Oona Out of Order
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.

Oona Out of Order Details

TitleOona Out of Order
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseFeb 25th, 2020
PublisherFlatiron Books
ISBN-139781250236609
Rating
GenreFiction, Science Fiction, Time Travel, Contemporary, Magical Realism

Oona Out of Order Review

  • Nilufer Ozmekik
    January 1, 1970
    Oh boy, WTH I just finished! My head should stop spinning! Whats that smell? Did I burn the dinner again? Oh, no I havent cooked anything for 2 years. There is an alarm sensing my footsteps as I take only one step in the kitchen. So it cant be!What a minute! This is coming from my brain cells! Theyre 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 Oh boy, WTH I just finished! My head should stop spinning! What’s that smell? Did I burn the dinner again? Oh, no I haven’t cooked anything for 2 years. There is an alarm sensing my footsteps as I take only one step in the kitchen. So it can’t be!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 probably punched that version of myself because she was too know-it-all, pretentious prick!) celebrating your birthday and New Year’s Eve, feeling dizzy and passing out and when you open your eyes, finding yourself trapped in 51 years old version of yourself! Yes, the story starts like different version of Jen Garner’s “13 going on 30” but this is absolutely another kind of brain cells destroying story to catch what’s gonna happen next!This is about Oona who is waking up different phase of her life at every New Year’s Eve. Yes, complicated right! Imagine finding yourself in an old body, living in a mansion (yes so loaded, uber rich, that is only best part of your condition) and as you look for the love of your life, he is nowhere to be seen. So we catch different phases of Oona’s life and her self-discovery story! At some levels she was so mature for the body she’s trapped or vice versa.How the system works: 1) Her mother knows her secret and she meets different versions of her daughter at every year. Madeleine is a hippy, down to earth, entertaining, nuts, sarcastic, vivid , so much lovable character (at some parts I loved her more than Oona) so she doesn’t question too much this paranormally awkward situation. She just adapts and prepares her daughter for her new year.2) Oona’s future self always leaves her a letter to warn her what she’s getting through that year( giving a chance to a nice guy, making things up for her mother, being kind to her new husband etc.)3) She never thinks about money because time travelling helps her to invest for the perfect stock portfolio and bet for the right teams.What I liked about this book: The author’s intelligence to play with our minds and usage of the details effectively. You gotta give your full concentration because any small detail serves you as an important revelation about the next year of Oona’s life.What I didn’t like about it: We don’t know the exact reason why this is happening to Oona. And without working or discovering her own passion to achieve something in the world, she does drugs, travels around the world, has heartbreaks and suffers from loneliness but sometimes her lack of holding something passionately (instead of taking guitar lesson but she resumes it to flirt with the teacher so it doesn’t count) made me think she is just acting like an aimless, dull vessel.But later I thought that she was only 19 when she started her own journey so it is understandable that she got lost after bombardment of too much new information about her future life. The author just decided to give us some part of her journey but don’t worry, at those parts she learned so much life lessons and got so many experiences for her own age.OVERALL: It’s fresh, complex, definitely grey cell killer, Unique, original, provocative, mind blowing kind of great story earned my 4 time travel, experiencing you new age, forming wonderful relationship with your mother stars!Special thanks to Netgalley and Flatiron Books to share this mind spinning ARC COPY with me in exchange my honest review.bloginstagramfacebooktwitter
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  • Larry H
    January 1, 1970
    4.5 stars.As if life isnt complicated enough without time travel?How long til my soul gets it right?Indigo Girls, GalileoNYC, 1982. Its New Years Eve. At midnight, Oona will turn 19. Shes exactly where she wants to beat 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 its going to be a great 4.5 stars.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 be a great year.Then the clock strikes midnight...and when she wakes up she’s 51 years old. She’s told by a friendly stranger that she has a condition where on the cusp of the new year every year, she leaps either forward or backward in time.This discovery is bewildering for Oona. She tries to understand all that has changed in her world and the world around her, and as she connects with the constants in her life she tries to figure out how to spend the time until she can hopefully make it back to that night in 1982. Oona Out of Order follows Oona as she travels back and forth through her life. Guided by advice from her previous self, advice she sometimes takes and sometimes ignores, she makes some big mistakes and some shocking discoveries. Ultimately she realizes the things she can and cannot change, and is buoyed by a series of loves.This is a poignant, moving, tremendously thought-provoking book that is so beautifully written. I love books about time travel, especially those which deal with the emotional aspects rather than the scientific. There were so many wondrous moments to be found here.I really enjoyed this and loved the characters, including the supporting characters, so much. I felt like it dragged a bit in the middle (maybe one too many leaps through time, even though each one added more depth to her story), but I couldn’t stop reading because I needed to know how Margarita Montimore would tie things up. This is one I won’t soon forget.Check out my list of the best books I read in 2019 at https://itseithersadnessoreuphoria.blogspot.com/2020/01/the-best-books-i-read-in-2019.html. Check out my list of the best books of the decade at https://itseithersadnessoreuphoria.blogspot.com/2020/01/my-favorite-books-of-decade.html.See all of my reviews at itseithersadnessoreuphoria.blogspot.com.Follow me on Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/the.bookishworld.of.yrralh/.
