The One-in-a-Million Boy

The One-in-a-Million Boy Review

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.

The story of your life never starts at the beginning. Don't they teach you anything at school?

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.

Title:The One-in-a-Million Boy
Edition Language:English

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  • Jennifer

    4.5 enthusiastic starsI'm stunned this book isn't receiving more buzz, as it is one of the better books I've read this year."The One in a Million Boy" is about a socially-awkward 11 year old boy who i...

  • Angela M

    We never know his name but we come to know almost immediately the fate of the eleven year old boy who has a thing for world records and for counting and making lists and collecting things by 10. Is he...

  • Elyse

    This is the season of the Jewish High Holy Days.....A time to reflect - a time for moral self-assessment-seeking forgiveness from others we have harmed- making amends as appropriate. This story fits w...

  • Ron

    My thoughts are awash after reading this story that I cannot stop thinking about. Books I’ve loved tend to do that. “Loved” kind of says it all, but because the boy in the book, who grabbed my h...

  • Karen

    4.5 stars I just loved this book! So heartwarming, funny, sad, you will feel it all. Ona Vitkus a 104 yr old Lithuanian immigrant and the most unlikely friends she made just make this an awesome read....

  • Suzanne

    This was a very sweet book, which I thank Goodreads and the publisher for my hard copy. I have never seen such a specific layout in a book before, and this made a lovely story into a quirky reading ...

  • Cheri

    As this story begins, Ona Vitkus is a hundred and four years, one hundred and thirty-three days old. Born in Lithuania, raised in Maine where she’s lived since she arrived at the age of 4 years old....

  • Jaline

    A diligent, hard-working 11 year old boy who loves making lists and counts everything bonds with a 104 year old woman over animal crackers and milk. The boy is committed to earning a Scout badge for v...

  • Maureen

    It's sad, it's amusing, it's uplifting, and the writing is beautiful. This is the most unlikely of relationships - 104 year old Ona Vitkus and an 11 year old boy, but it's a joy to see it unfold, and ...

  • Phrynne

    What a beautiful book. And that ending - the might have been if what happened had not happened. The sadness that (view spoiler)[ Quinn would never know how much the boy loved him and wanted his approv...