Oona Out of Order Review

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About the Book

Oona Out of Order by Margarita Montimore
352 pages
Flatiron Books
February 25, 2020

Just because life may be out of order, doesn’t mean it’s broken.

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.

Review

I have to say that as soon as I read the synopsis for this book it became on of my most anticipated reads. I was just dying to get my hands on an early copy and I got so lucky to get one (a BIG thank you!). And let me tell you, this book did not disappoint! It was just as trippy as the synopsis sounds and I could literally curl up with it over and over again, picking up new hidden details along the way.

Now, I’m obsessed with a good time jumping story! Oona is forced to live her adult life out of order, jumping forwards, backwards, diagonally, who knows what on New Years Eve (AKA, the night before her birthday) every year. Like dang, I’m getting whiplash just reading it, let alone having to live it! Because of this forwards and backwards movement I was also drawing some parallels to one of my favorite books: Howl’s Moving Castle. You know, the whole being forced to be older than you really are.

This is one of those stories that makes you go back and question all of the choices you have ever made. Would you be happy with yourself if a younger version of yourself had to live it for you? Would you do anything to go back and make changes? Or would you do anything to go back and simply relive that moment and relish in the perfectness of it?

This is one of those books that benefits from its surreal-ness. So, read the synopsis to prepare yourself, but then just settle in, curl up under some covers, get a cup of tea/coffee, and just read.

About the Author

After receiving a BFA in Creative Writing from Emerson College, Margarita Montimore worked for over a decade in publishing and social media before deciding to focus on the writing dream full-time. She lives in New Jersey with her husband and dog.

Margarita writes upmarket fiction that tends to be left of center and flirt with multiple genres. She loves all things dark, strange, and surreal, but is also optimistic—verging on quixotic—and a pop culture geek, so her work tends to incorporate all those elements to varying degrees.

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*I received an arc in exchange for an honest review*