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One-In-A-Million Boy (Library)
One-In-A-Million Boy (Library) | Monica Wood
"Readers won't be able to resist . . . The conclusion will leave them smiling through their tears." Shelf Awareness "Wood's exquisitely crafted prose radiates warmth, perception, and insight . . . Heartwarming, funny, and uplifting." Guardian 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.One Saturday, he doesn't show up. Ona starts to think he's not so special after all, but then his father Quinn arrives on her doorstep, determined to finish his son's good deed. The boy's mother is not so far behind. 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."
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Tex2Flo
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The sweetest good-sad story
#crymeariver #ayupaugust @squirrelbrain @Cinfhen
Book club cast Cloris Leachman and David Arquette.

squirrelbrain Sounds good (but sad!) - stacked... 2mo
Cinfhen Such a great book!!!!!!!! 2mo
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KarenUK
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#JulyWrapUp

Had a bit of a reading slump this month, but a re-read of the tagged book for a bookclub ended up being the perfect #slumpbuster !

I read a couple of fantastic cookbooks, and also really liked The Girl on the Page, a gift from a lovely Litten...

Favorite new-to-me fiction read was the 5⭐️ ‘The Nickel Boys‘ by Colson Whitehead.... I‘m looking forward to discussing it at the B&N bookclub I‘ll be hosting on August 13th....📚💕

Cathythoughts This doesn‘t look like a reading slump 🤔📚📚📚Well done !! I must get a copy of The Chain ! I‘m in need of a decent thriller 👍🏻♥️ 2mo
KarenUK @cathythoughts The Chain is fun and a really well done thriller.... very pacy, edge of your seat stuff. 👍 2mo
britt_brooke Looks like a great month still! What did you think about Educated? I think I‘m one of the few that didn‘t love it. 2mo
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KarenUK @britt_brooke I‘m with you on this one.... did not love it, and although I think her achievements are great, didn‘t think the book was that special... 2mo
britt_brooke @KarenUK Completely agree. 2mo
CarolynM The Girl on the Page was an interesting one. I liked a lot of it, but some of it made me cringe! 2mo
KarenUK @CarolynM I kept thinking I shouldn‘t be liking this as much as I am! 2mo
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My book haul from 2nd and Charles on Sunday. I technically only went there to get a gift card for a friend, but y‘all know how that goes. I can‘t pass up a buy 5 used books, get 5 free deal. The two in the middle are books I‘ve been on the library waitlist for a while so those are some fun finds and the rest are just whatever struck my fancy - fantasy, animals, classics, etc.

Buechersuechtling Let us (me 😉) know how you like(d) Sarah Dessen‘s “Saint Anything”, please. 🙇🏽‍♀️ 2mo
jmtrivera I almost moved into 2nd and Charles when I saw that sale! 2mo
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Reread for a bookclub- just as good as I remembered.
I again fell in love with this lovely cast of characters. Ona, feisty and 104 years young, Quinn the absentee father, Belle the broken and grieving mother, and the unnamed, World-record-obsessed boy.
This wonderful story of grief and friendship, just spoke to me so completely. And I just love Quinn as a character. His complex feelings of grief, guilt, honor and duty were so moving. Recommended👍

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Kappadeemom
One-In-A-Million Boy | Monica Wood
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An 11 year old Boy Scout goes to help 104 year old Ona Vitkus each Saturday. They become friends and Ona tells the boy several secrets. Love, loss and friendship

Biverson12 Added to my stack! 3mo
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Overall a very heartwarming and touching story. It dragged a little in the middle and frankly, Quinn did almost nothing to impress me as a character. He was mostly self absorbed and kind of cold. Ona, the boy and the way that the author chose to end the book saved it all. The ending was heartbreaking and beautiful. I would still highly recommend this book and the audio was amazing. #audiobook #tearjerker #hoopla

