Tuesday, 23 February 2016

Tuesday Titles 081..

The One-in-a-Million Boy - Monica Wood

Oh, I don't even know where to start with gushing over this week's book. If I could afford to pre-order one for all of you I certainly would, as it's a must read. And that's not something I say lightly. 

Ona Viktus is 104 years old. She's had one of the local Scout group appointed to assist with her day to day tasks and our story begins with her first encounters with The Boy. It becomes clear that these encounters are flashbacks of a relatively recent time as The Boy stops attending her house. Ona fears that he is just not very dedicated and his attention span has waned, like the other boys before him. But this boy is different. He's one in a million. He likes lists and has something of an obsession with Guinness World Records. 

Thereafter, chapters flick between recordings of conversations Ona had with the boy, in sharing her life story, and the present day, where Quinn (the boy's father) has taken over the day to day tasks left undone by his son. These events are also peppered with lists and lists of world records and I found this flickering between everything really helped to pique my interest.

Somehow everything just flows together and the melancholy truth becomes clear. Yes, it's an emotional book and it deals with such heart-breaking subject matter in a wonderfully eloquent way. The repercussions of the event, and how characters Belle, Quinn and to a certain extent, Ona, deal with their grief at they come to terms with what has happened, are just fabulously written. 

The One in a Million Boy is due to be published on 4th April 2016, but you can pre-order it now. 

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