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Boy is a Book As seen on The ReadventurerThere is not nearly enough YA books about friendships For some strange reason romantic relationships are promoted as more important While I agree that at

Boy21 is a Book As seen on The ReadventurerThere is not nearly enough YA books about friendships. For some strange reason, romantic relationships are promoted as more important. While I agree that at some point in life you do meet that special person who becomes your partner in everything, up until that point it is friends that help you out, support you, accompany you through life.Friendship, the healing, supporting, non-judgmental type of friendship, is what Boy21 is about. Or is supposed to be about.I love the idea of this novel. Imagine Finley, a reserved high school senior with some serious darkness in his past, whose only friend is his girlfriend/soulmate Erin. Finley's most favorite occupation, his therapy of sorts, is basketball. His goal for his last school year is just to be on the team and play well. Enter Boy21, another damaged young boy, a rising basketball star, who suffers from a mental breakdown after the death of his parents. Finley is entrusted to guard and partner with Boy21 in school. And also guide him back into playing basketball, because, among other things, what Boy21 had lost is his passion for the game.There is a very interesting conflict here: Should Finley encourage Boy21 to play, knowing that he will for sure take his place on the team? Should he sacrifice his own dreams in order to save his new friend, because maybe basketball indeed has a power to heal Boy21, bring him back from the imaginary escape world he exists in now? What is more important - your friend's well-being or your own ?To my disappointment, this conflict never really comes to the front of this novel, never develops to its full potential, never impacts the characters as strongly as it could and should have. The book that was supposed to be about Boy21 (you would assume, judging by the title) and about the friendship bonds between the two boys is diluted and often overshadowed by the side plots - Irish mob, Finley's girlfriend and family problems. In the end, only maybe 25% of the book is about friendship, and the rest - just everything else. I feel like Boy21 is a case of the writer having his fingers in too many (idea) pots. The main point of the story is just lost.I do not want to take away from the merits of this novel. I admire Quick and some passages in Boy21 made my eyes tingle. But I do think this books lacks clearer focus and a better overreaching story arc.As often is with these things, I am a little baffled by the overwhelmingly positive critical reception of Boy21. It has already received some serious starred reviews from several major professional publication. His previous YA novel - Sorta Like a Rock Star is a much more accomplished work, in my opinion, and yet it went almost unnoticed.Do I recommend Boy21? Yes, but with some reservations. However, I do wholeheartedly recommend Matthew Quick's Sorta Like a Rock Star.. Basketball has always been an escape for Finley He lives in gray, broken Bellmont, a town ruled by the Irish Mob, drugs, violence, and racially charged rivalries At home, he takes care of his disabled grandfather, and at school he s called White Rabbit , the only white kid on the varsity basketball team He s always dreamed of getting out somehow with his girlfriend, ErBasketball has always been an escape for Finley He lives in gray, broken Bellmont, a town ruled by the Irish Mob, drugs, violence, and racially charged rivalries At home, he takes care of his disabled grandfather, and at school he s called White Rabbit , the only white kid on the varsity basketball team He s always dreamed of getting out somehow with his girlfriend, Erin But until then, when he puts on his number 21, everything seems to make sense.Russ has just moved to the neighborhood A former teen basketball phenom from a privileged home, his life has been turned upside down by tragedy Cut off from everyone he knows, he now answers only to the name Boy21 his former jersey number and has an unusual obsession with outer space.As their final year of high school brings these two boys together, Boy21 may turn out to be the answer they both need.. Bestseller Book Boy21 What a peculiar book. I'm not saying it was necessarily too offbeat but it was different in a way I didn't expect it to be. In a good way. In an excellent way actually. Finley is heading into his senior year. Things look good for the most part. As good as things can be with living in Belmont--a town run by the Irish mob. He's been training all summer with his girlfriend Erin for basketball season. They both are on basketball teams. Erin is a star on the girls’ team and is pinning her hopes on getting a basketball scholarship. Finley would follow her anywhere. He is the point guard on the boys’ team, and though he's not good enough to get into a college team he needs basketball like air. One day his coach asks him a favor, to become friends from a boy out of state. Finley always listens to the coach, so he does what he says. The new guy only goes by Boy21. Boy21 used to play basketball but his parents have been murdered and real life is too hard for him right now. Together Finley and Boy21 slowly but surely become friends, and this friendship changes both of them for the better.Quick did, quite frankly, fantastic with the characterization of each character in this story. It's a short book but I grew to love the characters fast. What also is done well is the setting. It's told through Finley's point of view so he sees his surroundings as something normal. I can only describe it as gritty but not in your face gritty. Finley has come to accept his situation and doesn't moan and groan about it. He is a quiet character and it's cool to see how much he is thinking about while everyone else is talking. Boy21 has such a great character arc in this story. He goes from being fragile to strong and becomes an important person in Finley’s life. It was interesting to see the correlation between Finley and Boy21 characters. Their friendship is odd, but it works for them. The writing style is so unique and gives the perfect atmosphere for this story.I can see how the cover could be off putting to some people because it's not that appealing, but I would have to say it fits the story. I wouldn't change it. I was sure this book was going to become a new favorite, but the book took a turn I didn't expect. It wasn't bad, but I wish I had seen if the story had panned out another way. I know I'm being ambiguous, but I don't want to give anything away.I think I need to re-read this, scratch that I know I should re-read this. It's a book about unlikely friendships, overcoming obstacles, and seizing hope. Most of all it’s about how the most important thing you need to hold on to is people.
Boy by Matthew Quick Jan , Boy book Read , reviews from the world s largest community for readers Basketball has always been an escape for Finley He lives in gray, broken Boy Summary and Study Guide SuperSummary Boy tells the story of Finley McManus, the only white student on his high school s varsity basketball team Finley narrates this piece of young adult fiction that deals with the violence and, tangentially, the racism prevalent within American society. Boy Quick, Matthew Books Boy 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 is from a hard working poor white family in a rapidly disintegrating neighborhood run by black drug dealers and Irish mob thugs. Boy Book Review Common Sense Media Mar , Parents need to know that Boy in a gripping coming of age novel about love, friendship, madness, and basketball by Matthew Quirk, the author of Silver Linings Playbook, who adapts his interest in mental health issues for a YA audience There s some violence, including a hit and run car accident, but it happens mostly off scene. Reasons to read Boy This book has many reasons to read it It is a love story, between two friends It s a friendship with two people that come from different worlds It has a little sadness and grief, and it also has a Charactors Page Boy In Boy there are three main characters, and their names are Findly, Erin, Russ.