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🌟🌟🌟🌟
#audiobook
#overdrive

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‘Upstairs, gaining strength by the second, lay Quinn‘s inheritance, left to the father from the son: an old woman suddenly missing home.‘
This is the story of a boy, a son and his relationship with his father and his friendship with an elderly lady of 104.
This book made my heart sing! The ending was just perfect! The characters felt so real and they made me cry, smile and cry some more.
#LitsyAtoZ letter O
#buddyread @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I fell behind!!! I‘ve got it next to read... 💗💗💗💗 4mo
UwannaPublishme 😻😻😻 4mo
Rissreads @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks all good! I hope you enjoy it as much as me. 4mo
Jeg What a beautiful cat.😻😻😻 4mo
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Wife Love ❤️ this book! The audiobook reader did a great job. 4mo
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks
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Nerissa,
Thank you so much for the bookmark, book, and especially the kind words in your letter 💗 That means so much to me... You and others make Litsy such a wonderful place! I love that Litsy is a loving community and that we can make friends all over the world here. This is not just a book reviewing site, but a place to meet others with similar interests and get to know one another. Thank you for being a part of this awesome group!! 💗❤️😘

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks And I‘m up for the buddy read when you are ❤️❤️ 5mo
Princess-Kingofkings I couldn't have said it any better! 5mo
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @Princess-Kingofkings thank you... I‘ve been a little bummed out with all of the Facebook comments today. I love the way Litsy has the personal feel and I would hate to see that changed in any way... I have made so many close friends here and continue to make them. Just makes me sad... 5mo
Rissreads I‘m ready now for the buddy read if you are? And your very welcome 💜💙💚❤️🧡💋 (edited) 5mo
Mdargusch So sweet! ❤️ 5mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @Rissreads ok!! Let‘s start tomorrow! I‘m about to go to bed 💗😘💗😘 5mo
Rissreads 👍 5mo
Rissreads I‘ve just finished this and absolutely loved it! It made me cry twice! Sorry I was a bit slow but life has been crazy busy!!!!!! 💜🧡💙❤️💛💚 4mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @Rissreads I‘ve fallen very behind... love, been out of time, and stress!!! Its next though 😘😘😘 4mo
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HeatherBookNerd
One-In-A-Million Boy | Monica Wood
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Here‘s one for all my audiobook peeps. Made a list of some of my favorites over on @bookriot today.

https://bookriot.com/2019/04/15/audiobooks-with-theatrical-narrators/

#audiobooks #amwriting #amlistening

Megabooks Audible has a great 2 for 1 right now with famous narrators! 5mo
HeatherBookNerd @Megabooks good to know! 5mo
Christine Great article! I‘ve listened to and loved four of your picks, and now I‘ll definitely check out 5mo
Megabooks @HeatherBookNerd Also totally agree about The Nix! Pwnage is one of my favorite audiobook characters. Nice choices! 5mo
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"I remember clinking the wrong sort of glasses and wishing I had the right sort of glasses, and to this day I consider that moment - clink! - as the beginning of our friendship. I'm glad it made a sound."

Cathythoughts ♥️👍🏻 6mo
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jdiehr
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I thought this book had its moments, but I was never chomping at the bit to get back to it. Could just be that I am in the midst of so much upheaval personally.
I am going to give it a pick for the interesting premise and the quotes that I picked out from it.

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Macnjen
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Sweet story about a 104 year old woman who befriends a quirky 11 year old boy. I liked the characters, the writing, and how it wrapped up without being corny or obvious. Read this for book club and it‘s for the #LitsyAtoZ challenge. @BookishMarginalia

BookishMarginalia 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼 6mo
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jdiehr
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"She felt suddenly fond of her unremarkable life, that humdrum necklace of imitation pearls with the occasional glint of the real thing."

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Macnjen
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I hope I have a wingspan.

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Macnjen
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Next up for party book club and for #litsyAtoZ challenge @BookishMarginalia

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Wife
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I may have just listened to my 2019 favorite! This is a story that has so many moving elements. Have tissues on hand. Unlikely friendships, missed opportunities, mistakes, relationships, forgiveness, acceptance, humor, and love are all in this charming story. I definitely recommend the audiobook. Such a unique mix of characters...I will be thinking of them for a long time. 5/5⭐️s #Keeper ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️

thebluestocking I love this one too!! ❤️ 7mo
Wife @thebluestocking So glad I picked this to listen to. Did you read print book? Or audiobook? I‘ll add this to my (very selective) “keeper” shelf. 🌹 7mo
thebluestocking @Wife I read the ebook. How was the audio? 7mo
Wife @thebluestocking Very good! Male reader did a very believable Ona Vitcus. 7mo
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Gentle, quiet, and heartwarming, this book creeps up on you. A story of friendship, missed opportunities, and second chances...all set in motion after the death of a boy. And the ending..it‘s beautiful! 👍👍👍👍

#Booked2019 Winter #relatedtoapodcast (from MMD podcast).

