Oona Out of Order

Oona Out of Order

by Margarita Montimore


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"With its countless epiphanies and surprises, 'Oona' proves difficult to put down." —USA Today

"Reminiscent of Liane Moriarty’s What Alice Forgot and Kate Atkinson’s Life After Life, Oona Out of Order is a delightfully freewheeling romp.” —Booklist (starred review)

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781250236609
Publisher: Flatiron Books
Publication date: 02/25/2020
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 83
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 9.50(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

After receiving a BFA in Creative Writing from Emerson College, Margarita Montimore worked for over a decade in publishing and social media before deciding to focus on the writing dream full-time. The author of Asleep from Day and Oona Out of Order, she lives in New Jersey with her husband and dog.

Customer Reviews

Oona Out of Order 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
Arbie Vasos 7 days ago
5 stars
diane92345 19 days ago
In Oona Out of Order, Oona lives “her life like an M.C. Escher drawing, years like staircases turning in on themselves to form a tangible but implausible whole.” Beginning on her nineteenth birthday New Year’s Day in 1982, Oona jumps forward or backwards on her own life’s timeline. For example when she jumps from 18 to 51, her body aches and her wrinkles surprise her when she looks into the mirror. Despite leaving letters to her future self, Oona leaves both the best and worst moments as surprises for herself each year. Only two other people know about her affliction-her mom and Kenzie, her assistant. I adore this heartfelt tale of a woman forced to live her life one moment at a time. Oona Out of Order has humor, pathos, and human frailties aplenty. It is highly recommended for literary and women’s fiction readers. 5 stars! Thanks to Flatiron Books and NetGalley for a copy in exchange for my honest review.
lizziekaminski 1 days ago
It's a book you can't put down.
erinevelynreads 2 days ago
Oona Out of Order was a wild ride. It opens on New Years Eve to Oona Lockhart, on the eve of her nineteenth birthday. When the clock strikes twelve, she is somehow transported into her fifty-one-year-old self, thirty years in the future. Here she learns that every year at midnight on New Years Eve, she will be transported to another year of her life at random, and there’s nothing she can do to stop it. As she jumps through time, Oona finds love, heart-break, and self-discovery as learns what’s truly important. This book sucker punched me…more than once. Without giving too much away, as the story progresses and truths are revealed, you come to feel more and more for Oona, her situation, and the other people impacted. At one point I actually dropped the book in shock as it’s revealed how something played out earlier on in Oona’s life. It’s challenging to review this without inadvertently revealing spoilers. The story is so layered that you don’t even realize until the end how it all brilliantly fits together. It’s a true gem in that it’s original, but also has such a deep familiar feeling. In way it reminded me a bit of Daisy Jones and the Six, probably because of the music references. It’s a brilliant story, one that deserves to be read and indulged.
readsandreviews 13 days ago
There's very little that I didn't love about Oona Out of Order. It's original and emotional and a book that I won't quickly get over. I could honestly talk about the book for days without end, but it would be so hard to do so without spoiling the reader. It was easy to see myself in Oona. Feeling so young but seeing an old(er) person in the mirror. The melancholy that follows you throughout life as you move onto something new. Failed relationships that leave a mark. How our mother is our mother no matter how old (or young) we are. It was clear, that regardless of time travel, we will face the things that Oona faced, though not out of order. Of course there are also moments that only a time traveler could experience which lent a bit of science fiction to the story. I definitely recommend Oona Out of Order!
MandaLuvsToRead 14 days ago
Absolutely loved this book. The closest thing I can compare it to is The Time Traveler's Wife. Like TTW, it broke my heart a few times. I only wish I had seen more of Oona's leaps in time before the book ended.
Anonymous 19 days ago
Its New Years Eve and Oona is about to turn 20. The clock strikes midnight and Oona is suddenly….51? This is when Oona finds out that she lives her life out of order. Every New Years at the stroke of midnight much like the rest of the world, Oona moves into a new year. Except for Oona, it’s not the next year. She could go from 20 to 51, to 30, and so on and so forth. Though she is older on the outside, Oona is still young at heart and learning to navigate her new normal. OMG this book. I’ve recently been finding that a lot of books are becoming a bit predictable. You know what I mean….Wife (she’s crazy)+husband (because gaslighting)=murder or some other crazy storyline. This book was such a unique idea and story and I AM ALL FOR IT! The day I began this one started with me dnf’ing two books. I was hoping this one would make up for them and it did not disappoint! I stayed up WAY too late reading this book because I could not put it down. I absolutely loved Oona and her story. The characters were fabulous, the story was unique and amazing, and it kept me wanting more. What more could one ask for from a book? This is definitely one of my favorite recent reads! If this one is not on your radar, you need to fix that ASAP!
Cherylkochbooks 24 days ago
I have been seeing this book around the internet. I had to check it out. The concept for this book is fun. As I was reading this book, I was imagining myself in Oona's shoes. What would my life look like years in the future or what advice would I give my younger self. Oona's life was a bit crazy, humorous, sad, and happy. I liked Oona and the humor that this story provided. Yet, it was not always the case. After a while, I actually found myself losing concentration with the book due to the fact that it was kind of the same story just different time and different Oona. The other characters did not jive with me. If they had, this would have helped. Although, I am glad I did check out this book as I would try another one by this author.
Jessica LaBrie 26 days ago
An entertaining, interesting storyline that held my interest the entire way through. Appealing to women of many ages!
eom3 26 days ago
I couldn't put it down. You won't be disappointed.
Nursebookie 28 days ago
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!!
Anonymous 3 months ago
