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Southern indie booksellers are buzzing about: Oona Out of Order by Margarita Montimore
Flatiron Books | List Price: $26.99.

Bookmarks, Winston-Salem, NC

Oona Out of Order was an incredible, heart warming surprise, one that I do not regret staying up late to finish all in one go. Oona turns 19 and ends up years in the future in her 52 year old body and life, and then the next year she jumps to another, then another. Her mind aging normally, her body differently. She's forced to realize that nothing is in her control, and just because she knows what's to come, it doesn't mean that she can change it. It's terrifying, and full of hope at the same time. Warm and funny, everything anyone could want in a book. Readers of general fiction and sci-fi alike will delight at Oona Out of Order, left to wonder how no one has considered time travel in this way before and how no one will be able to do it as wonderfully as Montimore has.

Fiction Addiction, Greenville, SC

On her 19th birthday, Oona discovers that she will not live her adult life chronologically. At the stroke of midnight each January 1st, she time-hops in her life to different years -- from 1982 to 2015 to 1991, and back and forth, never knowing when she'll end up or how old her body will be or what will change or stay the same throughout the years. A compelling read that shows how love, connection, and family tie people together and create a life worth living, despite the intransigence of time.

Fountain Bookstore, Richmond, VA

I love love loved this story! Oona is an unwilling time traveler who wakes up in a different year of her life every January first, 12:01am. With only the notes she leaves herself to go by (plus a little help from her mom), she must navigate being tossed into the middle of situations blind and figure out how to move forward. This book explores how we change from year to year and minute to minute, and teaches us that what we want is fluid, and that's OK. I cannot recommend this enough.