Oona Out of Order

Oona Out of Order was a wonderful time-travel story, and nothing what I expected. It was much more: more moving, more provoking, more enriching that I imagined it would be.

READ IF YOU…

  • Want a fun, but thought-provoking read
  • Want to explore a little more about the human experience
  • Are in the mood for time-travel sci-fi

TitleOona Out of Order  AuthorMargarita Montimore 

  • Genre: Fiction, Sci-fi, Contemporary, Magical Realism
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  • Rating: 3/5 stars

What a thrilling and provoking read!

It’s 1982, and Oona Lockhart turns 19 on New Year’s Day. She has a choice: stay in the band in Brooklyn, NY with her friends and love, or go to London with her friend to study economics.

But as the countdown to New Year’s nears midnight, Oona faints – and wakes up as her 51 year old self. She’s still Oona, but older, in an unfamiliar house, alone, with a strange man.

Oona’s confusion turns to more confusion as she learns that every year, she “leaps” – skips to a different year of her life at the stroke of midnight New Year’s Eve. One year she wakes up as a 29 year old in 1993, though she’s chronologically 20. Another year, she’s a 41 year old woman in 2005. On and on, she learns about the major highlights of her life – milestones, griefs, trips, friends, relationships. She uses her time-hopping to make it big on the stock market, never having to worry about money. But she’s lonely, still confused, and unsure of her life and herself.

As she leaps, Oona has one constant in her life: her mother Madeline. Madeline guides her daughter at every leap, but never tells her what’s going to happen in that year, or what already happened in previous years that Oona has yet to experience.

Oona Out of Order was a wonderful time-travel story, and nothing what I expected. It was much more: more moving, more provoking, more enriching that I imagined it would be. I teared up, I laughed, and I felt. Mostly, though, it had me learning what Oona starts to learn: that maybe, just maybe, life is meant to be lived one day at a time, enjoyed in the little things that end up making an entire life.

2 thoughts on “Oona Out of Order

  1. dinipandareads says:

    Great review. I’ve heard a lot of good things about this book and I’m excited to give it a try. I’m not always so big on time traveling stories but I’m really liking the sound of this one. Plus I’ve heard too many good things to pass it up now 😅

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