Cinfhen LOVED this book!!!! Like REALLY LOVED 7mo
Cathythoughts Lovely review & well done ✅ 7mo
Kalalalatja Stacked! 7mo
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rohit-sawant Sounds terrific! Stacking! 7mo
batsy Great review ❤️ 7mo
JennyM It is a great read! 7mo
jenniferajanes I enjoyed this book too! 💕📚 7mo
4thhouseontheleft Great review! 7mo
sprainedbrain Excellent review. I love this book! ❤️ 7mo
erzascarletbookgasm @Kalalalatja @rohit-sawant I hope you‘ll like it when you get to read it. 😊 7mo
erzascarletbookgasm @Cinfhen @JennyM @jenniferajanes so much ❤️ for this book, yay! 🙌 7mo
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It has been a whirlwind of activity for the past three days in celebration of the Lunar New Year 🧧... lots of socialising (family gatherings, friends visiting), too much of food, and not enough of sleep. Today I plan on resting at home to finish (hopefully) the tagged book and maybe a little nap later in the afternoon.

Here‘s a pic of my sister‘s munchkin, Sukey. 🐶❤️

Cinfhen Happy New Year ❤️cute pup 7mo
LeahBergen Aww! 😍😍 7mo
Cathythoughts Yes , Happy New Year & what a gorgeous Little pet 👍🏻♥️ 7mo
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batsy Aww! 😍 Does Sukey get an angpow, too? 😁 7mo
Kalalalatja What a cutie! And happy new year! 💕 7mo
Kaye That pup is so cute. Did you eat CAKE 🎂? 7mo
mabell Hi Sukey! ❤️🐶 7mo
erzascarletbookgasm @kaye Oh yes, we had a delicious cheese cake! 😋nom nom whole cake gone in minutes. 7mo
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jenniferajanes
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I really appreciate this book for how the author shows the growth of each character through the course of the story. I‘m so glad I read it! Definitely recommend. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️/5

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OMG. I'm on page 40. Best. Book. Ever.

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VeganCleopatra
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Initially I found the book charming but it quickly wore off as the book focused more on the father and characters other than the old woman and young boy. Ultimately the charm left with the boy and it made a book that was already longer than it should have been feel that much longer.

(Read in December. Already on my TBR.)

#NewYearWhoDis

monalyisha Woof. Hope your next #NewYearWhoDis reads fare better! 🤞🏻 9mo
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With this last read I have finally completed my end season of reads for #booked2018! Just in time 🙌🏼😉
#underdoghero - The Lamb Will Slaughter the Lion ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
#featuresaholiday - Hocus Pocus & Sequel ⭐️⭐️⭐️
#MCover70 - The One-In-A Million Boy ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
#newin2018 - Pride ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
MCwithinvisibleillness- Turtles ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
#spooky - Blood and Salt ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Cinfhen Wow!!! So many 4 star reads!!! That‘s awesome 🥳🥳🥳congrats on completing the challenge 🎈🎈🎈 9mo
Kamisha @Cinfhen yes, it was a great reading season! And thank you! 🎉😊 9mo
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@sprainedbrain!!! Thank you so much for the #kindlitsy gift! 😍😍😍 @kindlitsy

sprainedbrain You are so welcome! ❤️ 9mo
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📚The One in a Million Boy - so good!!
👩🏽‍💼Michelle Obama - I‘m looking forward to her new book!
🎥 On Golden Pond
🍪 Oreos!
#manicmonday

tammysue # 2 me too! 11mo
JoScho 🧡🧡🧡 11mo
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I devoured this in two days. The only reason this is impressive is because I have toddlers and a job 😂 But I was completely invested in each character. I loved their stories. I loved their faults. I cried for them. I cried with them. This one is going to hang around with me for a while.

