The One in a Million Boy - Monica Wood
Reading Challenge Category: a book recommended by someone with great taste
Official Book Blurb:
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, he doesn't show up. Ona starts to think he's not so special after all, but then his father Quinn 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 even at her age the world can surprise you, and that sometimes sharing a loss is the only way to find yourself again.
I’m afraid I didn’t like this book, I can’t quite put my finger on why. I know I definitely didn’t like the interview parts as they were frustrating where the boys part was missing. You were getting a one-sided conversation, and you were expected to fill in what he had said by her response, but I just found it annoying. I would have thought the suspense of the boy being dead would have been a part of the book. However, it isn’t you know straight away that he’s gone, so there is no suspense, no real happy ever after just a rebuilding of lives after a loss. I kept finding my mind was wandering onto other things in my life which it never does when I’m reading a book, so I think that spoke volumes about how I feel about this book!