Boy Basketball has always been an escape for Finley He lives in gray broken Bellmont a town ruled by the Irish Mob drugs violence and racially charged rivalries At home he takes care of his disabled

  • Title: Boy21
  • Author: Matthew Quick
  • ISBN: 9780316127974
  • Page: 117
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Basketball has always been an escape for Finley He lives in gray, broken Bellmont, a town ruled by the Irish Mob, drugs, violence, and racially charged rivalries At home, he takes care of his disabled grandfather, and at school he s called White Rabbit , the only white kid on the varsity basketball team He s always dreamed of getting out somehow with his girlfriend, ErBasketball has always been an escape for Finley He lives in gray, broken Bellmont, a town ruled by the Irish Mob, drugs, violence, and racially charged rivalries At home, he takes care of his disabled grandfather, and at school he s called White Rabbit , the only white kid on the varsity basketball team He s always dreamed of getting out somehow with his girlfriend, Erin But until then, when he puts on his number 21, everything seems to make sense.Russ has just moved to the neighborhood A former teen basketball phenom from a privileged home, his life has been turned upside down by tragedy Cut off from everyone he knows, he now answers only to the name Boy21 his former jersey number and has an unusual obsession with outer space.As their final year of high school brings these two boys together, Boy21 may turn out to be the answer they both need.

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  • Matthew Quick

    Matthew Quick is the New York Times bestselling author of THE SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK, which was made into an Oscar winning film THE GOOD LUCK OF RIGHT NOW LOVE MAY FAIL THE REASON YOU RE ALIVE and four young adult novels SORTA LIKE A ROCK STAR BOY21 FORGIVE ME, LEONARD PEACOCK and EVERY EXQUISITE THING His work has been translated into than thirty languages, received a PEN Hemingway Award Honorable Mention, was an LA Times Book Prize finalist, a New York Times Book Review Editors Choice, a 1 bestseller in Brazil, a Deutscher Jugendliteratur Preis 2016 German Youth Literature Prize nominee, and selected by Nancy Pearl as one of Summer s Best Books for NPR The Hollywood Reporter has named him one of Hollywood s 25 Most Powerful Authors All of his books have been optioned for film.


  • As seen on The ReadventurerThere is not nearly enough YA books about friendships. For some strange reason, romantic relationships are promoted as more important. While I agree that at some point in life you do meet that special person who becomes your partner in everything, up until that point it is friends that help you out, support you, accompany you through life.Friendship, the healing, supporting, non-judgmental type of friendship, is what Boy21 is about. Or is supposed to be about.I love th [...]

  • What a peculiar book. I'm not saying it was necessarily too offbeat but it was different in a way I didn't expect it to be. In a good way. In an excellent way actually. Finley is heading into his senior year. Things look good for the most part. As good as things can be with living in Belmont--a town run by the Irish mob. He's been training all summer with his girlfriend Erin for basketball season. They both are on basketball teams. Erin is a star on the girls’ team and is pinning her hopes on [...]

  • I think this is now my second favorite Matthew Quick book behind Silver Linings Playbook. The last one of his I read was so weird (The Good Luck of Right Now) that I don't even remember what it was about. This one had a great story and an interesting message. If you have just finished a monotonous read and need a quick pick me up (only 5 hours unabridged audio), this is worth giving a try.It has some light-heartedness. I has some despair. It has comedy. It has tragedy. Side note: I finished this [...]

  • Going into this book I thought it was going to be a story about friendship, and how that changes each boy's life, but I was very disappointed. It felt like the friendship was never given the chance to develop, and was almost an afterthought, and not the central theme of the story like the synopsis seemed to suggest.I liked Finley, and I felt for his struggles, and his work ethic. I liked that not being a star basketball player didn’t keep Finley from working harder than the anyone else on the [...]

  • Karly *The Vampire Ninja, Luminescent Monster & Wendigo Nerd Goddess of Canada (according to The Hulk)*

    Q, is for Quick1.5 StarsYou can lose yourself in repetition – quiet your thoughts; I learned the value of this at a very young age.Boy21 is my second Matthew Quick novel, and as far as comparability goes I have to say that I liked Silver Linings Playbook much more than this one. I mentioned in a recent review (The Knife of Never Letting Go, I believe) that there is a timeframe within a story where a telegraphed secret has to be shared – a writer can either win me over or lose me entirely bas [...]

