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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I absolutely love it! Funny how the book alluded to and directly mentioned “Harry Potter. Don’t tell any Muggles, okay? Thank you for your support. It’s about basketball, growing up in the hood, mental health, family, relationships, integrity, the final frontier, and soo much else.

Boy21 by Matthew Quick – review

I put off reading this forever. Quick is brilliant at writing in the voice of troubled teenagers, especially those who are different, and showing them grow throughout the story. Finley has come to accept his situation and doesn’t moan and groan about it. It didn’t really go into matthwe. It also features scenes on the basketball court that reveals the techniques and vocabulary of the game. From the blurbs I thought: And after his speech, I decided I matyhew will read Silver Linings Playbook, but after the hype dies down because, you know, my inner hipster and all.

It really gave me an arousing feeling and mattew the book a whole The book has been very thorough, its extremely detailed and only because of Matthew Quick’s craft. Finley makes a special point of never using profanity, even when provoked, but others around him occasionally use a smattering of swears, from “hell” to “f–king,” pronounced with an “e,” in the Irish manner.

Most of the friends I have now thought I was something completely opposite and not good than what I actually am mattthew they met me. I didn’t lie to people. Thank you so much, Ladies.

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For Your Family Log in Sign me up. In fact, aimed at such an impressionable audience it’s even more important to show what a difference a kind word and an offer of friendship can bring to the life of someone who is traumatised and broken.

May 24, MLE rated it it was ok Shelves: Erin, who is his girlfriend, is trying to explain to Finley why the troubled Boy21 likes him:. He seems a little nuts, okay, but maybe you would be, too if your parents were murdered.

Boy21 | Matthew Quick

Return to Book Page. Russ, a former basketball phenomenon, has just lost both his parents to a brutal murder. So everyone at my school loves the basketball team, it is one of the more popular sports there. And the young boy, Finley, is a doll. VERY tight, and I love quicm. Okay, I hate that cover, and I have to admit I would have been judging by that alone.

Common Sense is a nonprofit organization. I hate that there was no comeuppance for the coach. Great Boy Role Models. I love that they qujck through a lot of things, being so young and living in a rough and mob-run town, but they still plan a life together.

But Coach has just asked Finley for a favor. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Aiden Fetterolf There is no movie. We use cookies to give you the best possible experience.

The threat Finley, and his family felt, and the fear they had felt real. The new student calls himself “Boy21” and claims to be from another planet, and Finley works hard to protect him at their tough, racially divided school. With big letters, a slightly simplistic form of storytelling and a low page number this is definitely a novel aimed at a younger audience, but that doesn’t make the themes of acceptance and friendship that run through it any less valid. Notify me of new comments via email.

Finley is the only white kid on his basketball team. You are commenting using your WordPress. By clicking on “Submit” you agree that you have read and agree to the Privacy Policy and Terms of Service. A very powerful read filled with the magic of friendship, basketball, healing, and glow in the dark stars! As his dad says, effort can outwork talent. It is one I will not forget any time soon. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to Rhapsody In Books with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.


Basketball consumes his every waking thought and he wouldn’t have it any other way. Not the best assignment to give a young boy, but it seemed to work for these two who drew pretty close, shared some of their life’s stories only with each other, and developed a friendship that is honest and good for both boys. It can change in an instant. White Rabbit because he’s the only white boy on the basketball team. Once the “accident” occurs, I will not go into specifics, because then I would have to mark it as a spoiler the theme shifts completely to dealing with the accident and the people behind it, which reminds Finley of that thing that should not be talked about.

I appreciate the John Green comment too. It’s a good ending for the story, but maybe one that I didn’t quite believe would happen.

I feel like this is one everyone should read. Nonetheless, Finley and the heartfelt moments overshadow this error and I recommend Boy21 to everyone. Instantly, there was this connected – and when I say ‘instantly’, I mean from like chapter 1.