Book Review: The One-in-A-Million Boy by Monica Wood

Title: The One In A Million Boy by Monica Wood


My Ratings: 4 Stars

Source: Pansing Malaysia


Goodreads Review:

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.


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.


My Review:

Gahhh! This book is just… *insert unintelligent audible here* I really don’t know how to put it into words but I am certainly going to try.

This book seemed very similar to Shtum but what I liked about TOIAMB is the tone of this book. It’s sunny in my head whenever I read about Ona & the boy, it’s just all sunny, blue sky, fluffy clouds in my head. However, I find myself having to re-read certain paragraphs again and again because the writing is rather difficult for me to get into. It could also serve as a discouragement for some to continue the read but, brace on comrades! This book deserves our patience and time, it’s that good!

An 11 year old boy who has big love for Guiness World of Records, who loves to count, who has vast knowledge for many things, who also has the biggest heart to accept any flaws of another walks into Ona – the 104 year old lady ‘s life. Ona who initially wanted to scare him off, found a special friendship with this boy. As the boy recorded Ona’s life story by parts, they grew close to each other. They too were on a mission to etch Ona’s name in Guiness World of Records, as the oldest living person.  These two, are simply so wonderful.

We are also treated to Quinn- the boy’s father who was absent most of the boy’s life, trying to repent and pay back what he calls “conscience debt”. The boy’s mom- Belle also were in search of peace of mind and she could only achieve it with forgiveness alone.

Ona is my favorite character from this book. I love that at 104 years old, we could still learn from her. Don’t be surprised at her revelations towards an11 years old boy.

I am surprised that this book isn’t making enough waves among the reading community because TOIAMB is truly a gem.

Thank you Pansing Malaysia for this wonderful review copy, I truly enjoyed it! Till the next post, toodles!


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