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  • Berit☀️✨
    January 1, 1970
    Wow what a book! The perfect blend of angst, romance, pop-culture, and time travel. When I read the blurb for this book I was intrigued, sounded like such a fun concept. And while this book was a lot of fun it was SO much more! Thought-provoking and emotional. The book really gave you lots to think about, what would you do if you were in Oonas shoes? Are there parts of your past you would change, even if it altered your future? There was also much more emotional depth to this story than I was Wow what a book! The perfect blend of angst, romance, pop-culture, and time travel. When I read the blurb for this book I was intrigued, sounded like such a fun concept. And while this book was a lot of fun it was SO much more! Thought-provoking and emotional. The book really gave you lots to think about, what would you do if you were in Oona’s shoes? Are there parts of your past you would change, even if it altered your future? There was also much more emotional depth to this story than I was anticipating. I might have shed a few tears. There were also lots of fun pop culture references that really gave you the perfect sense of time with each time shift. Oona is a typical 18-year-old celebrating New Year’s Eve. Trying to figure life out. Is she going to move to London and pursue her much desired finance career? Or stay home with her boyfriend and follow her musical dreams? But on New Year’s Eve while at 11:59 Oona is 18 at midnight..... she is 51. Oona soon finds out that every year on New Year’s Eve she will jump forward or backwards in time, never knowing what age she will be next. There is so much I want to say, but I don’t want to ruin this for anybody. Oona was such a likable character and I really did feel for her. However she did frustrate me at times, I had to remind myself that her actual age was not the age that she was living. Imagine navigating your 40s as a teenager? Some of the time travel concepts may not have been plausible, but I didn’t care I was completely caught up in Oona’s life. This was a story I did not want to end, and I am keeping my fingers crossed that there is a follow up.🎧🎧🎧 The audiobook was narrated by Brittany Pressley Who is one of the best and did a marvelous job. You might think a story that bounces around like this one would be hard to follow on audio, but I can assure you it definitely was not.This book in emojis ⏳ ✉️ 💵 🍹 🎸 📓 *** Big thank you to Flatiron, Macmillan Audio, & libro.fm for my gifted copy of this book. All opinions are my own. ***
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  • Michelle
    January 1, 1970
    Definitely in the minority in this one. Oona drove me crazy. 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. Definitely in the minority in this one. Oona drove me crazy. 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. However, with each leap I grew increasingly frustrated with Oona and didn't care for many of the other characters either. The reason Oona really annoyed me was because I was real fed up with her terrible decision making skills. I tried to give her the benefit of the doubt because she was in her early to mid 20s through most of the book (despite whatever age she leapt to was), but she was just a whiny brat through almost everything. There was only one real instance where I felt bad for her (Edward), but the whole Kenzie situation was completely over the top. I just couldn't understand that one. That's when the book really lost me. I also was a little frustrated with the lack of explanation into the why behind most of this. I'm not someone who needs to have everything explained perfectly (and I'm capable of suspending disbelief), but it just kind of confused me as to why we wouldn't even bother a little to discuss anything having to do with this condition. My last point is that I was very emotionally disconnected from all of this. I didn't feel the highs or the lows - I was mostly just a passive observer. I'm not sure if it was because I disliked all the characters or what, but I just didn't connect the way I wanted to. I also thought some of the dialogue was really cheesy? (Wow, I guess I'm really going there in this review.)Despite all that, I really liked the premise a lot. My wish is that it could have been executed better. I thought it was an extremely creative idea and the first two points in time that were covered I was HOOKED. I think this is really a case of right book/wrong person and I urge you to consider my review, but also take into account the many other reviewers who simply loved it. I think anytime I give a middle of the road review I try and think if I would read another book from the author again. If I would - then it's an overall positive rating. If I wouldn't, then I give it below a 3. Because I plan to give the author another chance, I give this a 3 star rating.Thanks to Libro.fm for providing an ALC for me to listen to when I didn't have the book handy. I enjoyed the narrator and thought she did a great job. I do think a book that jumps around in time is better off being read in person so as to cut out any confusion with where you are in time (so you can flip back, etc. when picking it back up again), but not anything that ruins the experience. My last thanks goes to the Buffalo Library for providing the physical copy.Review Date: 03/21/2020Publication Date: 02/25/2020
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  • Anne Bogel
    January 1, 1970
    Rounded up from 3.5 stars. 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 outand wakes up as a 51-year-old, in an unfamiliar place, greeted by a stranger who expects this to happen, Rounded up from 3.5 stars. 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, and a letter from herself explaining the wild ride she's just begun. I appreciated the creativity of this story, which reminded me of Back to the Future for theme and Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine for tone.
