Drama

The Rearranged Life of Oona Lockhart by Margarita Montimore

On a completely unrelated note to the rest of the review, it is strange how many books I am getting approved on NetGalley of late. Previously I would request a ton and only get half the books, and now that that has changed I need to vet my requests because my lists are out of control!!

This book has an exciting premise. The plotline is described in the blurb itself, from her nineteenth birthday, Oona will be experiencing a different time of her life for a year. Since this is mentioned right off the bat, her first leap is not much of a surprise.

Although Oona is a very realistic character who agonizes over the process in her first two jumps, she gets more used to the process, and we get to see more later. Frankly speaking, I would have loved it if this was split into multiple books each going through a different phase of her life since each time she is at odds with the age of her actual body and out of sync with her surroundings. It provides a fascinating background to work with. Time travel will get to face the age-old question of what comes first: the act or the result since the knowledge of the result incites the act. I found it hard to bond with every new Oona and given more time with each, I would have gotten there. It is an interesting concept and would play well into discussions in book clubs about what we learn at every stage of our lives and what we take with us and what we leave behind.

We see New York at different times of Oona’s life, and as she tests the rules of her out of order life, she has help from the most unexpected quarters along the way.

Although I liked the book, I struggled with reading parts of it or completely being invested emotionally. I would recommend it to those people who are on the lookout for a different type of coming-of-age storyline.

I received an ARC thanks to NetGalley and the publishers, but the review is entirely based on my own reading experience.

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