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?
I adore time travel/slip books and movies. The time travellers wife, About time, The age of Adaline, All our wrong todays, The psychology of time travel. You name it I’ve read it/watched it and loved it, if I haven’t then give me your recs. So I jumped at the chance to read this and was swept straight into the life of Oona.
It starts at a party, both New Years and Oona’s 19th birthday. At the strike of midnight Oona travels in time to land in the body of herself at different ages and in no order (hence the title), then has to live that year until the next birthday when it happens again. From the early eighties to 2015 and with some fantastic music references (especially for us 80’s teenagers) one minute she is 19 and then she is 50. Now I know what I was like at 19 and I would be horrified, now at nearly 47 reading this made me look at it slightly differently to how I perhaps would have read it when I was younger.
There is something to be said about the not knowing, as the old saying goes “ignorance is bliss”. So to have the knowledge of all that will happen to you and the possibility of changing it. Would you? I personally wouldn’t change a thing as I think our experiences good and bad shape us into who we are.
Oona leaves herself a letter for each time jump and having invested wisely in stocks and shares finances aren’t an issue. There are a few minor inconsistencies but it certainly didn’t spoil my enjoyment. Suspend your disbelief and just enjoy the adventure. The characters are fun especially Oona’s mother, the story is creative and different and the writing is top notch.
The ending was perfect and this book is a heartfelt lesson on what is really important in a life that is unpredictable.
About the author
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.
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