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  • SheLovesThePages
    January 1, 1970
    ⏳BOOK REVIEW⏳Oona Out of Order by Margarita MontimorePub Date: February 25, 2020352 pages-DESCRIPTION-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. -THOUGHTS-So I loved the premise of this book. I've realized that I may have a thing for time travel ⏳BOOK REVIEW⏳Oona Out of Order by Margarita MontimorePub Date: February 25, 2020352 pages-DESCRIPTION-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. -THOUGHTS-So I loved the premise of this book. I've realized that I may have a thing for time travel books. There were so many times that you want to shake Oona. She is like a rebellious teenager during her first 3 "leaps". It's when it starts to really dawn on her that what really matters are those we love is when the book becomes magical. On one hand we pity her circumstance....but then we also envy it.-RATING-⭐⭐⭐⭐ 4/5 starsI recommend this book!-SIMILAR RECOMMENDED READS-The Time Travelers WifeBig Little LiesThe Gifted School
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  • Nursebookie
    January 1, 1970
    This was such a creative book about a young woman, who every year during New Years Eve on her birthday wakes up into a random time of her life. She can wake up in the future or the past and get to live her life for that year. 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 live This was such a creative book about a young woman, who every year during New Year’s Eve on her birthday wakes up into a random time of her life. She can wake up in the future or the past and get to live her life for that year. 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 live with ups and downs, happiness and sadness, surprises and disappointments which are all part of our life and defines who we become. Life isn’t all a bed of roses full of perfect moments, and this story tells it so in such a beautiful and poignant way. I loved Oona and all her flaws, her courage, and how she wears her heart on her sleeve proudly. I have never read anything like this. I absolutely loved and enjoyed this. I find myself looking forward to what point in her life she will me moving to - sometimes it’s in a 51 yo body of a 20 yo Oona, and so forth. I loved seeing her growth and progression as she is maturing and understanding more of what should be experienced. I loved reading about her young self waking up 35 years forward and learning about the internet, smart phones, the changes in our colloquial speech like ‘my bad’ or ‘Cray’ that someone from the ‘80’s would have an issue understanding. There were many instances like that which made reading fun, well researched and very witty read.I loved it!! I highly recommend this!! Amazing!!
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  • BernLuvsBooks (Mom to 2 Posh Lil Divas)
    January 1, 1970
    5 Perfect Escape Read Stars!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 5 Perfect Escape Read Stars!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 midnight she awakens to find herself in a whole different place, surrounded by different people. Oh, did I mention her 19 year old self is in her future 51 year old body. Yup! Talk about a head trip! Oona finds herself traveling through her life every New Year's Day - out of order. Never knowing where she will end up next. I loved how emotional her jumps were. There were years where she was so despondent she didn't want to do anything. Years where she was so frustrated she said F it and did all the BAD things. There were years where she grabbed the bull by the horns and did all sorts of amazing cross it off your bucket list things. Through it all, she had to keep the leaps secret from everyone except her mother. How do you fully commit to living when you know you are only in this place and time for 365 days? Oona had many emotions to deal with, so many decisions to make based on snippets of her life she was putting together like a puzzle with only a few letters from her future or past self to guide her. She made mistakes, she learned, she loved and she lived an exceptional life - albeit out of order. If you haven't read this one yet. I highly recommend it. It's definitely going to be one of my top reads of the year!
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  • Suzanne thebookblondie
    January 1, 1970
    Oona Out of Order by Margarita Montimore (#9 in 2020)Thank you to @libro.fm and @flatironbooks for my advanced audio version of this newbie!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: Oona Out of Order by Margarita Montimore (#9 in 2020)Thank you to @libro.fm and @flatironbooks for my advanced audio version of this newbie!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:This book was somewhat entertaining, but it was a lil too cheesy for me. All of the characters, including Oona, have the exact same sense of wit. There isn't much variety between the characters' personalities, which left me a little bored. Don't get it twisted-- I love a good sarcastic character, but this element only works if there's contrast between characters and if the sarcasm is reserved for select characters. The plot had way too many holes. Time travel is obviously fictional, but authors like Blake Crouch know how to craft the concept and still make it seem believable. Montimore left a lot of questions regarding the logistics of how Oona's time travel worked or why it occurred.I felt like the author danced around a few potential themes, but never fully took advantage of any of them. With the lack of a theme, the progression of the storyline felt almost pointless. There were also a few moments that were pivotal for Oona, but the emotions never actually came. Perhaps this book just wasn't for me, so I'll give it 2.5 stars Have you read this one? Thoughts? What books just kind of left you with that "meh" feeling?
