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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Preview — Boy21 by Matthew Quick. Boy21 by Matthew Quick Goodreads Author. Basketball has always been an escape for Finley. He lives in gray, broken Bellmont, a town ruled by the Irish Mob, drugs, violence, and bog21 charged rivalries. But until then, when he puts on his number 21, everything seems to make sense.

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A former teen basketball phenom from matfhew 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. Hardcoverpages.

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Boy21please sign up. Hunter Could be real you don’t know. Is there a movie to this book? Aiden Fetterolf There is no movie. I wish there was though. See quic 10 questions about Boy21…. Lists with This Book. May 06, Tatiana rated it liked it Recommended to Tatiana by: 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 matthw 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 the idea of this novel. Finley’s most favorite occupation, his therapy of sorts, bo21 basketball. His goal for his last school year is just to be on the team matrhew play well. Enter Boy21, another damaged young boy, a rising basketball star, who suffers from a mental breakdown after the death of his parents. Finley is entrusted to guard and partner with Boy21 in school. And also guide him back into playing basketball, because, among other things, what Boy21 had lost is his passion for the game.

Mattew is mstthew very interesting conflict here: Should Finley booy21 Boy21 to play, knowing that he will for sure take his place on the team? Should he sacrifice his own dreams in order to save his new friend, because maybe basketball indeed has a power to heal Boy21, bring him back from the imaginary escape world he exists in now?


What is more important – your friend’s well-being or your own? To my disappointment, this conflict never really comes to the front of this novel, never develops to its full potential, never impacts the characters as strongly as it could and should have.

The book that was supposed to be about Boy21 matthww would assume, judging by the title and about the friendship bonds between the two boys is diluted and often overshadowed by the side plots – Irish mob, Finley’s girlfriend and family problems. I feel like Boy21 is a case of the writer having his fingers in too many idea pots. The main point of the story is just lost. I do not want to take away from the merits of this novel.

I admire Quick and some passages in Boy21 made my eyes tingle. But I do think this books lacks clearer focus and a better overreaching story arc.

As often is with these things, Qick am a little baffled by the suick positive critical reception of Boy It has already received some serious starred reviews from several major professional publication.

His previous YA novel – Sorta Like a Rock Star is a much more accomplished work, in my opinion, and yet it went almost unnoticed. Do I recommend Boy21? Yes, but with some reservations. View all 13 marthew.

Aug 25, Cara rated it it was amazing Shelves: 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 hoy21.

Boy21 by Matthew Quick

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 quici girlfriend Erin for basketball season.

They both are on basketball teams. Finley would follow her anywhere. One day his coach asks him a favor, to become friends from a boy out of state. Finley always listens to the coach, so he does what he says. The new guy only goes by Boy Boy21 used to play basketball but his parents have been booy21 and real life is too hard for him right now. Together Finley and Boy21 slowly but surely become friends, and this friendship changes both of them for the better.

Quick did, quite frankly, fantastic qkick the characterization of each character in this story. It’s a short book but I grew to love the characters fast. What also is done well is the setting. It’s told through Finley’s point of view so he sees his surroundings as something normal.

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I can only describe it as oby21 but not in your face gritty. Finley has come to mattuew his situation and doesn’t moan and groan about it. He is a quiet character and it’s cool to see how much he is thinking about while everyone else is talking.

Boy21 has such a great character arc in this story. It was interesting to see the correlation between Finley and Boy21 characters.

Boy21 by Matthew Quick – review

Their friendship is odd, but it works for them. The writing style is so unique and gives the perfect atmosphere for this story. I can see how the cover could be off putting to some people because it’s not that appealing, but I would have to say it fits the story.

I wouldn’t change it. I was sure this book was going to become a new favorite, but the book took a turn I didn’t expect. It wasn’t bad, but I wish I had seen if the story had panned out another way.

I know I’m being ambiguous, but I don’t want to give anything away. I think I need to re-read this, scratch that I know I should re-read this. It’s a book about unlikely friendships, overcoming obstacles, and seizing hope. View all 14 comments.

This one had a great story and an mathew message. If you have just finished a monotonous read and need a quick pick me up only 5 hours unabridged audiothis is worth giving a try. It has some light-heartedness. I has some despair. I finished this book in the middle of a 6 mile 4th of July race time – 1: View all 6 comments.

Q, is for Quick 1. 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 Boy211 GoI 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 based Q, is for Quick 1.

I mentioned in a recent review The Knife of Never Letting GoI 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 based on this timing. Quick lost me entirely. By the time he got around to sharing the “big reveal” I no longer gave a shit about it, it was too little too late by that point.