The One-in-a-Million Boy

The One-in-a-Million Boy

Book - 2017
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After his eleven-year-old son dies, guitarist Quinn Porter does yard work for an aged Lithuanian immigrant, Ona Vitkus, whom his son had often visited and comes to a resolution about his son's death as Ona discusses his son's capacity to listen and learn.
Publisher: New York, NY : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2017.
ISBN: 9780544947214
0544947215
Branch Call Number: Fic
Characteristics: ix, 326 pages ; 21 cm.

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paula_wagenerlutz
Jun 02, 2019

This book is a lovely read, full of complex characters. I appreciated the taped interview pieces particularly. A delight!

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feralranger
Mar 13, 2019

This is not a spoiler as you learn right away that an 11 year old boy dies, but what you also learn is how his death brings together a circle of people who loved him. They learn to heal and honor his life and in doing so honor their own lives.
It is a wonderful story of back-stories including the boy's best friend, a 104 year old woman who with his help was hoping to break a Guinness world record and help him earn a scout badge.
A good story of grief, regret and forgiveness.

You think you are getting a light, ‘fast read’ kind of book when you first pick this one up, especially at the start, but once you get into it, the themes that emerge can be thought provoking. Loss is the main premise and the author gives it to us in many angles, of a child, a parent, a marriage. Even if you think this description sounds depressing, I feel Monica Wood has handled all of this with a gentle hand and humour. This book was recommended to me and I’m definitely going to recommend it to others. (Submitted by Renee)

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bibliomum
Apr 27, 2017

I loved the context of this book. A great story. I gave it a 3 because it was definitely not a quick read for me.

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becker
Mar 15, 2017

Great dialogue and highly likeable characters make this a heart warming cozy read.

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nancyau12
Jan 21, 2017

Highly recommended to me by Pat from Bookclub. She said I would love this book

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fadzie
Oct 21, 2016

Such a beautiful story. Believable, likeable characters taking the reader through their stories - love, loss, redemption - connecting just by living the day to day and being human. So sad but also hopeful and inspiring.

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mishw
Oct 09, 2016

I loved the way this book was written. An easy flowing read. Funny and sad. I didn't want it to finish as the characters were people like you knew or wanted to know.

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sasie
Sep 21, 2016

Absolutely wonderful, heart warming, fabulous story.

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Reads_A_Lot
May 28, 2016

A lovely story of how the loss of a special little boy brings people from different walks of life together. Similar story style to A Man Called Ove and The Universe Versus Alex Woods. 104 year old Ona is a great character. Seeing Quinn grow as a friend and a human being through his relationship with Ona is heartwarming. I really enjoyed this book.

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