  • 4.5 Stars“You don’t always get to pick the role you’re going to play in life, but it’s good to play whatever role you got the best way you can.”Fate and its fun little twists can bring people together. When we need a push or hand, life seems to provide inspiration or help in one form or another. I believe with all my heart that we bump into and find people in this world when we need them the most. No matter how far we have to go—through time, land, space, or high school. In Matthew Q [...]

  • After reading Matthew Quick's amazing novel Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock earlier this year I was thrilled to have the opportunity to review the author's latest release in the UK, now aimed at a younger audience.After being so impressed by the first book I read from Quick, I admit I had incredibly high expectations for this one and because of this it was hard to give it a fair shot - as it simply wasn't quite as good as Leonard Peacock. Don't get me wrong, this was still an excellent piece of writ [...]

  • Finley's entire life is basketball and he trains tirelessly even though he's nowhere near the best player on the team. As his dad says, effort can outwork talent. Basketball consumes his every waking thought and he wouldn't have it any other way. Without basketball and the team he'd have too much time to remember all of the things he's desperate to forget. Russ is new to town, a basketball phenom who's love of the game died with his parents. Now he's calling himself Boy21, saying he's an alien l [...]

  • Rating: 5 StarsMy Opinion Of This Book: Absolutely stunning book!______________________________________________I wasn't really expecting much from this book since the blurb sounded pretty strange, but my goodness did this book blow my mind! Everything about this book was fabulousE GOOD. ●Finley: Finley is our main character. Instantly, there was this connected - and when I say 'instantly', I mean from like chapter 1. I honestly feel like me and Finley are one and the same (except I'm a girl, o [...]

  • This review said EVERYTHING I wanted to say. While I mostly thought it was a good concept of friendship, as well as personal conflict of love and basketball, alas, I was disappointed to feel that the conflict (and the idea) never really fully developed. The friendship was overshadowed. I never really got to see Finley and Russ connecting over basketball. Plus the Irish mob plot was a bit too much for me to completely enjoyed this book. Too many things at once. I am sure I will be happier if the [...]

  • I think I have some sort of crying disorder. Seriously. The characters in this book have their tragedies and vulnerable emotional moments, both big and small, and it's all very authentic, but c'mon.Next thing I know, I will be crying at heartwarming television commercials.Oh wait, that's already happened. I need to read something funny, like NOW. Real review later. This will be a good one for reluctant teen readers who want something both unusual and serious that doesn't talk down to them.[I edi [...]

  • **I just finished reading this again as a read aloud. I love this book. 10/17/12**Review originally posted at Y.A. LovePlain and simple, Boy21 is a GREAT book. I was on the search for a quality read aloud for my freshmen English classes, so I picked up Boy21 on a whim. I wanted to read it anyway, but I kept thinking about my 3rd hour freshmen class that’s primarily boys who don’t enjoy reading. Boy21 seemed like the perfect fit for them, so I went with my hunch and started reading it. As soo [...]

  • Honestly the only reason why I picked up another Matthew Quick novel was because of Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock.It was one of my favourites back in 2015 and the brilliance of that book made me pick up another book by the same author. Thankfully I was not disappointed. I mean yeah this novel isn't as amazing as the other but still, it was good. Boy21 follows Finely, an 18 year old boy who plays basketball and his jersey number is 21. He has a girlfriend named Erin who also plays basketball and th [...]

  • My first Quick book, and it turned out far differently than I thought it would. The main character is Finley, Irish, a Philadelphia high school senior, rough neighborhood, who lives with his Dad and (legless) Grandpa. Who knows where Mom went. Finley doesn't really talk a lot, but he plays basketball and has a girlfriend he likes to make out with constantly. He's the one white kid on his black bball team. One day his (black) coach asks (white) Finley to help him successfully help welcome a new k [...]

  • Ella Fitzgerald-I'm beginning to see the lightWOW! This book was not what I expected it to be at all. I didn't expect to sympathize or connect to this book, because I felt like it would be JUST about basketball (Sport ,in general, are not my forte). Boy, was I wrong. This book has probably been the book I've connected to the most. Why is it that some people are born into fantastic situations and others wait their whole lives for a break?Friends and characters like Finley rarely exist in real lif [...]

  • (2/1/13) My school’s book club chose this book because the author is coming to be a speaker at the annual writing conference. It was chosen I guess so we can ask him questions about it at the conference. I also have to write a small review for the school newspaper so I’m not quite sure how I’m going to do that…Here’s the thing. I don’t like basketball. I don’t like playing it, watching it; I think it’s pretty boring. But it is a huge deal at my school. The basketball team is doin [...]

