Oona Out of Order

Margarita Montimore


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. 

-Excerpt taken from Goodreads.

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My Opinion

4 out of 5 stars (4 / 5) Oona is a music- loving, band playing 19yo who, on her birthday, jumps to a different year of her life. Sometimes it’s backwards, sometimes it’s forward but she never knows. The only thing to help her along, is a letter she writes to herself. She endures hardships and trials out of order and it is so interesting to read how she deals with situations with what info she is given. Sometimes she has no info and has to fake it but sometimes she has info from jumps to her later years.

I loved going on this journey with her. I found myself so curious about each jump. I looked forward to characters and felt the ups and downs right along with Oona. It was well written and entertaining while also touching. The music she listened to and raves about was so fun to hear. Oona learned a lot from each jump and it was fascinating to see how that shaped her. Learning about life and what is important was huge for her.

The content had language with quite a few F words.There was sex, especially in some very promiscuous years. Hard drugs and alcohol were prevalent quite a few times. I recommend this for those who love stories about contemporary, self discovery or who just need a good, light hearted read.

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