he would be a bit more reticent to show open affection, knowing that that affection could get them both in trouble.And while I was really enjoying the whole Revisionist plot thing, and loved how it end up, I was with Nick on Trevor’s whole obsession with ‘finding the truth.’ It was a bit over the top. But then again, I think it was supposed to be. I have a general dislike of stories where ‘random dude with no training in detective work at all somehow magically solves all the crime in the world,’ so it was nice to see that this book avoided that.There is one thing, though, that I didn’t particularly care for: the end. It just…gah. It was not a bad ending. It was a plausible ending that wrapped everything up. It was just so freaking depressing. If you do not like books that are not HEA or HFN, this is not going to be the book for you. I get why it ended like that. I might even like it a bit, but there is a reason I read romance novels, and that is because I like my HEAs.This book was good. It was easily able to get me over my dislike of YA (at least for the length of the book), and I enjoyed reading it quite a bit. If it had a bit more world building, or even more of the social-change aspect that I expected going into this based on the blurb, I would have rated it a bit higher…but that doesn’t mean I didn’t like what I got. And even if the ending left me running for fluff, I do get why it ended like that. Maybe. Part of me can’t help but hope that we get a sequel and that everyone lives happily ever after and skips off into the sunset.This book was provided free in exchange for a fair and honest review for Love Bytes. Go there to check out other reviews, author interviews, and all those awesome giveaways. Click below.

  • Serena Yates
    2019-02-02 17:51

    Now here’s an unusual idea for you: a temporal exchange student. In this entertaining and suspenseful Young Adult novel, seventeen-year-old Trevor has been approved for a six-month stay in 1963. Yep, I was as shocked as you might be, wondering how it would work. I mean, we’re used to hearing about the dangers of time travel – well, those of us who read science fiction, so I wasn’t at all sure how this would work. And, like with any time travel story, there are some worrying inconsistencies, like time paradoxes being totally ignored, but most of the issues in this creative world are nicely explained and make a weird sort of sense. There are certain rules as well, like that normal people can only travel backward in time. And there is the Time Regulation Commission - an organization in charge of supervising all time travel.Trevor is a typical teenager in many ways. He wants to belong, he asks questions, and he seeks to understand the world better. He is curious about the past and really happy that he can go back to 1963 to study one of the most crucial times in modern civil rights. He stays in his hometown, so things are somewhat familiar, but it takes him a while to adjust to the different cars (without seat belts), the lack of computers, and the total separation of black and white people. I really enjoyed some of his eye-opening moments, especially the ones where he knows an event has tremendous historical significance, yet the people around him are either unaware of it or can’t see the consequences of what they have witnessed.One area that is very hard for Trevor to deal with is the fact that he is gay in a far less gay-friendly time. Not that he thought it would even be an issue, but his host family’s son, Nick, is more than interested in him, one of the girls he and Nick hang out with at school becomes suspicious, and the developing relationship between Trevor and Nick becomes one of the many unexpected aspects of Trevor’s visit.There is intrigue coming from the temporal guardian who is supposed to watch what Trevor is up to so that any major changes to the timeline can be avoided. Subterfuge and mysterious activities arouse Trevor’s suspicions, and he is soon involved in what he believes to be a plot to prevent the assassination of President Kennedy that November. Between the wonderful historical differences, Trevor’s learning curve, his relationship with Nick, and the mystery around the bigger political picture, this is a pretty suspenseful story. I enjoyed the world the author created here – except for the ending. It is a logical conclusion to what’s been happening in the novel (up to a point), it may be the more realistic choice, but I did not like it one bit. I can see how it increases the story’s dramatic effect, but my inner romantic was not happy!If you like time travel adventures of the creative kind, if you want to watch two young men deal with a growing attraction between them that forces them to make some tough decisions, and if you’re looking for an entertaining story about coming of age, finding your way in the world, and dealing with dangers that threaten everything you know, then you will probably like this novel.NOTE: This book was provided by Etopia Press for the purpose of a review on Rainbow Book Reviews.

  • Rick
    2019-01-23 01:01

    Gosh what can I say other than there isn't anything that I did not love about this novel. The characters were really interesting and the plot really kept you on edge wondering what would happen next.A teenager from 2014 heads back in time to 1963. Experiences so many new and old things.The author wrote it so well I didn't realize how quickly I was actually inhaling the book.I look forward to more books like this well Not exactly but a tender love story filled with intrigue!Please give this a try. You won't regret picking it up.

  • March Shoggoth Madness The Haunted Reading Room
    2019-01-30 19:47

    Review: THE EXCHANGE STUDENT by Mark Allan GunnellsUsually I eschew romance fiction, but THE EXCHANGE STUDENT is a different story. An alternate reality, sci-fi, finely wrought emotionally, tear jerking romance, this story carved itself into my heart and into my dreams (literally). In an alternate 2017, time travel exists. Regulated by a commission, certain applicants are allowed to visit other times, to stay with host families, under supervision of time guardians. Seventeen-year-old Trevor wants to learn firsthand about the intensifying Civil Rights Movement, so he visits 1963. Oh my! Not only does he encounter both ignorance and rampant bigotry, he experiences interpersonal relationships, dysfunctional home, and jealousy turned vengeful. He also (lucky fellow) falls deeply and permanently in love ("stoned in love," to borrow an idiom of the era). Wound up in this is a rebellious group called Revisionists who want to "fix" history by changing events, such as preventing JFK' s assassination. Sounds good, but altering historical events alters the subsequent timeline.I really loved this emotionally wrenching story and count it a re-reader.

  • Lisa Cullinan
    2019-01-28 01:42

    Great storyline!I loved this story to the point where I was dreading that it had to end. But, unfortunately, everything does come to an end....Trevor, a seventeen year old from the year 2014, gets transported to the year 1963....little did he know that he'd find love along side unveiling a threat to future generations....this story was intriguing, descriptive, funny, and heart wrenching....Mark Allan Gunnell's writing was as perfect as I've ever read....his detail for description and yet, his poignant yet simple prose when conveying that new but forbidden young love, just brought me to tears!!!! I can't wait to read more of this author's work!!

  • scavola scavola
    2019-01-18 00:49

    Such a great YA sci-fi novel! And I love that the revisionist history integrated the sci-fi twist into reality. Quite unique and well-written. The only issue I had was tying in the conflict with the story, I didn't follow how A + B = C. Also, though it was a period piece, there's a lot of racism that went mostly unchallenged. But the ending was really nice..

  • Michelle
    2019-02-02 21:43

    Great story, interesting take on time travel. Good character development. I gave it 4 stars not just because it didn't have the HEA I was expecting (or wanted). It felt like part of the ending was missing, almost as if the author left room for a sequel. Overall, I really enjoyed the story and look forward to reading other books by this author.

  • Adam Dunn
    2019-02-04 22:47

    One dimensional characters and doesn't bring anything new to the table.The mother character is pure evil, no shades of grey here. Everyone knows he's from the future but no one tries to talk to or friend him. The character development is at a grade school level, not YA. You can see what's going to happen a mile in advance. Not interesting. Boo.

  • Leslie
    2019-02-03 02:04

    3 stars since it doesn't end with a HEA. ¬_¬***

  • Michael
    2019-02-11 19:49

    I like the idea of an exchange student in time, but thought that everyone knowing about him would have affected the timeline. The time guardian being from the 1880s was a little unbelievable as well.

  • Jeffery
    2019-02-02 20:37

    The Exchange Student is a bittersweet little page-turner with a plot that makes it stand out in the genre.

  • Love Bytes Reviews
    2019-02-09 22:46

    This book was read and reviewed by Carissa for Love Bytes Reviews.