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The One-in-a-Million Boy: The touching novel of a 104-year-old woman's friendship with a boy you'll never forget...

The One-in-a-Million Boy: The touching novel of a 104-year-old woman's friendship with a boy you'll never forget... by Monica Wood

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By Monica Wood

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The unforgettable novel about a boy in a million – and the 104-year-old woman who saves his family. ‘A bittersweet story about finding friendship in the most unlikely of places’ Good Housekeeping


12 Jul 2016


I did enjoy The One In A Million Boy, but perhaps not as much as I thought I would. After reading the blurb I was sure it was going to be rated highly by me, but it just didn’t quite live up to my expectations. However, that being said, it is worth a look because it is well written.

Ona… I loved the character of Ona, and wished I had my own Ona in my life. I loved the journey that Quinn goes on, and their relationship is really quite beautiful. I could have happily read more about them, and less about Belle; it annoyed me that she jumped on the Ona ‘bandwagon.’

Wood presented Ona telling her life in an original way, and it was surprising easy to ‘fill in the blanks.’ I’d like to say that the World Records added something to the story, but I found myself skim reading them for British entries, and ignoring the rest.

Wood really has a way with descriptions, and has created some beautiful imagery within the novel; however I wish it had ended differently as it left me quite cold.

Life affirming? Possibly. Full of charm? Ona certainly is. Worth reading? Yes.

21 May 2016

I very much liked the characters and the way the book unfolded, the idea of time being relative and that we all shut down parts of our memories that are too hard to consider. The parallel plotting of Ona and Belle unfurled very nicely, and of their two under appreciated musical husbands, who were torn between selfishness, work and family; the whole idea of what providing for your family is, and what is required of a father, of which there were so many in the book. In the end perhaps Ted Ledbitter was the dreamer, desperate to transform the lives of those around him. It reminded me of Jon McGregor's 'If nobody speaks of remarkable things', which was far more esoteric, being more written as an exercise for the writer, but which is also less engaging for the reader.
I'm off to read the free ebook 'One in a million woman' now.

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