Oona Out of Order could have been a kitschy, shallow time travel romp of a story. But Margarita Montimore wove themes of heartbreak and family into it, giving it depth and staying power. Even though I finished this book in December, I had to think about my review and dwelled on the book for 2 months. It'll stick with you in a good way. If you love time travel stories, fish-out-of-water humor, family drama, and uplifting character journeys, you'll enjoy Oona Out of Order. I'm excited to see Montimore's future work thanks to this book. Thanks to NetGalley and Flatiron Books for providing an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
wordsandbooksandthings 3 months ago
Oona Lockhart was born on New Year’s Day. Every year, after she celebrates the New Year, she and her family and friends celebrate her birthday. In 1982, she was 18, and her life stretched out in front of her. She was in college, but she was faced with other opportunities. She could travel with her boyfriend and their band, opening on a tour and seeing where that takes us. Or she can go to Europe, to study economics in London with her childhood best friend. But before she can do either, or even blow out the candles on her birthday cake, she is gone. Suddenly and without warning, Oona wakes up in 2015 and finds that while she is still only 19 on the inside, on the outside, she is 51. This is the first of her leaps, and her mother and her assistant Kenzie explain to her, along with a letter from 2014 Oona, that she has a strange condition where she moves in time every year. She will still experience all of the years of her adult life. She just experiences them out of order. The good news is that at some point she pays attention to what happens in the stock market through the years and an Oona who experiences a later year writes a bunch of that down for an Oona from an earlier year, so she is rich beyond her wildest dreams. But suddenly being 51, in a life far away from her friends and her boyfriend Dale, the love of her young life, is incredibly difficult for Oona. She spends 2015 isolated, lonely, and grieving for the life she lost. But soon enough it is the end of the year, and she is once again off in time. As she makes these leaps, the most important moments of her life become that much more significant. Her losses feel more painful, but her choices have more wisdom. She finds that she can’t change her fate, or the fate of anyone else (although she does drop a few choice stock tips here and there), so she learns to accept what happens to her and just enjoy the moment she finds herself in. She focuses on a handful of relationships that are most important to her, and spends her time living life to the fullest, whether that means clubbing with friends at 27, spending a year traveling the world by herself, or finally following her passion and learning to play the guitar. Oona Out of Order by Margarita Montimore starts out as a lovely story about a woman experiencing her life in a way that none of us can. But as it goes on, it’s more than just a great novel. It’s a powerful look at the meaning of life, at the meaning we choose for our lives and how we choose to spend our time and energy. We can’t control what happens to us in life, but like Oona, we can learn to make the best of each moment and hang on to those who matter to us, year after year. I truly loved this book, and I strongly recommend it to anyone wanting to live better, love more, and get the most out of this boring chronological life we’re all blessed with. Galleys for Oona Out of Order were provided by Flatiron Books through an Instagram giveaway, with many thanks. So many thanks, actually, because I truly loved this book!
AmyM43 3 months ago
New Year's Eve 1982 and 18 (soon to be 19) year old Oona Lockhart's life is just beginning. She's in love with her boyfriend, Dale, and their band is making great music and even toying with going on tour in the summer. She's not so sure about school. She's been offered a wonderful opportunity to study in London, but doesn't want to let Dale and the band down. But everything changes once the clock strikes midnight and Oona passes out. When she awakens she finds herself in her 51 year old body living in 2015. Oona quickly learns that she's been experiencing her life "out of order". Every New Year's at Midnight she wakes up in a different year, a different age on the outside, but still progressing at the same age on the inside. She's left herself letters about what to expect in each year and certain guidelines (no mentioning social media in the early 90's please) without giving too much away. Oona experiences what we all do: heartbreak, love, loss, gain, happiness, she develops constants in her life, she just does out of order never knowing where or when she'll end up next. Oona Out of Order takes an interesting spin on the time-travel trope in that there's not a lot of focus on the why instead choosing to focus how someone (in this case the titular Oona) lives. For the most part I felt like Margarita Montimore handles the mechanics of time travel pretty well. I thought she brought an interesting perspective to each jump in seeing the advancements or retrogression of things like pop culture, fashion, and technology, or just the state of the world in general in any given time. I will say that the jumps weren't so far apart that changes were dramatic, but regardless seeing the advancements from, for example, 2004 to 2015 was interesting. However, if I sit and actually think too much about it, I started having way too many questions, which would open a hole to more questions and quandaries. I had to remind myself while reading to go with the flow of things like Oona does. I was impressed that even when Oona would wake up in a time in which has been influenced (or will be influenced) by another time, there were still opportunities and moments of surprise. I think that Margarita Montimore did a wonderful job making the surprised appear so natural and not entirely expected, but also not pulled out of thin air in order to keep readers on their toes. Montimore touches on the idea of fate being malleable, but mainly, as I stated, it's about how Oona chooses to live each year with whatever information she has - or doesn't have - going in. In this case I think the story speaks a lot more about how we live our own lives (those of us whose time continuity is not disrupted of course) and that sometimes there's comfort in knowing what will happen even if there's nothing you can do to change the outcome. That sometimes the idea of changing something that might have bigger repercussions later, is more scary than jumping into the unknown. It's a surprising story and wasn't exactly what I expected when going in, but I enjoyed it immensely. I would have liked to see a few more touchstones for Oona throughout her time jumps. There are a couple of key people she counts on, and I realize telling a lot of people you're a time traveler might not elicit someone's confidence in you therefore one of the reasons why Oona is more of a solitary figure, but I would have liked to see more frequent appearances of friends over the years even just in passin