The Man Who Ate the 747, by Ben Sherwood
It wasn’t the easiest thing in the world, watching your best friend eat an airplane. Some days you suspected he wasn’t all there in the head. But then, on other days, he was the smartest. most insightful person you ever knew.
J.J. Smith is the Keeper of the Records for The Book of Records (a Guinness-like book). He is your average man who witnesses greatness, but never acquires it. His last assignment was to verify the world’s longest kiss, 30:45:00, and the couple misses it by 4 seconds. He is under pressure from his boss to find the next great record or he could be downsized. As luck would have it he receives an anonymous tip from someone that a man is eating a Boeing 747. He catches the first plane to a small town in Nebraska.
Wally Chubb has been in love with Willa Wyatt since his ninth birthday and he figures by eating the 747 that crashed into his field he will finally get her attention. He has made pretty good progress by the time J.J. shows up and he is excited when television outlets show up to record his feat. He must find help for the black box, but executives from Boeing show up to help him out. Unfortunately, Willa seems to take no more notice of him than she did before.
Willa knows why Wally is eating the plane, but figures if she ignores him he will eventually stop. Then this handsome man shows up asking questions and spouting records that he has witnessed all around the world and she is hooked. Against her better judgement she finds herself drawn into J.J.’s orbit.
I adore this charming and original love story. It is full of small town warmth and spirit and it is sure to inspire you, at least a little. I wouldn’t want anyone to eat a 747 for me, but I had to admire Wally ingenuity. It’s amazing to find out what foods you can put ground up metal into. It should have included a few recipes in the back :)
The quirky characters and plot will bring a smile to your face. This was not at all what I expected, but I cannot recommend it enough. At only 250 pages it is a quick, worthwhile read. It’s my favorite book so far this year.