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The One In A Million Boy af Monica Wood
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The One In A Million Boy (udgave 2016)

af Monica Wood (Forfatter)

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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 yard work 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.… (mere)
Medlem:sheila150650
Titel:The One In A Million Boy
Forfattere:Monica Wood (Forfatter)
Info:Review (2016)
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The One-in-a-Million Boy af Monica Wood

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    Ekstremt højt & utrolig tæt på : roman af Jonathan Safran Foer (WendyRobyn)
    WendyRobyn: It's a while since I read the Safran Foer book, but something about the boy characters and their quests (perhaps for meaning through collected data?) seems akin.
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A breath-takingly beautiful story of loss and gain. The characters are rich in their subtly, the story told simply but with beauty and the ending a tearful release. This is one I feel like I should read yearly to remind myself of what really matters. ( )
  ColourfulThreads | Feb 18, 2021 |
I really like this book. Great characters and although "the boy" is present only for a moment he's woven throughout the novel. The shards on tape might be my favorite parts. The one-sided conversation gives such insight into both Ona and "the boy." It's a really feel-good read and while reading it I was reminded of "A Man Call Ove."

Highly recommended. This would be a good book club book. ( )
  3CatMom | Dec 28, 2020 |
This novel traces the posthumous influence of an 11 year-old boy on a sympathetic set of adults, and traces the effects of his life and death to self-discovery, love, responsibility, and record-setting longevity. It’s a unique, gratifying read, written with intelligence, wisdom, and kindness. The author’s kindness extends to her characters as well as her readers: the love the characters feel for each other reaches the surface in unusual ways. And Monica Wood’s readers feel her kindness through the realistic strivings and the partial and sometimes surprising success they meet with. This is superb.

A shy, unaccomplished 11 year-old Boy Scout visits 104 year-old Ona to assist with chores and record her history, as part of an exercise to earn a merit badge. Ona is Lithuanian and sharp as a tack. She’s lived in the U.S. since 1913, was married to a dull, unloving man for nearly three decades, but has nevertheless lived an interesting life. After the boy’s passing, his father Quinn takes over. First he takes on the chores, and eventually he fills a void which the youngster’s passing has created.

Quinn is in many ways the focus of the story. He performs chores around the house for Ona scrupulously at first, before their relationship gels into a friendship. Quinn’s marriage has fractured - twice - but Ona observes Quinn’s continuing devotion to his ex-wife Belle. She finds she admires Quinn’s perseverance and kindness, and allows him to pursue her plan to re-qualify for her driver’s license. This license is a wonderful trope by Wood, a hard encapsulation of Ona’s determined will to continue to function normally despite her age.

“The One-in-a-Million Boy” has such a big heart: it has space for everyone’s ambitions, everyone’s failings, everyone’s redemption, everyone’s love. I recommend this book as heartily as I have before for Wood, one of my favorites. “My Only Story” is superb, “Any Bitter Thing” gratifying and balanced, but “The One-in-a-Million Boy” takes the cake. A multiple award winner, and my new favorite among Wood’s oeuvre, be sure to take this one up! ( )
  LukeS | Oct 13, 2020 |
A nice story. Odd in its own way. The boy is one in a million but it is the 104 year own woman that changes that lives of all the characters. The story makes you want to find buried treasure hidden in the home of an elderly person who might have been forgotten. ( )
  Jolene.M | Jul 30, 2020 |
Quinn Porter, the guitarist father of the boy, finds himself fulfilling an obligation to 104 year old Ona Vitkus in the wake of his son’s death. The boy has been doing yard work for her while earning a Boy Scout badge, and Ona presses Quinn to complete the obligation. Quinn has been an absent father to the boy and an absent husband to his ex-wife. The relationship with Ona deepens ashe learns more about his son and what was important to him, more about Ona and her life, and more about himself. Fans of A Man Called Ove will love this book. ( )
  rglossne | Jul 1, 2020 |
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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 yard work 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.

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