Little, Brown & Company (March ). Basketball has always been an escape for Finley. He lives in broken-down Bellmont, a town ruled by the Irish mob. Boy21 by Matthew Quick – book cover, description, publication history. High school senior Finley has always hoped that his basketball skills will help him escape the dead-end streets of Bellmont, a racially divided.

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He wants to be called Boy 21 and says he will be taken into space by his parents by October. View all 4 comments. I can barely describe this book without giving anything away.

Goodreads is the world’s largest site for readers with over 50 million reviews. But I do think this books lacks clearer focus and a better overreaching story arc.

I believe with all my heart that we bump into and find people in this world when we need them the most. Finley was one of the only white boys in the slummy town he grew up in, but that didn’t stop him from playing basketball.

Fanilies can talk about why excelling at sports is sometimes viewed as a ticket out of a difficult upbringing? Finley’s distinctive voice grabs the reader from the very start, and his story is filled suspense, hardship, grace, and love. Finley’s entire life is basketball and he trains tirelessly even though he’s nowhere near the best player on the team.

Boy21 Book Review

Should Finley encourage Boy21 to play, knowing that he will for sure take his place on the team? Quick did, quite frankly, fantastic with the characterization of each character in this story. As his dad says, effort can outwork talent.


To not judge, because I’m truly in no position to do so and to get to know the person before I make wrong perceptions of them.

Russ, a former basketball phenomenon, has just lost both his parents to a brutal murder. Or is supposed to be about.

Leave a Reply Cancel reply Enter your comment here When we need a push or hand, life seems to provide inspiration or help in one form or another. Both Lucky and Finley have a sort of innocence about them. I just want to get out of here.

Another reviewer said that it was refreshing to read a book about male marthew, and I completely agree. I really enjoyed this book and know a lot of my students will, too.

The writing seemed very amateur and boring at times. Enter Boy21, another damaged young boy, a rising basketball star, who suffers from a mental breakdown after the death of his parents. Family relationships are well-drawn, and foreshadowing is effective without being predictable. When Finley first met Boy21, Finley thought he was weird.

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Finely was the only white in his school. Finley and Boy 21 taught me to support and hold tight to the people in my life. I honestly feel like me and Finley are one and the same except I’m a g Rating: Seemingly driven insane by the tragedy, Russ only answers to Boy21, and insists he is from outer space, an alien sent to earth.


Q, is for Quick 1. Finley, as a favour to his basketball coach, befriends Russ, and as their relationship grows, discovers that Russ may be the friend he has been looking for.

I found Russ to be very interesting, and I would have liked to see him and Finley develop a stronger bond of trust and friendship. Readers will connect with Finley, Erin, and Russ. This review originally appeared on Young Adult Anonymous. Media reporter, reviewer, producer, guest booker, blogger. Finley mentions being “horny” a few times, but nothing is shown to indicate their physical relationship extends beyond making out.

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It was hard for me to talk – too hard. Aug 25, Cara rated it it was amazing Shelves: It took me a while to work out that there’s a lot of racial wars going on in this book. It was interesting to see the correlation between Finley and Boy21 characters.

Boy21 by Matthew Quick – review

Can Finley give up what is so vital to his sanity to help someone else? By continuing matfhew use this website, you agree to their use. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Crazy for Young A View all 7 comments. Can Boy21 return to Earth? Boy21 has such a great character arc in this story.