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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Parents say No reviews yet Add your rating. That might sound simple, but also very rare and huge in life! A former teen basketball phenom from a pirvileged home, his life has been turned upside down by tragedy.

Yes, that actually happened. I didn’t even read the description, I saw it was written by Mathew Quick and I started reading. Finley and Boy 21 taught me to support and hold tight to the people in my life. I know I’m being ambiguous, but I don’t want to give anything away. We display the minimum age for which content is developmentally appropriate. Readers natthew connect with Finley, Erin, and Russ.


But as all consuming and amazing and beautiful as it can be, both Finley and Russ are forced to experience how tragedy can make anything insignificant–even your heretofore reason for living. I liked the part where Finley and Russ connected — and Russ taking a persona as Boy21 was intriguing. It was almost like the book wanted to deal with too many issues, you know?

Thinking why the world is unfair in making some rich and others poor. Gripping, heartfelt coming-of-age tale sure to hook teens. I am sure I will be happier if the story focuses down on the friendship. Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email. 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. Why do you think authors, screenwriters, readers, and film audiences find that mix effective?


I’m not saying it was necessarily too offbeat but it was different in a way I didn’t expect it to be. Yes, but with some reservations.

Boy21 by Matthew Quick – review

Rhapsody in Books Weblog. It has heart and soul and characters you just fall in love with. Matthw Finley give up what is so vital to his sanity to help someone else?

A lot of the minor characters also annoyed me. 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. OMG where is she?

Boy21 by Matthew Quick – review | Children’s books | The Guardian

Finley also has a unique nickname: Finley is the only white kid on his basketball team. It was so good I couldn’t even stop for a moment to get out of the tub. A story that, like Finley, expresses a lot in relatively few words. View all 4 comments. Like Sorta Like a Rock Star, the ending is a little too convenient to seem wholly realistic but by the time you get mathhew you are so won over by the protagonists that you are willing to forgive just about anything to believe good things can happen for them.

The whole Boy 21 space cadet stuff wasn’t entirely convincing to me, though, and his shift to suddenly articulate and suddenly okay because of basketball happens too quickly and not quite convincingly to me. But will Boy21 stop Finley’s momentum or maybe, just maybe, help him realize that looking back at the past doesn’t have to be paralyzing. But I want you matthsw know I’ll be alright. The main point of the story is just lost.


And it just felt so good finally having someone who understood me. 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. In a good way.

Review of “Boy 21” by Matthew Quick | Rhapsody in Books Weblog

Those that prefer to stay quiet [“Silence has always been my default mode-my best defense against the rest mattheww the world. And it was hard for me to be an Earthling too. Mqtthew it surprised me made me like it better, a little. Most of the friends I have now thought I was something completely opposite and not good than what I actually am before they met me.

It didn’t really go into that. I can barely describe this book without giving anything away. I adored both boys immediately!

Can Boy21 return to Earth? Sign up here to receive your FREE alerts. View all 6 comments.

It skirts around being heartbreaking but never really falls over the cliff, because the love and hope and faith of the characters keep both them and you from tumbling over the edge. Things look good for the most part.