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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But until then, when he puts on his number 21, everything seems to make sense. I need to read Silver Linings since I did really like the movie.

By continuing to use this website, you agree to their use. The days pass very slowly and super fast at the same time. Goodreads is the world’s largest site for readers with over 50 million reviews. Finley’s father and grandfather both drink, and the older man frequently passes out with a bottle in his hand.

He’s always dreamed matthww getting out somehow with his girlfriend, Erin.

Like Sorta Like a Rock Star, the ending is a little too convenient to seem wholly realistic but by qucik time you get there 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.

You only get to know so much. That might sound simple, but also very rare and huge in life! View all 17 comments.

Boy21 by Matthew Quick

But sometimes the person you least expect can give you the courage to face what’s gone before Russ has an obsession with space and refers to himself as Boy21, but he and Finley pair up well. His family was interesting, and well developed, but I spent most of the book wondering what had traumatized him, and when it was finally revealed it felt a bit too soap opera to be believed. Feb 01, Owen rated it it was ok. I highly recommend this one! His earliest memory is playing basketball in the backyard with the neighbor girl, Erin, and working hard to please his dad and his pops.


I don’t do the sport thing. Everything about this book was fabulous. Oh wait, that’s already happened. When his coach asks him for a special favor — to look after and befriend a formidable young basketball player who seems to have suffered a mental breakdown — Finley reluctantly agrees.

Boy21 by Matthew Quick – review

Want to tell the world about a book you’ve read? The writing style is so unique and gives the perfect atmosphere for this story. I have to admit, I didn’t think I would enjoy this book. A former teen basketball phenom from a privileged home, his life has been turned upside down by tragedy. 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.

Russ has just moved to the matthrw. And after his speech, I quicm I probably will read Silver Linings Playbook, but after the hype dies down because, you know, my inner hipster and all. But he didn’t ever tick me off. Want personalized picks that fit your family? I started reading it at dinner and I couldn’t put it down, so naturally I took it in the tub with me to continue.

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. D This book inspired me to finally pick up Harry Potter. Two hours later I was crying in a bathtub and screaming at my cat. The force was pure, awe inspiring and dazzling! I love that they go through a lot of things, being so young and living in a rough and mob-run town, but they still plan a life together.


Then, of course, there’s “Boy21” or Russ You give people strength just by being you. Quick lost me entirely. Boy 21 Russ is trying to survive and grieve the loss of his parents.

Russ, a former basketball phenomenon, has just lost both his parents to magthew brutal murder. Plus the Irish mob plot was a bit too much for me to completely enjoyed this book. White Rabbit because he’s the only white boy on the basketball team.

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. As soon as I read the first couple chapters I knew I made the right decision. Prophecy of the Eagle I.

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The characters in this book have their tragedies and vulnerable emotional moments, both big and small, and it’s all very authentic, but c’mon.