BOOK REVIEW: Oona Out of Order
by Margarita Montimore
ABOUT THE BOOK (from Amazon):
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.
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Oona Out of Order reminded me a little bit of The Midnight Library. Except Oona isn’t experiencing different versions of her life—i.e. what might have happened if she had made different decisions along the way. Instead, she’s experiencing her life as it is, but…out of order.
I loved this book!
There are so many things that we will experience in our futures that we don’t know about right now—the death of a loved one, regret over a decision that was made, good times and bad times in our relationships. Would we act differently now if we knew those things were going to occur?
Some of Oona’s “leaps,” or time travel experiences, are especially fun for those of us who lived in the 80s and 90s, and who have seen the changes in technology, music and even our own bodies over the years. We can definitely relate to some of what Oona goes through.
I highly recommend this book. It’s a lot of fun but also thought provoking.