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    Matthew Quick is the New York Times bestselling author of THE SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK, which was made into an Oscar winning film THE GOOD LUCK OF RIGHT NOW LOVE MAY FAIL THE REASON YOU RE ALIVE and four young adult novels SORTA LIKE A ROCK STAR BOY21 FORGIVE ME, LEONARD PEACOCK and EVERY EXQUISITE THING His work has been translated into than thirty languages, received a PEN Hemingway Award Honorable Mention, was an LA Times Book Prize finalist, a New York Times Book Review Editors Choice, a 1 bestseller in Brazil, a Deutscher Jugendliteratur Preis 2016 German Youth Literature Prize nominee, and selected by Nancy Pearl as one of Summer s Best Books for NPR The Hollywood Reporter has named him one of Hollywood s 25 Most Powerful Authors All of his books have been optioned for film.

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  • As seen on The ReadventurerThere is not nearly enough YA books about friendships For some strange reason, romantic relationships are promoted as important While I agree that at some point in life you do meet that special person who becomes your partner in everything, up until that point it is friends that help you out, support you, accompany you through life.Friendship, the healing, supporting, non judgmental type of friendship, is what Boy21 is about Or is supposed to be about.I love the idea [...]

  • What a peculiar book I m not saying it was necessarily too offbeat but it was different in a way I didn t expect it to be In a good way In an excellent way actually Finley is heading into his senior year Things look good for the most part As good as things can be with living in Belmont a town run by the Irish mob He s been training all summer with his girlfriend Erin for basketball season They both are on basketball teams Erin is a star on the girls team and is pinning her hopes on getting a bas [...]

  • I think this is now my second favorite Matthew Quick book behind Silver Linings Playbook The last one of his I read was so weird The Good Luck of Right Now that I don t even remember what it was about This one had a great story and an interesting message If you have just finished a monotonous read and need a quick pick me up only 5 hours unabridged audio , this is worth giving a try.It has some light heartedness I has some despair It has comedy It has tragedy Side note I finished this book in th [...]

  • Going into this book I thought it was going to be a story about friendship, and how that changes each boy s life, but I was very disappointed It felt like the friendship was never given the chance to develop, and was almost an afterthought, and not the central theme of the story like the synopsis seemed to suggest.I liked Finley, and I felt for his struggles, and his work ethic I liked that not being a star basketball player didn t keep Finley from working harder than the anyone else on the team [...]

  • Q, is for Quick1.5 StarsYou can lose yourself in repetition quiet your thoughts I learned the value of this at a very young age.Boy21 is my second Matthew Quick novel, and as far as comparability goes I have to say that I liked Silver Linings Playbook much than this one I mentioned in a recent review The Knife of Never Letting Go, I 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 timin [...]

  • 4.5 Stars You don t always get to pick the role you re going to play in life, but it s good to play whatever role you got the best way you can Fate and its fun little twists can bring people together When we need a push or hand, life seems to provide inspiration or help in one form or another I believe with all my heart that we bump into and find people in this world when we need them the most No matter how far we have to go through time, land, space, or high school In Matthew Quick s Boy 21, tw [...]

  • 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.After being so impressed by the first book I read from Quick, I admit I had incredibly high expectations for this one and because of this it was hard to give it a fair shot as it simply wasn t quite as good as Leonard Peacock Don t get me wrong, this was still an excellent piece of writing [...]

  • Finley s entire life is basketball and he trains tirelessly even though he s nowhere near the best player on the team As his dad says, effort can outwork talent Basketball consumes his every waking thought and he wouldn t have it any other way Without basketball and the team he d have too much time to remember all of the things he s desperate to forget Russ is new to town, a basketball phenom who s love of the game died with his parents Now he s calling himself Boy21, saying he s an alien life f [...]

