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Grades 9 - 12Grade 5n/a4.952712

You can lose yourself in repetition--quiet your thoughts; I learned the value of this at a very young age.Basketball has always been an escape for Finley. He lives in broken-down Bellmont, a town ruled by the Irish mob, drugs, violence, and racially charged rivalries. At home, his dad works nights, and Finley is left to take care of his disabled grandfather alone. He's always dreamed of getting out someday, but until he can, putting on that number 21 jersey makes everything seem okay.

Russ has just moved to the neighborhood, and the life of this teen basketball phenom has been turned upside down by tragedy. Cut off from everyone he knows, he won't pick up a basketball, but answers only to the name Boy21--taken from his former jersey number.
As their final year of high school brings these two boys together, a unique friendship may turn out to be the answer they both need.
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published on March 5, 2012 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
ISBN-10: 0316127973
ISBN-13: 9780316127974
3 Book Reviews
  • carolinemercwtf
    carolinemercwtf7 months44 starsFeatured
    I read Boy21 by Matthew Quick. Boy 21 is a realistic fiction book. The topics addressed in this story are basketball, grief, family, love, and friendship. Finley the main character has a love for basketball and is the starting point guard for his team. Russ, a basketball star, is moving to Finleys school to live with his grandparents because Russ’s parents died. Russ and Finley become friends, they face multiple problems as friends including jealousy, love, and Russ’s weird obsession with his parents and outer space. Finley has a girlfriend named Erin who tries to help Russ and Finley but they end up facing problems. Finley learns not to be selfish with his skill and love for basketball and his girlfriend. This story was well written but the problems that the characters face are dragged out for a bit too long. This was a good read and I would say a ⅘. I would recommend this book to my friends who have a love for a sport. It would be really relatable for them. - Caroline
    • roygbv
      roygbvover 6 yearsFeatured
      Boy 21 by:Matthew Quick Have you a ever wondered what it is like to live in a neighborhood full of drug dealers, being one of the many white kids in the community. Well the kid in a book called Boy 21 by Matthew Quick, lives this life. Although all of these problems might be distracting, this boy named Finley, keeps himself away from all of these problems by playing his favorite sport, basketball. This is a great book because as I read on, the story was getting better and better. In this book, Finley is a high schooler that plays on the basketball varsity team and he has a girlfriend named Erin who also plays basketball. Finley lives in a neighborhood ruled by drugs, violence, and Irish mobs. His nickname is "White Rabbit" because he is, well white and he eats a lot of carrots. Everything was normal until Finley's coach tells him to help a new kid named Russ, who came to this school after a family tragedy and use to be a basketball star. Now Russ is called "Boy21". Finley has to help Russ even if it means giving up some things. Later on in the book, the two boys realize that Russ coming to the school was a good thing. I really enjoyed reading this book but in the beginning of the book, it was a little inappropriate but other than that, the book was great. I mostly loved when the author makes you infer what will happen next in this book. I'd say that this book is a real page turner because the author kept pulling the reader in about every other page. Mathew Quick is a 42 year old man who is most known for writing a bestselling book called "The Silver Linings Playbook". I believe that this book is kind of unique in its own way. I don't think that any other book was like this one. And the kind of people who would like to read this book are people who like a little bit of drama and sports and the age group for this book would be 13 and up.
      • bballo14
        bballo14over 9 years55 stars
        Best book ever!!!!!!!😄🏀