8th March 2020
For fans of THE TIME TRAVELLER’S WIFE, ETERNAL SUNSHINE OF THE SPOTLESS MIND and HOW TO STOP TIME, meet Oona: every year, at the stroke of midnight on New Year’s Eve, she wakes up in a different year of her life, never knowing how old she’ll be on the outside…
What would you do if you woke up thirty years older than you were yesterday?
Brooklyn, 1982. Oona Lockhart and her boyfriend are about to ring in the New Year and Oona’s 19th birthday. But seconds after the New Year begins, Oona is torn from her life and everyone she loves, finding herself in her fifty-one-year-old body thirty-three years into the future. The life she had is gone, and all she is a letter from herself from the previous year to guide her.
Each year on the stroke of midnight she finds herself resurfacing in a different year of her own adulthood. Still a young woman on the inside, but ever changing on the outside, who will she be next year? Wealthy philanthropist? Club kid? World traveller? Wife to a man she’s never met?
The Rearranged Life of Oona Lockhart is an uplifting joyride through an ever-changing world that shows us what it means to accept your fate and truly live in the moment.
Praise for Margarita Montimore
‘A fascinating, ambitious Rubix Cube of a novel. This clever time-jumping debut may be a wild ride through pop culture but is ultimately a tender coming of age. Great book club read!’ – Georgia Clark, author of The Bucket List
‘A delightfully freewheeling romp’ Booklist (starred review)
Modern, emotional, funny, ferocious, and spun with enough light and magic to fire up the Vegas strip . . . lands like a meteor.’ – Adriana Trigiani, author Tony’s Wife
The premise of this book is a young woman who every year at the stroke of midnight on December 31st, wakes up into a different year of her life. She can wake up in the future or the past and has to live her life for that year without any choice. The first time she jumps she goes from her 19 year old body to her 51 year old body but mentally she is only 20 and does not have any recollection of the skipped years.
I really enjoyed seeing the flip between years, the way her opinion changed as she got older and the and the cruel twists of fate that sneak up on you like nasty ninjas.
I thought it was written really well and it had helpful pages between chapters that had the year she had skipped to with her physical age/mental age to help you keep track. There is also a clever use of music throughout the book to help the reader really throw back to the time she is describing and adds a nostalgic element.
I thought this book was brilliant, I haven’t read many time travel books but I feel like now I might and if Montimore wants to right a sequel where we see more of Oona’s jumps I would be all over that!!
Thanks to @Tr4cyF3nt0n and @orionbooks
MARGARITA MONTIMORE has a BFA in Creative Writing from Emerson College. She worked for over a decade in publishing and social media before deciding to focus on the writing dream full-time. She has blogged for Marvel, Google, Quirk Books, and XOJane.com. When not writing, she freelances as a book coach and editor. She grew up in Brooklyn but currently lives in New Jersey with her husband and their dog.