by Margarita Montimore
Genre: Women’s Fiction
Publisher: Flatiron Books (Macmillan)
Book Release Date: February 25, 2020
My Review: ★★★★★
A remarkably inventive novel that explores what it means to live a life fully in the moment, even if those moments are out of order.
It’s New Year’s Eve 1982, and Oona Lockhart has her whole life before her. At the stroke of midnight she will turn nineteen, and the year ahead promises to be one of consequence. Should she go to London to study economics, or remain at home in Brooklyn to pursue her passion for music and be with her boyfriend? As the countdown to the New Year begins, Oona faints and awakens thirty-two years in the future in her fifty-one-year-old body. Greeted by a friendly stranger in a beautiful house she’s told is her own, Oona learns that with each passing year she will leap to another age at random. And so begins Oona Out of Order…
Hopping through decades, pop culture fads, and much-needed stock tips, Oona is still a young woman on the inside but ever changing on the outside. Who will she be next year? Philanthropist? Club Kid? World traveler? Wife to a man she’s never met? Surprising, magical, and heart-wrenching, Margarita Montimore has crafted an unforgettable story about the burdens of time, the endurance of love, and the power of family.
|What a great book! I loved this. ❤|
Oona out of order was so much fun to read. I love time travel books, I’m discovering, more and more, and this one had all the elements you might look for. The unexpectedness, the learning of the new surroundings, the “how the heck did this happen” stuff and thinking about what all might go into that. How Oona starts writing herself letters, and how she starts realizing what she can and can’t do to change what’s already been done. There’s always that philosophical question of – how would this really work? This book is no different, and it’s fun to see how this comes together.
Everyone around Oona is living her life in order, but she is not. On her 19th birthday, which happens to be New Year’s Day, she “jumps” from midnight of turning 19 to midnight of turning 51. We get to spend the next several years and next several “jumps” with her as she learns who she is, what choices she must have made to get there, and what surprises have happened and are yet to be revealed along the way.
There’s joy, there’s heartbreak, and there are twists I didn’t see coming that, for me, took the whole book from already great to O.M.G. It has these gasp moments that make the book seem so much bigger, or maybe that was the feeling in my chest at the realizations! It hit me in the feels, and I can see myself going back to read this book again to see if there might have been things I missed along the way not realizing they were going to play a role or foreshadow something later in the book.
The sum of it, definitely read this one! See if you love it as much as I did!!