Oona Out of Order by Margarita Montimore
My rating ✰4✰
Picture and quote from Goodreads
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?
Oona Out of Order is a remarkably inventive novel that explores what it means to live a life fully in the moment, even if those moments are out of sequence. Surprising, magical, and heart-wrenching, Montimore has crafted an unforgettable story about the burdens of time, the endurance of love, and the power of family.
This book is due to come out on the 25th of this month. I won the arc in an Instagram giveaway. I am so glad I got to read it.
This book has such a fun concept, Oona turns a different age each year on her birthday, New Year’s Day, at midnight when the year changes. She goes from 18 to 51 to 27 and so on. Each year is filled with losses and love and adventures and fun. Nothing is ever all good or all bad. Somehow it just kept surprising me with each leap. New adventures and new lessons, and a new way to live in the moment. Some losses she has to survive before she even gets to live through the beginnings. Each year she learns something more about the world and herself and what it means to live in the moment. She learns that to live a full life she needs to fully experience the highs and the lows. She can’t have one without the other.
Oona Out of Order was fun and light and made me laugh out loud numerous times, but it still had so much that made me think about what you can live through and what you can change and whether you should hope to be able to change your past. Oona did a great job of trying to accept who she was and where she was in life and enjoying it to the fullest.