Ona Vitkus is 104 years when she meets the 11 year old boy she assumes will be like all the other Eagle Scouts that have volunteered at her house, but she soon discovers this boy is something else entirely.
I loved this book for the genuine sweetness of the boy, the tough exterior protecting the vulnerable heart of Ona Vitkus, the grief filled spirit of the mother who is learning her own strength and the penitent soul of the father who finds meaning where he least expected it.
The way the story is told is unique and adds to the quaintness of the novel. I felt the transcripts of Ona's interviews added insight and another dimension to the story. I truly did fall in love with each character. I thought the ending was perfect and spot-on. I can't wait to read another story by Monica Wood and will definitely be adding her to my favorite authors list.
The One-in-a-Million Boy is a testament to the value of friendship, family and the friends that become family. I fully relate to how young people interacting with older people can change both of their lives. My son had a very special relationship with my mom that I know brought such joy and light into both of their lives. I will be forever grateful for the time they had together.
I received this book courtesy of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.