As you might have guessed, I’m making my way through my list of books read this year and – as well as feeling pretty good/surprised about finding the time to read so much – actually posting reviews on them. This means I have to cast my mind way back to the end of February (which is a challenge, considering I can barely remember what I had for tea at the best of times never mind what I thought of a book!) for this one: The Rearranged Life of Oona Lockhart.
What would you do if you woke up 30 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 51-year-old body 33 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 Lockhartis an uplifting joyride through an ever-changing world that shows us what it means to accept your fate and truly live in the moment.
I picked this book up on a whim what feels like ages ago (and probably was!) based on the fact that, aside from a good old fashioned romance, I really enjoy narratives around time travel or just the general sense of time being messed with and altered.
Based on that alone, my interest was peaked as we joined Oona on what proves to be a very unforgettable New Year/birthday (and not for the reason you might anticipate). From the first chapter onwards, we join Oona as she adjusts to an odd set of circumstances indeed.
Unfortunately, I wasn’t entirely won over by this book. Oona might start out as an eighteen/nineteen year old girl and flip from age to age but I don’t really feel like she changed all that much, aside from appearance wise. I kind of felt like I was reading about a teenager dressing up in their parents shoes and clothes but that might just be something to do with the fact that I also may or may not have grown out of my teenage ways (you can decide that for yourselves!).
I think this book isn’t a bad book. It’s written well and the premise is unlike most I’ve read but I just didn’t vibe with Oona as much as I wanted to.
You can buy this book here.