The story of your life never starts at the beginning. Don’t they teach you anything at school?
So says 104-year-old Ona to the 11-year-old boy who’s been sent to help her out every Saturday morning. As he refills the bird feeders and tidies the garden shed, Ona tells him about her long life, from first love to second chances. Soon she’s confessing secrets she has kept hidden for decades.
One Saturday, the boy doesn’t show up. Ona starts to think he’s not so special after all, but then his father arrives on her doorstep, determined to finish his son’s good deed. The boy’s mother is not so far behind. Ona is set to discover that the world can surprise us at any age, and that sometimes sharing a loss is the only way to find ourselves again.
I loved this book! That is my review! Loved it! Everyone needs to read this! Everyone! Men. Women. Children. Okay, maybe not children, but everyone else! And I kinda sorta lied, I am going to give you more of a review because I just love this book so much I have to share!
I am really bad about picking up books because of their cover, and if I would’ve seen this book in a bookstore I would’ve walked on by. The cover is not the most appealing, but the reviews were so good that I just had to read it! Do you listen to podcasts? Well, I listen to What Should I Read Next with Anne Bogel, aka Modern Mrs. Darcy, and she was recommending this book to everyone! She couldn’t sing it’s praises enough. I had to have it!
Have you ever wished you could be a fly on the wall during someone else’s conversation? That is how I felt when the Boy was interviewing Ona for his school project. It was so cute, because he didn’t want his voice on the tape recordings, but the way these interviews are written you can hear him. It is so hard to explain, but believe me you can. She answers his questions, and ends up confessing secrets to him that she hadn’t shared with anyone else. He encouraged her! She grew because of him. She is in the Guinness Book of World Records because of him!
I realize that I am writing about them like these characters are real life people. I loved these characters so much that they became real in my mind. I think they will for you too!
The One-in-a-Million Boy is a character study. Each character grows in this beautifully written novel. It is a hopeful story that reminds you to keep living; whether you are 11 years old, or 104 years old. Keep living, learning, and setting goals to strive for. It is a heartwarming, sweet story about life and friendship, that is easy to read.
Read this book! I cannot stress this enough, you need this book in your life!