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  • Jessica Jeffers
    January 1, 1970
    I loved this book so much that my only real complaint is that I think it should have been written as a series so that we could spend more time in each of Oona's asynchronous years.
  • Jordy’s Book Club
    January 1, 1970
    QUICK TAKE: If Rebecca Searle's THE DINNER LIST and Blake Crouch's RECURSION had a book baby...this book is a heartfelt, emotional, genre-bending blast. I need sequels, Margarita!!
  • Ema
    January 1, 1970
    ACK ACK ACK ACK ACKTHIS 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 ACK ACK ACK ACK ACKTHIS 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 still as stunned because looking objectively there's nothing truly life changing about this, but sometimes they don't need to be.I stayed up late to read this. I was already too sleep-deprived from a week of various things culmulating and YET this book was SO DARN GOOD that I kept my light on and kept flipping those pages. (Now I am more sleep deprived. Whose fault is that? I'm looking at you, Montimore.)Yeah, I don't actually have much to say here, but the concept was so beautifully executed that you should probably read this. There's some really fun music stuff in there (spoiler alert: Dale does not like Pink Floyd, so don't be like me and fall in love with him in chapter one) and some absolutely beautiful glimpses at motherhood and what it entails. It's a lonely book, in a way, but in the way that makes you want to go and hug your loved ones. And it's one of those stories that keeps your brain churning about the "what-if"s and the endless possibilities that a concept creates.I adored this. I'm so sad that it ended. I know logically that it ended at a beautiful point and made a nice story arc, but gosh darn it I just want to read about EVERY single second of Oona's life and EVERY conversation she has and EVERY moment of these years, and to see how it all unfolds.I have already ranted about my adoration of this book to three non-book people and I have a feeling I'm going to be ranting about this for some time to come.
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  • Olive
    January 1, 1970
    The below review originally appeared on Open Letters Review.How many of us have looked forward to the coming year and, knowing precisely whats 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 Montimores The below review originally appeared on Open Letters Review.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 debut novel experiences her own involuntary version of that arrangement in Oona Out of Order, an unexpectedly breezy story of a young woman living her life (if you can believe it) completely out of order.Beginning when she’s nineteen years old, every year at the stroke of midnight on her birthday - which doubles as New Year’s Day - Oona travels through time, only to land in the body of her older or younger self. She starts each year not knowing where she is in time (and often, in space), yet she must live that year until her next birthday when the whole process will repeat itself. Internally, she’s her real age, while externally, she’s the age the calendar dictates; on her 19th birthday she travels from 1982 to 2015 when her body is a mature 51. Still a teenager at heart, the transition is a bumpy one. If only we all had that excuse to be a petulant teenager when our outward appearance disagrees.Financial matters aren't a concern considering money-making ventures like the stock market are kind to those who know the future. But where money isn’t a problem for Oona, nearly everything else is. First is her understandable bewilderment every time she’s dropped into a new year with new faces around her, new technology to learn, and basically a new body to navigate the world in. Hardest of all for Oona is maintaining meaningful relationships when she knows, in all likelihood, the very next year she’ll be yanked away to live in an entirely different decade. Such a life makes her feel like a sailor on shore leave: she has known, limited quantity of time before she sets sail into the unknown. The end of one year for Oona is quite literally the end of something.Oona’s “condition” (her euphemism of choice) may give her a leg up when playing the ponies, but doesn’t let her escape the problems faced by those of us living our lives at a normal rhythm. Even knowing her mistakes ahead of time doesn't necessarily prevent her from making them all over again. Given the power to look into the future, she thinks it will be easy to be the master of her fate and simply pivot her plans to avoid what she knows is coming. Yet for all her maneuvering, she often crashes headlong into the future she had hoped to dodge. Fate, she says, is “an irresistible bastard.”This story is not only intensely readable, but absolute fodder for daydreaming. If we were all granted the power to foretell our futures, would we attempt to avoid past mistakes or would there be joy in leaning into them all over again? What would we choose for ourselves if we could hand pick elements in our earlier lives that could end up giving us a more vibrant, meaningful future? How much control do any of us have over our lives, really, whether we’re time-hoppers or slaves to the sequential?Ideal for readers of Where’d You Go, Bernadette?, this book weaves intriguing food for thought into a fun romp of a story. The time travel element may be overly simplified, but the choice allows Montimore to explore other avenues and focus on characters in her debut. Readers will easily slip into Oona’s shoes as she develops following her internal age versus her external one, but learns no less about life for it. In different, yet entirely the same ways as the rest of us, Oona loves and experiences loss, triumphs, and falls flat on her face, but, at the end of the day (or in this case, year) she proves what we all already knew: the passing of time makes fools of us all.
