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The Rearranged Life of Oona Lockhart by Margarita Montimore

kbrazil2114's review against another edition

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5.0

One of the greatest books I've read. Filled with all of life's ups and downs but through the lense of an 18 year old who doesn't quite understand life yet. It makes you laugh, cry, and stop breathing all at once.

brianne_k's review against another edition

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4.0

*4/5*

marshmallowbooks's review against another edition

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emotional reflective medium-paced
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes

4.5

 
What would you do if you woke up on your 19th birthday as your 51 year-old-self?? 
 
19 on the inside; 51 on the outside … with only the memories, experience, and context of your inside age? 
 
Thus begins Oona’s life of annual birthday jumps (coincidentally her birthday is Jan 1, so each NYE countdown comes with much more trepidation than for the average person). Without knowing what year she’ll be in next, and entirely unsure of why it’s happening, Oona lives her life out of order. 
 
I really liked the premise, and a lot of the story (illicit drug use does not sit well with me, even fictionally). I would also love to read even a chapter or a short story from the perpsective of one of the very few people in Oona’s life who are also aware of her condition and stand by to help her navigate each jump. 
 
Overall, I liked that this book left me with a mindset of thinking about what I have - items, experiences, memories, time - a little differently and with a new appreciation. 

calliemish90's review against another edition

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funny hopeful lighthearted fast-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? No
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

4.25

selfiegrandpa's review against another edition

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adventurous reflective medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? It's complicated
  • Diverse cast of characters? N/A
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? It's complicated

2.25

I really started out enjoying this book and the whole concept of living life out of chronological order. However, about halfway through it did start to feel somewhat repetitive. Every year leap felt as if it was just hitting the same beats, rinse and repeat. Oona is a reasonably likable character, but omg does she have her moments where I wanted to put the book down. 

I think this book gets the job done. 

sammy6738's review against another edition

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adventurous challenging dark emotional funny hopeful mysterious reflective sad tense medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

4.75

kylajfountain's review against another edition

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  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? No
  • Loveable characters? No
  • Diverse cast of characters? It's complicated

2.0

vespertillio's review against another edition

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3.0

Good palate cleanser, nothing revolutionary

sheesus's review against another edition

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adventurous reflective fast-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? It's complicated
  • Loveable characters? It's complicated
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes

4.0

ktierney's review against another edition

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adventurous hopeful lighthearted medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? No
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? It's complicated

4.5