Oona 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?...more
What a minute! This is coming from my brain cells! They’re burning! I overused them. What a mind bending, innovative, unconventional, complex reading I had! Wow! After reading this, I got a NewYearsEvephobia!
Imagine yourself as nineteen years old (I pro ...more
Well, I saw enough like minded reviews not to feel *too* absurd in giving this only 3 stars. I have to admit I am really disappointed. It started out very strong, my interest was held and then it just fizzled right out. You've all seen the plot summary - an 18 year old leaps into the future or past every year on New Year's Day (which also happens to be her birthday). I thought this was incredibly unique and couldn't wait to begin. Howe ...more
TW: drug/alcohol abuse, addiction, death of a loved one, slut shaming, fatphobia, transphobia, homophobia, cheating, terminal illness ...more
As if life isn’t complicated enough without time travel?
“How long ‘til my soul gets it right?”
—Indigo Girls, “Galileo”
NYC, 1982. It’s New Year’s Eve. At midnight, Oona will turn 19. She’s exactly where she wants to be—at a party with her beloved boyfriend and friends, and their band is about to perform. She has a tough decision to make: should she go study economics in London or should she stay and perform with the band? But regardless of what she chooses to do, she knows it’s going to ...more
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If I could describe this book, it would be a combination of Thirteen Going on Thirty (yusss, Jennifer Garner) mixed with the ghost of Christmas past from A Christmas Carol... mixed with any 90s primetime sitcom accompanied by a laugh track of fake audience members. I mean that... exactly as you're thinking I mean it. Now here we go with my unpopular opinion: ...more
This book is a thinker! A creative new look at time travel: living life non-sequentially and what that would mean to your relationships and the decisions you make. Join Oona on this journey and discover how Margarita Montimore approaches this crazy conundrum.
I imagine this book will get under the skin of some due to the potential of time travel paradoxes and how certain conseque ...more
The premise caught my attention: what if one woman doesn't live her life linearly, but completely out of order, one year at a time?
On the eve of her nineteenth birthday, Oona is in a good place: at a New Year's Eve party with the man she loves, counting down to both the new year and a new year in her own life. But just as the clock strikes midnight, Oona passes out—and wakes up as a 51-year-old, in an unfamiliar place, greeted by a stranger who expects this to happen, ...more
Book friends, I LOVED this book! I devoured it in 2 days. It provided the perfect escape from our dismal reality right now. It was innovative, fun, emotional, though-provoking and very well written.
I am not a huge time travel reader but the way it was done here was so intriguing. Oona is a 19 year old on the cusp of her future. It's New Year's Eve, she's in love, had amazing friends, a huge decision to make and her whole life ahead of her. Except that at stroke of mi ...more
Oona’s character is what bugged me the most. She incessantly whined throughout her adventures and I ended up skimming just to get to the next year. I also yearned first more nostalgia, more heart and soul. I had high hopes for Oona, but alas this one fell flat for me. ...more
When I first heard about this book I was soooooooo stoked. I mean . . . .
Every year, on your birthday, right at midnight, you travel through time to inhabit your body at a different point of your life. For exactly one year. Then you “leap” to another random age you haven’t lived before (could be older, could be younger). You’re physically and mentally healthy, but you’re experiencing your adult life out of order.
Now THAT is some t ...more
Oona Out of Order by Margarita Montimore
Pub Date: February 25, 2020
It's New Year's Eve, 1982, and Oona Lockhart is about to celebrate her 19th birthday. At the stroke of midnight, the adventure begins. We learn that Oona, every birthday, age 19 and on, is lived out of order for one year. Her chronological age may be 26, but she wakes up during her 45th year.
So I loved the premise of this book. I've realized that I may have a thing for time travel boo ...more
I found the story made me look at my own life and pondered the pivoting choices we have made causing major life changes. The career we choose, our partners in life, or the small decisions we make each day all cumulate to how our lives’ trajectory will be. In the end, we li ...more
Oona out of Order is a grand example of that. I look at all those 4 and 5 stars on Goodreads for this book, and I just can't relate.
Oona out of Order is a good example of why you should leave sci-fi concepts to sc-fi writers. Time jumps in this book are muddy at best, and very much tailored to ...more
THIS IS THE BEST BOOK I'VE READ ALL YEAR
(one of three, at least. I have only said this about three books and it's almost October, so. Take me with a grain of salt, but ONLY ONE grain of salt because I'm TELLING you, this BOOK!)
This is very high concept, and I'm a huge sucker for high concept, especially ones like this. I, once again, did not read the blurb or any copy before diving into this one and it was a great decision. I'll have to evaluate in a few days and see if I'm st ...more
The story starts on New Years Eve 1982. On the stroke of midnight, Oona passes out and wakes up in 2015 in her 51 year old body. Thus begins Oona’s life of jumping forwards and backwards through time to a random different year in her life every New Years Eve, experi ...more
How many of us have looked forward to the coming year and, knowing precisely what’s coming, wish we could skip the year entirely and live a different one, either in our pasts or farther down the line? When making this wish, however, few of us would sign our names on the dotted line, tying ourselves to that future, if we found out that the next year ahead of us would be a completely random one. The titular Oona in Margarita Montimore’s d ...more
I didn't think I would really love a time travel book, and thought it might be a little confusing or hard to follow... but it wasn't and I really did enjoy it for the m ...more
Just soooooo much to chew on here I'm going ...more
*Thank you Flatiron Books for the gifted copy for review. All opinions are my own
I don't really read time travel books but this sort of time traveling was strange. I really want to ask, why did the book start with a blank memory and it wasn't subsequently blank each year? I think that was one of the reasons i rated this book low. I didn't understand the time traveling in this book. ...more
Oona time travels as the description suggests, she leaps from year to year, forward and backwards, with no obvious pattern. Her ...more
I hate being harsh about books, because I know authors are people too, and it's hard for them to see their books slammed. But I have very strong feelings about this book. Spoilers ahead.
Bottom line: I thought it was dreadful. The concept is really intriguing, and it's a crying shame the execution is so very poor.
First off, this book commits one of the worst cardinal sins of a story: it tells far, far more than it shows. The choice to have Oona leap around means that she is essentially star ...more