Oona Out of Order

Margarita Montimore

fiction magical realism psychology
adventurous emotional medium-paced

352 pages | first published 2020

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.

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emotional 68%
reflective 54%
adventurous 39%
hopeful 33%
lighthearted 26%
funny 24%
mysterious 19%
inspiring 16%
sad 11%
challenging 7%
dark 2%
relaxing 2%
tense 2%


medium 63%
fast 23%
slow 13%

Plot- or character-driven?

Character: 45% | A mix: 43% | Plot: 10%

Strong character development?

Yes: 74% | No: 13% | It's complicated: 12%

Loveable characters?

Yes: 60% | It's complicated: 22% | No: 15% | N/A: 0%

Diverse cast of characters?

Yes: 44% | No: 42% | It's complicated: 9% | N/A: 3%

Flaws of characters a main focus?

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