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The One in A Million Boy Paperback – April 5, 2016
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The book is about the friendship between two very unlikely people and how it affects the people around them. When an 11 year old boy scout comes to Ona for odd jobs so that he can earn another scouting badge, Ona thinks very little of it. After all at the age of 104, Ona has seen and experienced enough of life. She never expected the boy to stick around or to form a relationship with him. But when he stops coming over, Ona assumes the worst. After a while, the boy’s father turns up and explains that the boy had died and that he was there to finish his work. As the parents of the boy and Ona get to know each other, they learn a lot about not only the boy, but also about themselves and life.
Beautifully written, this is a completely engaging book. The language and narrative used are both very eloquent and as such it added much to the plot. The characters are all very different from each other and have all been fleshed out quite well. They have their own quirks and flaws making them human and easy to relate to. The theme of loss is very strong in the book. With the boy’s death each person deals with the loss of his absence in their life. They each have their own take on it and their own process of dealing with it. At the same time there is this feeling that the author wanted to take a look at the aspects of love as well. I have to admit that the ending bugged me a lot. Without giving any spoilers, all I can say that the way the author wrapped up everything was all too neat for me. Real life is messy and not everything ties up so neatly no matter how much we want or try.