The incandescent story of a 104-year-old woman and the sweet, strange young boy assigned to help her around the house — a friendship that touches each member of the boy’s unmoored family
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 his son’s unfinished Boy Scout badge.
For seven Saturdays, Quinn does yard work for Ona Vitkus, the wily 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 — and that’s the least of her secrets. 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, a boy who was always listening, always learning.
The One-in-a-Million Boy is a richly layered novel of hearts broken seemingly beyond repair and then bound by a stunning act of human devotion.
Oh my goodness! I loved this book. I read part of it, but I listened to most of it! I would fall asleep while listening so I had to go back and read to see where I remembered and then rewind to finish listening. I recommend listening if at all possible. The narrator of this book, Chris Ciulla, made it come alive. His accent of the old lady, the voice of the boy, and the dad's voice made it seem like I was watching a movie on the inside of my closed eyes. Very good!
The story starts with an 11 year old boy doing chores for a 104 year old lady. They quickly become friends. He is fascinated with the Guinness Book Of World Records and wants to see her in the book. They decide she should try for 'the oldest licensed driver' when he suddenly dies from a disease that is not often diagnosed until death...long QT syndrome. His father sets out to finish the son's chores for the old lady. Along the way he finds out how much he missed out on by not loving his living son yet falls in love with him after death. And the old woman finds out something, long forgotten, about herself.
A fantastic book. Along the lines of A Man Called Ove. I loved it! I give it ***** 5 stars. (Check out my star ratings in my left sidebar if you haven't seen it before). Listen to this book if at all possible. Or read it! And right now it is on sale both on Barnes and Noble and for Kindle. Only $2.99! And you can add the audible for only $3.99. Not bad for an audible book! You will not be sorry. And grab some Kleenex for along the way!