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The One-in-a-Million Boy
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Who are the strivers in this book, and who are the dreamers? Can you divide your own friends and family members in the same way? Are you a striver or a dreamer?

Created: 04/16/17

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davinamw

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Who are the strivers in this book, and who are the dreamers? Can you divide your own friends and family members in the same way? Are you a striver or a dreamer?

Ona tells Quinn that the boy turned her from a "striver" to a "dreamer." Who do you find are the strivers in this book, and who are the dreamers? Can you divide your own friends and family members in the same way? Do you consider yourself a striver or a dreamer?


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renem

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RE: Who are the strivers in this book, and who are the dreamers? Can you divide your own friends and family members in the same way? Are you a striver or a dreamer?

Goodness, I should have taken notes! I think the dreamers were Ona of course, Howard, the boy, Louise, and the band members. The strivers were many; Quinn, Belle, Ted, Sylvie, Maud-Lucy, Ona's parents, the realtor, and Dr. Valentine. I think we all think of people in our lives as either a striver or dreamer (or as some would say slacker). I, at times, am a little of both.


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deeh

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RE: Who are the strivers in this book, and who are the dreamers? Can you divide your own friends and family members in the same way? Are you a striver or a dreamer?

I agree with renem. People are both strivers and dreamers at different points in their lives. I believe Quinn began as a dreamer and became a striver.


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susiej

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RE: Who are the strivers in this book, and who are the dreamers? Can you divide your own friends and family members in the same way? Are you a striver or a dreamer?

I think all the characters in the novel can be classified as strivers and dreamers alike - each at a different point in his or her stage in the novel. That seems logical to me - the reason they all show up here. We are connected in the long term to those we share a likeness with, and that's exactly what happens here. The same is true of me and my friends. I surround myself with individuals who share my perspective for the most part. We reinforce one another in our dreaming and striving. It seems natural to me.


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kellyo

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RE: Who are the strivers in this book, and who are the dreamers? Can you divide your own friends and family members in the same way? Are you a striver or a dreamer?

Quinn was a striver and a dreamer in that he wanted to have great success as a musician. It seemed like some of the other members of the band played for the fun of it. They all had other jobs and family life around their music, whereas Quinn wasn't the best family man and picked up odd jobs so that he could spend most of his time working towards making it big in the music industry. After playing with David Crosby he really believed he would make it big. Later when he realized he may have heard David Crosby wrong, he took a job managing another band who were on their way to great success.

Belle was striving to work towards her grief and to move on with her life. After losing her own son, she was having trouble being around Ted's boys as they reminded her of what she had lost. She knew in time "They will be mine." Belle always dreamed of having a true family life with a husband around.

Ona was both a striver and a dreamer. The boy really helped her see that it was possible for her to make a Guiness Book World record and she began to strive for those goals to honor the boy.

Howard was both a dreamer & a striver in that he wanted to write music that would be recognized and valued.

I believe everyone has moments in their life when they are both a striver and a dreamer. Sometimes the things we dream about aren't really what we want or need and we change our goals.


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dianaps

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RE: Who are the strivers in this book, and who are the dreamers? Can you divide your own friends and family members in the same way? Are you a striver or a dreamer?

I think all of the characters were both strivers and dreamers at some point.


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smsh

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RE: Who are the strivers in this book, and who are the dreamers? Can you divide your own friends and family members in the same way? Are you a striver or a dreamer?

I agree with those who said all the characters were both strivers and dreamers - at different points in the book. Aren't we all! I find this a great way to frame my own variability.


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