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  • Laura • lauralovestoread
    January 1, 1970
    What a surprisingly compelling story. I honestly havent read that many travel-esque novels, but Im a fan! I just loved the way Oona bounced back around at different time periods of her life, and I found myself completely entranced to see what part of her life I would get to see next.*Thank you Flatiron Books for the gifted copy for review. All opinions are my own What a surprisingly compelling story. I honestly haven’t read that many travel-esque novels, but I’m a fan! I just loved the way Oona bounced back around at different time periods of her life, and I found myself completely entranced to see what part of her life I would get to see next.*Thank you Flatiron Books for the gifted copy for review. All opinions are my own
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  • Tania
    January 1, 1970
    I absolutely love reading books that have anything to do with time travelling, especially ones that fall outside the science fiction genre. Some of my favorites so - Life After Life, The Time Traveler's Wife and The Outlander Series. 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 Oonas life of jumping forwards and backwards through time to a random different year in her life every New Years Eve, I absolutely love reading books that have anything to do with time travelling, especially ones that fall outside the science fiction genre. Some of my favorites so - Life After Life, The Time Traveler's Wife and The Outlander Series. 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, experiencing life out of order. This was a fun, quick read and the author did a good job setting the stage for different decades with clothing, music, events and the general feel of the era. The shock a young person would experience waking up in an old body is well described, and gives us a bit of insight on how much value our culture puts on youth and looks. As we only got to experience a few of Oona's years with her, I never got to know her as a full character, only as snapshots in different times in her life. Even though I love the time-travel trope, I always have some difficulty understanding the mechanics. This is more magical realism than sci-fi so we never know why Oona jumps around in time or the specifics of how it works, but from what I understand, she is still very much only living ONE life, just not in order. So please explain to me how she can leave a letter for herself on what will be happening in the year she wakes up in? She's not lived it before?That aside, this was a fun, entertaining holiday read.
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  • ~Annabelle~ ♥♠
    January 1, 1970
    I tried to fall hard for this book and i think that was the problem with this one. The storyline was really captivating and touching but i found it mostly boring.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.
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  • Tinichix (nicole)
    January 1, 1970
    I knew very little about this book going into it. I knew the brief summary and the so far primarily good reviews. It was a very pleasant surprise for me. Much more serious than I anticipated. More layers and more meaning than I was expecting. But all in a good way. I choose to do this one as an audio book and the narrator was absolutely perfect. She did an amazing job. Oona time travels as the description suggests, she leaps from year to year, forward and backwards, with no obvious pattern. Her I knew very little about this book going into it. I knew the brief summary and the so far primarily good reviews. It was a very pleasant surprise for me. Much more serious than I anticipated. More layers and more meaning than I was expecting. But all in a good way. I choose to do this one as an audio book and the narrator was absolutely perfect. She did an amazing job. Oona time travels as the description suggests, she leaps from year to year, forward and backwards, with no obvious pattern. Her mom is there to help her and she provides her own self with some help in the form of letters. Only certain people in her life can know of her time travels. No year will be perfect each will have things to love and lose. She struggles with never being able to become attached to something and how to manage leaping years and no stability and constant disorientation. She desires to live life sequentially once again, experiencing life’s lows and highs. Overall as expected she begins to appreciate more and notice more instead of taking linear life for granted. There is emotion and humor woven in. There are relationships, self growth and development. Much more than I originally anticipated. I enjoyed this listen. It was different from what I expected but different good. I only found one draw back to the audio, after a bit I lost track of what ages had been covered, if we were going forward or backward, the times all kind of blurred together. I feel like if I had a book in hand I could have flipped easier to years and ages. But overall this wasn’t enough of a negative to change my rating.
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  • Jess | thegreeneyedreader
    January 1, 1970
    4/5 stars - thanks to @librofm #partner for providing me with this gifted audiobook. I loved so many parts of this book. I thoroughly enjoyed getting to know Oona, even if it was out of order.The time uncontrollable time- traveling aspect of the book was such a fun concept. Was there holes in this time-traveling theory that went unexplained? Yes, like most time-traveling books, there were parts that didnt quite add up, but that didnt take much away from the heartwarming story.Overall, this was a 4/5 stars - thanks to @librofm #partner for providing me with this gifted audiobook. I loved so many parts of this book. I thoroughly enjoyed getting to know Oona, even if it was out of order.The time uncontrollable time- traveling aspect of the book was such a fun concept. Was there holes in this time-traveling theory that went unexplained? Yes, like most time-traveling books, there were parts that didn’t quite add up, but that didn’t take much away from the heartwarming story.Overall, this was a fun, sweet, light-hearted read with a little bit of an emotional punch packed in. Definitely recommend to story as well as the audiobook version via Libro.fm.
