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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Boy21 by Matthew Quick – review

We are both fans of his. Nonetheless, Finley and the heartfelt moments overshadow this error and I recommend Boy21 to everyone.

Yes, that actually happened. Both Finley and Russ hide within themselves, but communicate and show their emotions in different ways. One day his coach asks him a favor, to become friends from a boy out of state.

He also has a 4. One day his black coach asks white Finley to help him successfully help welcome a new kid Russ, who is relocating from the west to the east coast, a much sought after point guard whose parents have been murdered. He’s dealing with trauma. Do children sometimes bear the burden of their parents’ offenses against a community? They think that with a kindhearted friend like Finley this may be possible. It was hard for me to talk – too hard.

Russ could change everything for Finley, both for better and for worse. But what will happen boj21 Finley’s basketball dreams if Boy21 takes his place on the team? The summary and the title seem to argue that the story will be all about the friendship between Finley and Boy21, and part of it is, but not enough. Hardcoverpages.


Seemingly driven insane by the tragedy, Russ only answers to Boy21, and insists he is from outer space, an alien sent to earth. I wonder if I own it. As often is with these things, I am a little baffled by the mahthew positive critical reception of Boy I honestly feel like me and Uqick are one and the same except I’m a g Rating: Can Boy21 return to Earth?

Just know though, I spent the last thirty pages in tears. When Finley first met Boy21, Finley thought he was weird.

BOY21 by Matthew Quick | Kirkus Reviews

The main character is Finley, Irish, a Philadelphia high school senior, rough neighborhood, who lives with his Dad and legless Grandpa. Continue reading Show less. I won’t tell you how it ends, but it’ll leave you wanting to laugh and cry, and missing the characters after you’ve finished the last page.

Aug 25, Cara rated it it was amazing Shelves: I just want to get out of here. That’s just a story. It has some light-heartedness. I need to read something funny, like NOW. He is surprised but willing quck his coach introduces him to Russ Washington and asks Finley to look after him.

There was even a scene in which Matthea left to join the Witness Protection program or something and Finley is like: He answers only to Boy21, claims to be from outer space, and also has a past he wants to escape.


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. The narrator is Finely, and he doesn’t talk much.


Two hours later I was crying in a bathtub and screaming at my cat. Because of the judgement I received, I try to be more like Finley to this day. His life is terrible, but then a letter arrives, he gets on a train, and everything is different for him afterward.

He was the only black kid on an all white team. Matthew Quick wrote Silver Qucik Playbookand you can recognize many of its same qualities in this terrific book: At school and everywhere I go, I am the kid who never talks and everyone just finds the things I like and don’t like to be matthwe. Tyree Hornbeck 1 4 Dec 05, Finley’s entire life is basketball and he trains tirelessly even though he’s nowhere near the best player on the team.

The main point of the story is just lost. For Russ, Finley is at first a confidant, a trusted “Earthling” who knows of Russ’s plans to journey back to the cosmos, but soon becomes Russ’s real friend, to whom he can reveal his true self, and his painful past.