A couple weeks ago, I shared this book with you all. This is the first book in Anne Bogel’s summer reading book club line up. I loved it as much as I thought I would. The premise was right up my alley. The book starts with a dad, Quinn, whose son just passed away. His son, whose name is never revealed, was a socially awkward 11-year-old boy scout. At the time of his death, he was working a scout badge that required him to help an elderly person in their community.
He chose Ona, a 104-year-old Lithuanian immigrant. She is witty and sharp. She and the boy get along swimmingly. In fact, the book goes back and forth between the present (after the boy has died) and flash backs to his time at Ona’s house.
The boy was obsessed with learning and memorizing Guinness World Records. He was determined to figure out a world record that Ona can beat. After much research, he convinces her to become the oldest licensed driver. She does not beat the record before he passes away, and Quinn vows to complete the rest of his badge.
I would be lying if I said this book didn’t make me cry more than once. Quinn was not a very present dad, and he wants to honor his son by not only completing the badge but also helping Ona become the oldest licensed driver.
I honestly can’t think of a person who would not love this book. It’s heartwarming and incredibly moving. I will say that if you’re a fan of character-driven stories or stories with strong character development, you will love this book.
Have you read it? What did you think?