9 May 2023

Review: OONA OUT OF ORDER by Margarita Montimore


Author: Margarita Montimore
Series: N/A
Source: Kobo
Publisher: Flatiron Books
Publication Date: February 25, 2020

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Representation: Trans*, gay, and lesbian side characters

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.
Content Warning:  drug use, infidelity, cancer, adoption, death of a loved one, amnesia, missing memories, alcohol use, divorce, break in/theft.

Oona Out of Order follows Oona as she travels back and forth through her life. Guided by advice from her previous self, advice she sometimes takes and sometimes ignores, she makes some big mistakes and some shocking discoveries. Ultimately she realizes the things she can and cannot change, and is buoyed by a series of loves.

This is a poignant, moving, tremendously thought-provoking book that is so beautifully written. I love books about time travel, especially those which deal with the emotional aspects rather than the scientific. There were so many wondrous moments to be found here.

I laughed, I cried, I gasped. I felt so many things throughout reading this book and I am so glad it was written and that I got to read it. I loved the idea of it and wish it had gone into a bit more of how she convinced her mom that she was time travelling.

I also feel like we saw a lot of really dramatic moments instead of ones that didn't have Oona drowning her sorrows in drugs and alcohol.

I loved the theme of not being able to know what happens in the future, even if we see some warning signs. I loved this book!

Have you read this book? Are you going to pick this up?

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