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  • Nicole Meyer
    January 1, 1970
    I initially gave this 4 stars, but changed it to 5 after I couldn't stop thinking about it. At the stroke of midnight on each New Year's, which is also Oona's birthday, she starts a new year, but not like everybody else. She "leaps" to different ages, but not in chronological order. This is a really unique concept for me, and I don't think I've ever read something quite like it. Since you are learning about Oona's life out of order with her, it's impossible to predict what will happen next. It I initially gave this 4 stars, but changed it to 5 after I couldn't stop thinking about it. At the stroke of midnight on each New Year's, which is also Oona's birthday, she starts a new year, but not like everybody else. She "leaps" to different ages, but not in chronological order. This is a really unique concept for me, and I don't think I've ever read something quite like it. Since you are learning about Oona's life out of order with her, it's impossible to predict what will happen next. It really forced me to think about how I would have to live my life differently. Humans are creatures of habit, and I think chronological aging helps us ease into things. What if you were 19, and then all of a sudden turned 50, and then back to your twenties the next year? Now you know the future, but what do you do with it? So many emotions and interesting questions, but ultimately, "everything has its time."I was fortunate to receive an ARC of this gem from Flatiron Books via a goodreads giveaway. My opinions are my own.
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  • MaryBeth's Bookshelf
    January 1, 1970
    I wanted to love this book. Time travel is one of my favorite tropes so I was excited for a new spin. I loved the first half of the book, but quickly tired of Oona's negative attitude and horrible decision making skills. I'm clearly in the minority (which seems to be happening a lot lately) because people are loving this story. The ending was nice with a good message, but I didn't really get it until the end.
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  • Jeanette (Again)
    January 1, 1970
    4.5 starsIf you want to ruin your enjoyment of this book, go ahead and try to figure out the mechanics of how something like this could happen. You won't succeed, but go ahead. The analytical part of my brain wanted to twist and contort itself to puzzle out how Oona could have written letters to herself from years she hadn't yet jumped to. The story was so engaging that I was able to say, "Get thee behind me, literal brain!" I recommend you do the same. It's FUN and it's FICTION. Just let 4.5 starsIf you want to ruin your enjoyment of this book, go ahead and try to figure out the mechanics of how something like this could happen. You won't succeed, but go ahead. The analytical part of my brain wanted to twist and contort itself to puzzle out how Oona could have written letters to herself from years she hadn't yet jumped to. The story was so engaging that I was able to say, "Get thee behind me, literal brain!" I recommend you do the same. It's FUN and it's FICTION. Just let yourself sliiiiiide on into that world where time and physics are optional.I would not want to be Oona. Time travel would not be any fun if you had no control over when and where you landed with each leap. The way she gets and stays wealthy reminded me of another great time travel book called Replay by Ken Grimwood.This is another excellent option for escape reading. The only reason I didn't give it five stars is because I wanted more, more, more. I wanted Oona to land in at least three or four or five more out-of-order years. Would that have been too much of a good thing?
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  • Kristin (Always With a Book)
    January 1, 1970
    I may not in general be a fan of time travel books, but this one completely captured my heart and maybe it was Oona herself, but there is just something about this book that I loved. As soon as I heard about it, I knew I had to read it and I'm so glad I did. It's a quirky, thought-provoking tale that will stay with you long after you finish it.Would you be happy if you were to know all that is to come in your life? If you somehow knew everything that was going to happen, good and bad and maybe I may not in general be a fan of time travel books, but this one completely captured my heart and maybe it was Oona herself, but there is just something about this book that I loved. As soon as I heard about it, I knew I had to read it and I'm so glad I did. It's a quirky, thought-provoking tale that will stay with you long after you finish it.Would you be happy if you were to know all that is to come in your life? If you somehow knew everything that was going to happen, good and bad and maybe had the opportunity to alter it? This book is such good fodder for that as we travel with Oona back and forth in time each New Year's Day. I think one of the biggest takeaways of this book, at least for me, is that life is best lived when we take it moment by moment and not when we are always thinking about the next thing. Yes, there are times when life has hurt and not always gone the way I may have wanted, but that has only made me a stronger, better person. Life can't always be sunshine and rainbows. You have to weather the storms at times. This book will make you see that and I love it all the more for that. I will be recommending this book to everyone. And it is one that I know I will be rereading at some point just because I loved it so much. And oh how I would love more of Oona some day!Audio thoughts: This was a fantastic audio...I loved the way Brittany Pressley brought Oona alive in her narration. Her pacing and intonation was spot on and I thought she infused just the right amount of emotion and tension in her voice as was necessary. I thoroughly enjoyed this audio.Thank you to Libro.fm /Macmillan Audio for providing me with a free review copy!My reviews can also be found on my blog: http://alwayswithabook.blogspot.com/
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  • Aga Durka
    January 1, 1970
    Oona Out of Order was such a refreshing read for me. I dont usually enjoy time travel novels because I have a hard time understanding the science behind it, which in turn causes me to spend a lot of time and energy on trying to decipher how everything works. However, with this book, I decided to let go and fully immerse myself in the story without digging too deep into the time travel theme. Once I did that, the characters became so much more colorful and the plot was quite engaging. I loved Oona Out of Order was such a refreshing read for me. I don’t usually enjoy time travel novels because I have a hard time understanding the science behind it, which in turn causes me to spend a lot of time and energy on trying to decipher how everything works. However, with this book, I decided to let go and fully immerse myself in the story without digging too deep into the time travel theme. Once I did that, the characters became so much more colorful and the plot was quite engaging. I loved Oona's character and I felt so bad for her. My heart broke for her few times throughout the story and I just wanted to reach in and give her a huge hug. This is a story of love, loss, family and hope. I found the characters well developed and the writing captivating. I am looking forward to reading more books from this author.
