Oona Lockhart’s birthday is on January first, but she celebrates her birthdays a little bit differently than you and me. On New Year’s of Oona’s 19th birthday, she travels through time and wakes up in her fifty-one year old body with no memory of how she got there. This leads to many years of traveling to different years of her life and Oona discovers her timeline in a way that no one ever will.
I enjoyed this book a lot, but I did not know how dark it was going to be! From the cover and the synobisis of the book, I thought it was going to be a little quirky and funny, but it SO WASN’T. It was very sad and I felt so bad for Oona the entire book. Don’t get me wrong, I really liked it, but it was not what I was expecting at ALL!
Let me explain! Maybe it was due to the fact that I had just finished a romantic comedy that had a similar theme of time travel that made my initial opinion of the book surprised and sad. It also could be perhaps that this book took a more realistic approach to what traveling between your ages in your life could really be like. I mean we all want to be able to become adults when we are teenagers and teenagers when we are adults, but when we see Oona actual get to do that, it is NOT a pretty picture. She is alway scrambling to catch up on the things she missed, not just in her life, but also in the world’s culture of the time too. She also has no control of when she will going to next so it’s honestly a clusterf**k, and I don’t know how she doesn’t just crawl in a hole and just stay there.
Oona is also a very interesting character and the age she starts traveling makes the plot a unique twist to what I was expecting. At 19, Oona is at a crossroads between doing something that she is supposed to do and doing something she wants to do, like everyone at the age of 19. However, unlike most teenagers, she is receiving pressures from her friends rather than her parents, which was a twist I wasn’t predicting at all. You also didn’t get the whole picture of her predicament until the end of the novel so that was a great trick the author incorporated to keep you guessing and interesting in reading more. She also travels to ages that you wouldn’t expect and goes through life situations that really throw you into a tailspin.
The author’s writing and very “out of order,” timeline really put you into the character’s eccentric shoes and made you experience every delight and fright that the character went through. I actually shouted about one of the plot twists at one point and scared my husband. I think I said, “WHAT?! I was NOT expecting THAT!” If you read the book, I think you know what I’m talking about….. Each time change of the novel, made me feel actually pulled like taffy and worried about what was going to happen next.
Like I said, the plot of this book was just so dark and sad, that I found myself crying for Oona at points or getting really upset about her choices. The fact that she was older on the outside, but young on the inside caused her to make mistakes that were just SO cringeworthy! I also felt bad that due to her circumstances, she was only able to really maintain a real honest and true relationship with her mother. Her mother made me so upset and I wanted to hit her most of the time. I mean she wasn’t a bad person, but Oona deserved a lot better and sometimes you just need your mom, not a mom that tries to act like your best friend!
Overall, this was book was just so creative and like nothing I have ever read before. I can’t wait for the sequel!
My Book Rating
5/5 Book World
Oona Out of Order by Margarita Montimore
Published on February 25, 2020 by Flatiron Books
Copy Read: Hardcover