For years, guitarist Quinn Porter has been on the road, chasing gig after gig, largely absent to his twice-ex-wife Belle and their odd, Guinness records-obsessed son. When the boy dies suddenly, Quinn seeks forgiveness for his paternal shortcomings by completing the requirements for one of his son's unfinished Boy Scout badges. For seven Saturdays Quinn does yardwork for Ona Vitkus, the spry 104-year-old Lithuanian immigrant the boy had visited weekly. Quinn soon discovers that the boy had talked Ona into gunning for the world record for oldest licensed driver. Despite himself, Quinn picks up where the boy left off, forging a friendship with Ona that allows him to know the son he never understood.
©2016 Monica Wood (P)2016 Dreamscape Media, LLC
Wow! This book is both powerful and quiet. There is a stillness that runs throughout the text, but small moments culminate in a very powerful theme. The book explores the life of Ona Vitkus through the eyes of her young helper, often just called The Boy. Like real life, the large is made up of the small, both beautiful and tragic. The boy is gone, leaving his semi involved father to "inherit" his responsibilities with Ona. Though reluctant, the father, Quinn, learns much about himself and his son through his relationship with Ona. Like much of literary fiction, the emphasis is on character development and theme, but there is enough plot to keep the reader's attention. Well worth the read.
This is a wonderful story that balances loss, survival, growth, and hope. The narration is outstanding, and I am picky about narrators. Very well done!
Thank you for such a Great story. This wonderful look into the life of Ms. Vitcus did an excellent portrayal of the shrinking world many senior adults experience. And the difference anyone can make in a life. This heartwarming journey with amazing narration caused my hour commute to fly by
After a slow start, The One-in-a-Million Boy took hold of my heart and mind. I escaped into the pages and traveled back into the memories of Ona. The book is a reminder of how much a child can impact the lives of many. I found myself laughing and crying throughout as I felt the passion of the characters that lived through the voice of Chris Ciulla. He did a terrific job narrating the story that Monica Woods authored.
Although it was packed with sadness (and hope born of the sadness), the truth it reveals is poignant: we often can't see how we impact others until there's damage or loss. At times, the list reading annoyed me, but I imagine it would be like real life with a boy like this one (that's to say often sweet but sometimes annoying). The way the final chapter was delivered, however, was perfect and I admit I got teary. This story made me want to know someone 104 and actually hear their stories!
A touch difficult to figure out the characters in the beginning, if needed just replay the chapters and then you'd be settled and familiar. The writing is wonderful and the narration does justice to all character and portraying the scenes. A real gem of a book!
The narrator did a fantastic job!
The story was very good. This book is one of my favorites by far.
I am a Native American woman who loves quirky - off the beaten path stories. I would like to find more books about people of color.
There was a great idea for a story here but some of it gets lost in the writing devices the author uses. Many great books jump back and forth in time - but it was so heavily used in this story that at times you had to work to figure out if it was present or past and which character was speaking. Because of all of the back and forth it was hard to tell where the story was going - or if it had a direction at all. I do think the story is good but it was just too much work to get there.
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