Tuesday, August 11, 2020

Review - The Rearranged Life of Oona Lockhart by Margarita Montimore


Title: The Rearranged Life of Oona Lockhart

Author: Margarita Montimore

Pages: 336

Publisher: Gollancz

Release Date: 27th February 2020



Blurb from Goodreads: 


If you knew your future, would you change your past?

Brooklyn, 1982. Oona Lockhart is about to celebrate her 19th birthday and ring in the New Year. But at the stroke of midnight, she is torn from her friends and boyfriend, finding herself in her fifty-one-year-old body, thirty-two years into the future.

Greeted by a friendly stranger, Oona learns that on every birthday she will enter a different year of her adult life at random. Still a young woman on the inside, but ever changing on the outside, who will she be next year? Wealthy philanthropist? Nineties Club Kid? World traveller? Wife to a man she's never met?

While Oona gets glimpses of the future and thinks she knows what's to come, living a normal life is challenging. As she struggles between fighting her fate and accepting it, Oona must learn to navigate a life that's out of order - but is it broken?

Margarita Montimore's whip-smart debut is an uplifting joyride through an ever-changing world that shows us the endurance of love, the timelessness of family and what it means to truly live in the moment.

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My Review:

*I received an eARC of this book in exchange for an honest review. Thanks to Orion Publishing Group and NetGalley*

On New Year's Eve 1982, Oona Lockhart is at a party counting down to the New Year and her birthday the next day.

But when the clock strikes twelve, Oona is no longer at the party with her boyfriend and friends - instead Oona is somehow in the future in a version of her body that is fifty-one-years-old.

A stranger is with Oona and she discovers that she will live her life out of order - one year she could be in her twenties and the next year in her forties.

Young on the inside but decades older on the outside, Oona struggles to accept her unpredictable and unstable life.

Will Oona try to change her timeline with what she learns throughout the years?

Can she be happy knowing what is to come?

When I heard about this book it was the time travel aspect that intrigued me, and while I didn't end up loving this, I did enjoy it.

Oona was a relatable protagonist and it was interesting to see how she reacted to the situations she was put in. I thought that Oona coped rather well all things considered.

Kenzie was a character I really liked and I also liked Oona's mum.

The plot was enjoyable and held my attention, but I wasn't gripped and did find myself starting to lose interest a little at the end, so I was happy with the length of the book. There was a plot twist that I didn't guess and I did find the different leaps interesting. However, because each chapter was a year in Oona's life it sometimes felt like Oona didn't really do much and we were told what she did instead. I can understand why this was the case though, as a year is a long time.

The writing style was easy to follow and I read the book pretty quickly.

I am a bit disappointed that I didn't enjoy this more, and I'm not sure it quite reached its potential for me, but it was still an enjoyable read.

Overall, this was an enjoyable read.


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