  • The book has been very thorough, its extremely detailed and only because of Matthew Quick's craft. I absolutely love it! He manages to make one verb/noun/adjective a real stand out in that particular moment, and I love that because its quick(no pun intended), filled with thought and deep with emotion. Another thing I also loved is that I could really relate to this book, since i indeed do play basketball and know all about the game. It really gave me an arousing feeling and made the book a whole [...]

  • 5 stars What made me pick Boy21 up? I've been trying to come up with the answer for about an hour now, but it's just not something I can explain, not in objective terms. It was like my spider sense was tingling or something. I only knew that this book would be something different, in a good way. I hadn't read anything by Matthew Quick before, or even heard of him. Yet everything about this book called to me. The title, the cover, the blurb - everything. When I started the book, other than it's g [...]

  • I really loved Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock by Matthew Quick, so HECK YEAH, I was up for another of his books. Boy21 was freakishly different and didn't connect with me because.etball.I don't do the sport thing. Why do people always fight over a ball? SHARE IT, FOOLS. Didn't you learn that in preschool? This is me with anything to do with sport:Yeah. No.As long as you like basketball, this book should be awesome for you, because the writing is GREAT.Matthew Quick is the master of writing! And his [...]

  • Wow. Oh. Wow.I did not know what to expect from this book. The cover didn't really appeal to me, but the gal at the Little Brown booth at IRA 2011 told me I HAD TO read it.Wow. Oh. Wow.She was right. This is a gorgeous book. A strange, wonderful, heartbreaking book. I read this in less than a day, I couldn't put it down. Once you start reading about Finley, and Erin, and Russ (who might be from space) you will not be able to stop.This book comes out in March 2012, according to the back of the Ad [...]

  • It's really hard to write something that intense about this story as the story itself - it's sad but yet full of hope, full of belief that a better life is possible, that miracles might really happen. Maybe not as spectacular as in the movies or books, however little miracles of everyday life, something to be really thankful for. Simply beautiful.

  • I didn't even read the description, I saw it was written by Mathew Quick and I started reading. Two hours later I was crying in a bathtub and screaming at my cat. This book is intense. I was quite literally hooked from the very first sentence. I started reading it at dinner and I couldn't put it down, so naturally I took it in the tub with me to continue. An hour later I was crying in freezing cold water and yelling at the kitten to shut up and stop headbutting the door. It was so good I couldn' [...]

  • I loved "The Silver Linings Playbook" film (I've seen it several times now) and wanted to read the book, but since my sister gave me this to read, I started my Matthew Quick intro with this. And I'm glad I did! The protagonist and narrator, Finley, is intriguing: terse to the point of non-verbal, because of trauma that is only hinted at and never completely revealed in graphic detail (thank goodness!) is a lovely person with which to navigate the extremely impoverished and violent world somewher [...]

  • One of my favorite novels so far this year- Boy 21 really did relate to me in many ways. Overall, I enjoyed seeing "Boy 21" develop as a person. At the start, he was trying to fit in, but as the tides turned, he ended up coaching the main character through a very tough time. It was almost as if the two characters swapped roles, and the author just changed the names at the end. This definitely made the book very interesting. If you love basketball, or sports in general, this is amazing. Not only [...]

  • Actual Rating: 2.5 StarsI have no idea what happened to this book.This book started off so incredibly. I loved the characters and their stories and complicated histories. But around the 60% point it started to move in a weird direction and the plots that had been built in the first half were wrapped up in sentence and cast aside. And the ending? It was so unrealistic and a tad ridiculous. This novel had so much potential and it crashed in the second half. And that makes me really sad, because I' [...]

  • Thank you, Matthew Quick, for writing this novel. You gave a quiet boy a voice, young love a simple but powerful image and built a beautiful story around friendship, suffering, healing and recovery. Your language was accessible but your ability to hold on to that one piece of information at just the right time meant effective storytelling. Thank you. My students will want to pick this one up once I book-talk it in class. I already know of one reluctant reader who couldn't put your pages and Finl [...]

  • Loved this book. It's both gritty and almost sweet or childishly innocent at times. Don't let the cover or title fool you; it's realistic fiction all the way. A little off the beaten path, but as the third book by Matthew Quick I've read, it's the norm! Highly recommend.

  • Boy 21 is an amazing book for all teens to read. This book contains many aspects that teenagers can relate to and aspects they enjoy reading about. Some of these include young romance, sports, drama,violence, and poverty. At first look most would think this book is purely for young teen boys interested in sports, but it's not. The story also involves a girl basketball player which would intrigue teen athletic girls. Also, this book would interest many girls with the romantic aspect between Finle [...]

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