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ISBN13: 9780316127967
ISBN10: 0316127965
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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.

About the Author

Matthew Quick (aka Q) is the author of The Silver Linings Playbook (Sarah Crichton Books / Farrar, Straus and Giroux) and three young adult novels, Sorta Like a Rock Star, Boy21, and Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock (Little, Brown and Co.). His work has received many honors--including a PEN/Hemingway Award Honorable Mention--been translated into many languages, and called "beautiful...first-rate" by The New York Times Book Review. The Weinstein Company and David O. Russell have adapted The Silver Linings Playbook into a film starring Robert De Niro, Bradley Cooper, and Jennifer Lawrence. Matthew lives in Massachusetts with his wife, novelist Alicia Bessette. His website is

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Beverly B, August 11, 2013 (view all comments by Beverly B)
Boy21 is a strong and memorable story of true friendship between two high school seniors who have nothing in common (well almost nothing, but the reader doesn't find out what it is until the end.) Finley and Russ live in a a rapidly disintegrating neighborhood run by black drug dealers and Irish mob thugs. Other than playing on the same basketball team, they have little contact with each other or their teammates. Their awkward, uncomfortable friendship is endearing and authentic. They have each others back while rarely having a normal conversation. I liked all the characters in Boy21, even the scary drug dealing older brother of the team's star center. He sees that Finley sincerely cares about what is best for Russ and out of respect, promises to protect Finley because, "You good people. You got what the old people call character." Yes, Finley does and so does Russ. Being the only white kid on his basketball team gives Finley several casual friends, but he has never had a best friend. Then his coach introduces him to the new kid in town - wealthy, privileged basketball super-star Russ. Russ has suffered an unimaginable tragedy and is coping with it by acting looney-tunes and refusing to touch a basketball. Coach asks Finley to take care of Russ and convince him to join the team. Finley knows if Russ joins the team, his chances of playing will disappear along with his dreams of using basketball to escape his dreary town and life. He also suspects Russ is not emotionally ready to pick up the pieces of his old life, and he questions if Coach is more concerned with Russ' well being or winning a state championship. We should all be, and have, friends like Finley and Russ.
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Quick, Matthew
Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Children s-General
Boys / Men
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from 7 up to 17
8.25 x 5.5 x 0.75 in 0.55 lb
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from 12 up to 99

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