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  • Rachel
    January 1, 1970
    Shed collect these good days, each one illuminated, and string them together until they glowed brightly in her memory like Christmas lights in a mirrored room.I wasnt sure what to expect going into this, but I loved it, and it had a perfectly uplifting message (which was frankly much needed right now). An interesting take on the importance of individual moments and the impermanence of time. I also liked how this was really less about romance and more about personal growth, family and She’d collect these good days, each one illuminated, and string them together until they glowed brightly in her memory like Christmas lights in a mirrored room.I wasn’t sure what to expect going into this, but I loved it, and it had a perfectly uplifting message (which was frankly much needed right now). An interesting take on the importance of individual moments and the impermanence of time. I also liked how this was really less about romance and more about personal growth, family and loss/appreciating however much time you get with people.
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  • Lata
    January 1, 1970
    I enjoyed parts of this story, but even those with some reservation. We're never given a reason for why Oona, out of billions of people on the planet, gets to experience her life all out of order. The mechanism for this situation is never considered or speculated about, as this is a story about relationships and choices, not technology. Instead, we see Oona make mistakes, despite warnings and advice she's left for herself in the form of letters to herself. The mistakes and her reasons for I enjoyed parts of this story, but even those with some reservation. We're never given a reason for why Oona, out of billions of people on the planet, gets to experience her life all out of order. The mechanism for this situation is never considered or speculated about, as this is a story about relationships and choices, not technology. Instead, we see Oona make mistakes, despite warnings and advice she's left for herself in the form of letters to herself. The mistakes and her reasons for seemingly repeated errors made me feel like she was on a big loop, though the author does not explicitly say so, and I frequently felt annoyed with Oona's behaviour and privilege.By the end of the book we see someone more at peace and confident in herself after her experiences, though I was left to assume that more time hopping was in store for her. But, despite feeling sympathetic to main character Oona's predicament, I did not feel as engaged by this story as I thought I would. I did not care about the protagonist as much as I think I was expected to.(My favourite (and best) parts of this story had little to do with the relationships. Rather, they were descriptions of the various investments Oona had planned out. It was a pleasure to read proper terminology used with respect to the transactions; for example, limit order, and stop loss.)
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  • readwithjamie
    January 1, 1970
    This book is one I would just call ok. It has been a big hype on Instagram, however I unfortunately never connected with the story nor the characters. Bummed because time travel and 80s/90s nostalgia had me SO eager to read this. Oonas 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. This book is one I would just call “ok”. It has been a big hype on Instagram, however I unfortunately never connected with the story nor the characters. Bummed because time travel and 80s/90s nostalgia had me SO eager to read this. 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.
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  • ABookwormWithWine
    January 1, 1970
    Oona Out of Order by Margarita Montimore wasn't exactly what I expected, and I love that about it!I listened to all of Oona Out of Order, and while I wish I would have had a physical copy in hand as well, it was still wonderful on audio and I loved the narrator, Brittany Pressley. I honestly would have rated this book a 5 but a couple times Oona's decisions just really irked me and there were a couple small things that didn't make sense to me as far as plausibility even within the world of this Oona Out of Order by Margarita Montimore wasn't exactly what I expected, and I love that about it!I listened to all of Oona Out of Order, and while I wish I would have had a physical copy in hand as well, it was still wonderful on audio and I loved the narrator, Brittany Pressley. I honestly would have rated this book a 5 but a couple times Oona's decisions just really irked me and there were a couple small things that didn't make sense to me as far as plausibility even within the world of this novel. I love that Oona Out of Order is something different from the norm and I really enjoyed the time travel aspect. There was so much depth and it was actually a bit of a tearjerker which I wasn't expecting. The concept and plot both really worked for me and it made for a very unique read. I would consider it a bit on the heavier side even though there are definitely a lot of lighter aspects and it did make me laugh out loud a few times. I really liked Oona and she was a strong, take-no-shit character which I appreciated. I love female leads that I want to be friends with and that was Oona all the way. The time jumps were both heartbreaking and exciting, and at times I almost got a 13 Going on 30 vibe (the movie with Jennifer Garner). There was so much to love about Oona Out of Order and if you are a fan of books about time travel I would definitely recommend checking it out.Song/s the book brought to mind: Memories by Maroon 5Final Thought: Oona Out of Order is perfect for someone looking for something different! It is such a creative novel and so much more than I expected it to be. The audio and narrator were wonderful, and I would highly recommend it. Prepare to tear up, laugh, and gasp out loud! There was also some steam which was an interesting surprise. I would love to read another book with Oona so hopefully there will be a sequel...?!Thank you to Libro.fm and the publisher for my advance listening copy. All opinions and thoughts are my own.