Kelleyisreading It was so good!! I‘m intrigued the boy wasn‘t given a name by the author and somehow think that was quite clever. 11mo
MandaChittles @Kelleyisreading - I didn‘t even realise this until after I‘d finished the novel. 11mo
MandaChittles @Kelleyisreading - you think it means no one ever really knew him or understood him? 11mo
Kelleyisreading @MandaChittles Perhaps! I was wondering if she was trying to ensure that the boy wasn‘t the main character. Well he was, but not really. His memory was but the real story seemed to be how others perceived him and how he brought them all together. 11mo
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Cspen113
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Nothing like finishing a book first thing in the morning! I loved this one!! So much heart wrapped up in a story with unfortunate circumstances, missed opportunities, and things said badly. 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

Liberty I LOVE THIS BOOK SO MUCH 11mo
Cspen113 @Liberty I did too! I thought it was beautifully done!! 11mo
Liberty @Cspen113 Since you enjoyed this, I highly recommend CROOKED HEART by Lissa Evans. 11mo
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sprainedbrain Such a great book. ❤️ 11mo
Cspen113 @liberty Thank you! I‘ll make sure and check that one out!! 11mo
Cspen113 @sprainedbrain I agree! I loved it!! 11mo
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Cspen113
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You can‘t tell from the picture but it‘s pouring rain outside, so I spend my morning reading to the sound of raindrops, and this is perfect. 👌 My kinda morning.

Amiable Love it! My favorite, too. 🙂 11mo
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Glad I was able to catch this recommendation from Kari Sweeney while listening to the @whatshouldireadnext podcast a couple of weeks ago. It was a great read and was sad but mostly heartwarming at the same time. Please add this to your #tbr list if you haven‘t already read it ❤️

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Cspen113
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This is a tough one for me. Lots of unpretty life and bad choices that can‘t be undone. Definitely a good one though! Got my coffee and jumping right in the deep end this morning!

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KarenUK
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#booked2018 Completed this quarter just in time! I enjoyed all six, with the tagged book being my favorite..... @Cinfhen @BarbaraTheBibliophage @4thhouseontheleft Thank you to all the hosts, I‘m loving this challenge 😘💕👍

4thhouseontheleft Glad you‘re enjoying it! ❣️❣️ 12mo
Cinfhen So glad to see so many participants enjoying!! We cohosts are loving all of your posts and Book choices!!! Thank you for playing along with us ❤️❤️❤️ 12mo
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Nebklvr
One-In-A-Million Boy | Monica Wood
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How many years does it take us before we actually grow up? What if you don‘t get a second chance? If you were to leave tomorrow, what would you regret? Do you allow for the unexpected in your life? This book answers all of these questions in the most heart crushing way....

Libby1 Great review. 12mo
Nebklvr @Libby1 Thanks! 12mo
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I loved this book. So hard!

Home from work this afternoon making lasagna for 30, and I finished on audio. I have a massive tbr so often read books years after I get them—I should have read this years ago.

This book is so much more than I can even describe. It pulls at your heart without being sappy, it‘s beautifully written, and the characters feel so real and gloriously human.

A contender for best book I‘ve read this year.

