Oona Out of Order by Margarita Montimore
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.