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Oona Out of Order by Margarita Montimore [in Library Journal]

On the eve of her 19th birthday – which is also New Year’s Eve – Oona is having the celebration of her life, madly in love, about to embark on a dream-come-true band tour. But when she awakes, she’s jumped forward in time to 2015 – landing in a huge house and watched over by her personal assistant, Kenzie, who must convince her (again) of what is actually happening. Shock and denial must settle into acceptance that every New Year will begin with her life out of order. Her only constants are her free-spirted mother, Madeleine, and Kenzie, who might prove to be Oona’s most important link of all.

Skilled, sensitive narrator Brittany Pressley nimbly ages every which way with Margarita Montimore’s (Asleep from Day) chronologically challenged protagonist. Pressley is marvelous as discombobulated Oona, few-holds-barred but supportive Madeleine, and clever and sparkling Kenzie, but she’s just as affecting with the rest of Montimore’s vast cast – including too-close-to-perfect Dale, skeezy British wannabe chef Edward, smugly manipulative Francesca, and fiercely controlled adoptive mother Shivani. Thank Pressley for this thought-provoking, aurally enhanced entertainment for broad audiences.

Review: modified from “Audio,” Library Journal, June 1, 2020

Readers: Adult

Published: 2020


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