Review: The One-In-A-Million Boy

April 3, 2016 in Book Reviews, General fiction

I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Review: The One-In-A-Million BoyThe One-in-a-Million Boy by Monica Wood
Published by Headline on 5th April 2016
Genres: Contemporary
Format: ARC
Source: Publisher
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four-half-stars

A one-in-a-million story for anyone who loves to laugh, cry, and think about how extraordinary ordinary life can be. Not to be missed by readers who loved THE UNLIKELY PILGRIMAGE OF HAROLD FRY, ELIZABETH IS MISSING or THE SHOCK OF THE FALL.

Miss Ona Vitkus has - aside from three months in the summer of 1914 - lived unobtrusively, her secrets fiercely protected.

The boy, with his passion for world records, changes all that. He is eleven. She is one hundred and four years, one hundred and thirty three days old (they are counting). And he makes her feel like she might be really special after all. Better late than never...

Only it's been two weeks now since he last visited, and she's starting to think he's not so different from all the rest.

Then the boy's father comes, for some reason determined to finish his son's good deed. And Ona must show this new stranger that not only are there odd jobs to be done, but a life's ambition to complete . . .

I’m not quite sure how to explain this story, but here goes! A young boy scout has been visiting Miss Ona Vitkus for weeks. He has been doing chores for her, as well as recording an interview with the 104 year old lady. He’s obsessed with Guinness World Records and together they hatch a plan to get her into the record books.

Then one day he doesn’t appear, in his place is his father Quinn. Quinn is a musician who has barely been in his son’s life, but when the boy dies suddenly Quinn agrees to finish the boy’s weekly chores with Ona.

What follows is the building of a relationship between strangers. Strangers who become friends because of a deceased, special young boy.

You know the film Up? I can’t watch the start of that film, it makes me cry too much. Well, in that film the boy scout calls upon a grumpy old man and eventually they become friends. That’s what I was reminded of with this book.

Except there’s no floating houses in this book. There is grief, loneliness and regret. However there’s also love, family and friendship. It’s a story that will tug at your heart. It will make you wonder about that elderly neighbour down the street. It might even prompt you to visit her too.

I shall tell you no more. Read it.

four-half-stars