Oona Out of Order by Margarita Montimore
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.
Oona stopped trusting the mirror years ago.
I wasn’t quite sure what to expect when I started Oona Out of Order. In theory, I love books about time travel, but I have been let down by them many times. It is so difficult to make the trope original! Fortunately, this is officially one of my favourite time travel books ever.
The timeline of Oona’s life is in scrambles. One year she is in her fifties and the next she is in her thirties. Why this happens is never explained and I think it is important to know that going in to it. Don’t try and look for answers. You just have to go with it!
I really love Oona as a character. It was interesting to see her grapple with her emotions. The character development is what makes this book special. So many people come in and out of her life and they all teach her something different. I was not expecting this book to be so emotional.
Montimore is incredible talented. She weaves this tale together so beautifully. It is evident that she did a lot of research. I loved all of the pop culture references!
I listened to the audiobook thanks for Libro fm and I highly recommend it.