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  • Janelle | She Reads with Cats
    January 1, 1970
    Thank you Flatiron for my free copy. OONA OUT OF ORDER was such a sweet surprise. I like to alternate between my @librofm #audiobook and my physical copy and it worked out perfectly. Either way you decide to absorb this novel, you will love it. Time travel is such a sticky topic to write but Montimore does it seamlessly. And Oonas narrative is like nothing Ive read before.We start in 1982 on New Years Eve where Oona is about to turn nineteen at the stroke of midnight. She is on her way to make Thank you Flatiron for my free copy. OONA OUT OF ORDER was such a sweet surprise. I like to alternate between my @librofm #audiobook and my physical copy and it worked out perfectly. Either way you decide to absorb this novel, you will love it. Time travel is such a sticky topic to write but Montimore does it seamlessly. And Oona’s narrative is like nothing I’ve read before.We start in 1982 on New Year’s Eve where Oona is about to turn nineteen at the stroke of midnight. She is on her way to make life changing decisions. Oona is straddling the line of one of her biggest choices yet. Should she either go to London for her studies or stay in Brooklyn with her boyfriend to pursue music? But as midnight nears, Oona faints and wakes up thirty two years later in a life she doesn’t recognize. She soon realizes that every year she experiences a different age at random. Can you imagine living your life out of sequence? Experiencing all the same events OUT OF ORDER?I fell hard for this book. I love everything from the concept to the writing style to the characters. I want to be friends with Oona. She is witty, brave, smart, and flawed and I loved every bit of her. Oona is resilient and adapts to things like current slang, the latest technology, and things we take for granted now like the internet. I found myself waiting in suspense to see what part of her life she’d end up in next. This novel and Oona have my heart. Also, FYI, the audiobook narrator is fantastic. OONA OUT OF ORDER is poignant, unique, creative, clever, and heartwarming. READ IT.
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  • Myrna
    January 1, 1970
    Oona Out of Order is book about a woman experiencing the unsettling effects of time travel. Whats not to like? After all, some of my favorite shows/movies are time travel ones like The Lake House, Interstellar, Quantum Leap, Timeless, etc. although some of them confuse the heck out of me. LOL. Oonas story is filled with love, romance, loss, and fun pop culture. Shes not always a likable character but you feel for her each New Year since she doesnt know what to expect and neither does the Oona Out of Order is book about a woman experiencing the unsettling effects of time travel. What’s not to like? After all, some of my favorite shows/movies are time travel ones like The Lake House, Interstellar, Quantum Leap, Timeless, etc. although some of them confuse the heck out of me. LOL. Oona’s story is filled with love, romance, loss, and fun pop culture. She’s not always a likable character but you feel for her each New Year since she doesn’t know what to expect and neither does the reader. Not surprising for me anyway, there’s a confusing part :/ but that didn’t ruin my enjoyment of the story. The ending is perfect and this book shows what is important in a life. Finished it in a few days as it held my attention until the wee hours! Highly recommend this one if you suspend the scientific aspect and enjoy the adventure. 4.5★s
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  • Stephanie
    January 1, 1970
    I feel like there are no words to adequately describe this book. I can't do the plot justice, I can't do the premise justice, and I certainly can't do my feelings justice.So I will just say this. I LOVED THIS BOOK. It was utter perfection. I turned the last pages with tears on my face and my heart in my throat. I could have read hundreds and hundreds more pages of Oona's story. I wanted to read about every single year of her life and I mourned the end of the book.Just read it. I don't want to I feel like there are no words to adequately describe this book. I can't do the plot justice, I can't do the premise justice, and I certainly can't do my feelings justice.So I will just say this. I LOVED THIS BOOK. It was utter perfection. I turned the last pages with tears on my face and my heart in my throat. I could have read hundreds and hundreds more pages of Oona's story. I wanted to read about every single year of her life and I mourned the end of the book.Just read it. I don't want to spoil a single thing...so just read it.
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