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Wednesday, April 22, 2020

Review: Oona Out of Order by Margarita Montimore @flatironbooks @damiella #bravethebacklist #bookclub

Oona Out of Order 
by Margarita Montimore

Publisher: Flatiron Books
Publish Date: February 25, 2020
Kindle Edition
352 Pages
Genre: Contemporary
Just because life may be out of order, doesn’t mean it’s broken.
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?
Oona Out of Order is a remarkably inventive novel that explores what it means to live a life fully in the moment, even if those moments are out of sequence. Surprising, magical, and heart-wrenching, Montimore has crafted an unforgettable story about the burdens of time, the endurance of love, and the power of family.
My Review:
What a very interesting and unique book! I couldn't imagine waking up one day in my older body but inside only being 19 and then every year, as the new year came, wake up at a different point in my life. This actually sounds like it could be fun... unless you're actually in it I suppose. 
Not gonna lie, it took me a moment to figure out some of the chapter headings showed which age she was outside to inside.  Not sure why it took me so long but once it did it was a DOH moment. I really enjoyed Oona's journey.  Her constant state of flux was compelling and I loved how she tried to learn from each experience.  It must be so hard to not take advantage of certain things while simultaneously needing to in order to survive.  And to have only a couple of truly close relationships because of this (dis)order... mentally taxing for sure.
I think I wanted a bit more of WHY this is happening to her. Why did this start on her 19th birthday?  And I wanted to see more years.  Does she bounce back to being an infant when her inside is like 69 years old? OMG.  Definitely expected this to be a little more light hearted but in any case, a very intriguing and fun read for something new and different.  Oh Oona, I would've loved to have gone partying with you in the Meatpacking District, gone to a concert with you or just sat down to pick your brain.
Would this make you look at life differently? Are you prone to destiny and the outcome doesn't change regardless?  Does life just happen and you have virtually no control?  In any order, you still have to live it.

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