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Bookish_B It's been on my TBR for ages too 😳 12mo
zsuzsanna_reads Lasagna for 30? Wow!! 12mo
mabell That's a lot of lasagna! 12mo
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JennyM I loved this one too. And yet for lots of lasagne! 12mo
sprainedbrain @zsuzsanna_reads @mabell @JennyM I am cooking my daughter‘s volleyball team dinner - the parents take turns every Wednesday. I have never ever made this much lasagna at once! 😅 😂 12mo
sprainedbrain @Bookish_B I highly recommend moving it up. 😂 12mo
mabell @sprainedbrain Now you can mark it off your bucket list - Make lasagna for 30? ✔️ 😂😂 12mo
sprainedbrain @mabell another bucket list item I didn‘t realize was on my bucket list. 😂 12mo
mabell @sprainedbrain I must say I hope it doesn't make it onto mine! 🤣😂 12mo
zsuzsanna_reads @sprainedbrain note to self: check whether I need to cook for 30 before I let daughter join a sports team 😂 12mo
Clare-Dragonfly Um, if my kid is ever on a sports team that requires me to provide dinner, I think I‘ll be ordering pizza! 12mo
sammisho I think it's lovely that you're daughter's volleyball team does that! My daughter's gymnastics team does potlucks a few times a season. but thankfully I just bring one dish! 12mo
sprainedbrain @sammisho I can handle it once per season, I think! I survived. 😃 12mo
LiteraryinLititz I read this a while ago and really loved it. Thanks for the reminder of what a good book it was! 12mo
TorieStorieS Oh I adored this one, too!!! I love finding treasures in my own TBR!!! 😊👏😊 12mo
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Read66
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Loved this book. Really enjoyed the author‘s style using lists, interviews and straight narrative. And really wanted to spend more time with delightful character Ona Vitkus. Highly recommended.

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GirlWellRead
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Monica Wood has penned a heartfelt, endearing story of friendship between a young boy, and a 104-year-old lady that ripples out to the boys parents. They share an affinity for world records, and also share in loss.

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Our next #fullyunabridged episode is now available on iTunes, Stitcher, our website (unabridgedpod.com), and Podbean. Check out what the @unabridgedpod team thinks about One-in-a-Million Boy by Monica Wood!

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@unabridgedpod has another great episode coming out tomorrow—hint: I talk about crying *again* when we discuss Monica Wood‘s One-in-a-Million Boy. It‘s becoming a real problem. 😂 #fullyunabridged #readwithunabridged

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I fell deeply in love with this lovely cast of characters. Ona, a feisty 104 years young, Quinn the absentee father, Belle the broken and grieving mother, and the unnamed, World-record-obsessed boy.
This story of grief and friendship, dreaming and striving, just spoke to me so completely.
Read for #booked2018 for the #Blameitonlitsy prompt.
@Cinfhen @shawnmooney You were both so right! Thanks so much for your recommendations!

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Cinfhen Yay!!!!! So much love for this book 💘nice job on completing a prompt 😁 1y
BarbaraTheBibliophage Great job!! 1y
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KarenUK
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#julytbr
Mostly either bookclub reads or books for challenges... Pretty excited about all of them.... 😊👍💕📚

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KarenUK
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Doing some planning for next quarter‘s #booked2018 ....

Cinfhen I‘m super excited about your choices!!! I read The Identicals for my #beachread I really like it! I LOVED The One in a Million Boy & Hunger and im really eager to read 1y
KarenUK @cinfhen I picked ‘One in a million boy‘ as my #blameitonlitsy pick, based on yours and @shawnmooney ‘s rave reviews 😊👍 1y
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BookaholicNatty
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#AdelesMayMashup Day 5 Photo Challenge. #AMillionYearsAgo

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 💙❤️💙❤️ 1y
vkois88 Love the cover 1y
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These two books have absolutely nothing in common, except...I finished both yesterday, they‘re both great, and they both brought me to tears on multiple occasions. I read The One-in-a-Million Boy, a beautifully written novel, for my book club and have SO many quotations marked! House Arrest, a YA/middle-grade novel in verse, is the journal of a boy that details the year after he steals a wallet. (I stayed up waaayy too late finishing this one!)

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MelanieMefford
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Next up! I‘ve heard it‘s a tear jerker. 😬

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Jenna2
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In the vein of A Man Called Ove. I‘m being drawn to books about relationships between generations and the lessons that are learned in those moments.

MommyWantsToReadHerBook I was looking at this the other day at a secondhand stall. Do let us know if it's good! 2y
Jenna2 I must apologize. I had tagged the wrong book. This is a sweet story about coming to terms with our life choices and dealing with grief. I would recommend it especially if it‘s a second hand purchase. 2y
lauraodom It‘s on my list! 2y
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Ashley85
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Hopefully I can get a good amount of reading in this weekend 🤗 #libraryhaul

nikirtehsuxlol I enjoyed One if Us is Lying! 2y
Ashley85 @nikirtehsuxlol I‘m glad to hear! I‘ve heard good things about it. 2y
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