  • Rating 5 StarsMy Opinion Of This Book Absolutely stunning book ______________________________________________I wasn t really expecting much from this book since the blurb sounded pretty strange, but my goodness did this book blow my mind Everything about this book was fabulousE GOOD Finley Finley is our main character Instantly, there was this connected and when I say instantly , I mean from like chapter 1 I honestly feel like me and Finley are one and the same except I m a girl, obviously At sc [...]

  • This review said EVERYTHING I wanted to say While I mostly thought it was a good concept of friendship, as well as personal conflict of love and basketball, alas, I was disappointed to feel that the conflict and the idea never really fully developed The friendship was overshadowed I never really got to see Finley and Russ connecting over basketball Plus the Irish mob plot was a bit too much for me to completely enjoyed this book Too many things at once I am sure I will be happier if the story fo [...]

  • I think I have some sort of crying disorder Seriously 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.Next thing I know, I will be crying at heartwarming television commercials.Oh wait, that s already happened I need to read something funny, like NOW Real review later This will be a good one for reluctant teen readers who want something both unusual and serious that doesn t talk down to them I edited th [...]

  • I just finished reading this again as a read aloud I love this book 10 17 12 Review originally posted at Y.A LovePlain and simple, Boy21 is a GREAT book I was on the search for a quality read aloud for my freshmen English classes, so I picked up Boy21 on a whim I wanted to read it anyway, but I kept thinking about my 3rd hour freshmen class that s primarily boys who don t enjoy reading Boy21 seemed like the perfect fit for them, so I went with my hunch and started reading it As soon as I read th [...]

  • Honestly the only reason why I picked up another Matthew Quick novel was because of Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock.It was one of my favourites back in 2015 and the brilliance of that book made me pick up another book by the same author Thankfully I was not disappointed I mean yeah this novel isn t as amazing as the other but still, it was good Boy21 follows Finely, an 18 year old boy who plays basketball and his jersey number is 21 He has a girlfriend named Erin who also plays basketball and they b [...]

  • My first Quick book, and it turned out far differently than I thought it would The main character is Finley, Irish, a Philadelphia high school senior, rough neighborhood, who lives with his Dad and legless Grandpa Who knows where Mom went Finley doesn t really talk a lot, but he plays basketball and has a girlfriend he likes to make out with constantly He s the one white kid on his black bball team One day his black coach asks white Finley to help him successfully help welcome a new kid Russ, wh [...]

  • Ella Fitzgerald I m beginning to see the lightWOW This book was not what I expected it to be at all 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 Boy, was I wrong This book has probably been the book I ve connected to the most Why is it that some people are born into fantastic situations and others wait their whole lives for a break Friends and characters like Finley rarely exist in real life Those [...]

  • 2 1 13 My school s book club chose this book because the author is coming to be a speaker at the annual writing conference It was chosen I guess so we can ask him questions about it at the conference I also have to write a small review for the school newspaper so I m not quite sure how I m going to do that Here s the thing I don t like basketball I don t like playing it, watching it I think it s pretty boring But it is a huge deal at my school The basketball team is doing really well so I hear a [...]

  • The book has been very thorough, its extremely detailed and only because of Matthew Quick s craft I absolutely love it He manages to make one verb noun adjective a real stand out in that particular moment, and I love that because its quick no pun intended , filled with thought and deep with emotion Another thing I also loved is that I could really relate to this book, since i indeed do play basketball and know all about the game It really gave me an arousing feeling and made the book a whole dif [...]

  • 5 stars What made me pick Boy21 up I ve been trying to come up with the answer for about an hour now, but it s just not something I can explain, not in objective terms It was like my spider sense was tingling or something I only knew that this book would be something different, in a good way I hadn t read anything by Matthew Quick before, or even heard of him Yet everything about this book called to me The title, the cover, the blurb everything When I started the book, other than it s going to b [...]

  • I really loved Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock by Matthew Quick, so HECK YEAH, I was up for another of his books Boy21 was freakishly different and didn t connect with me because.etball.I don t do the sport thing Why do people always fight over a ball SHARE IT, FOOLS Didn t you learn that in preschool This is me with anything to do with sport Yeah No.As long as you like basketball, this book should be awesome for you, because the writing is GREAT.Matthew Quick is the master of writing And his charac [...]

  • Wow Oh Wow.I did not know what to expect from this book The cover didn t really appeal to me, but the gal at the Little Brown booth at IRA 2011 told me I HAD TO read it.Wow Oh Wow.She was right This is a gorgeous book A strange, wonderful, heartbreaking book I read this in less than a day, I couldn t put it down Once you start reading about Finley, and Erin, and Russ who might be from space you will not be able to stop.This book comes out in March 2012, according to the back of the Advanced Copy [...]

  • It s really hard to write something that intense about this story as the story itself it s sad but yet full of hope, full of belief that a better life is possible, that miracles might really happen Maybe not as spectacular as in the movies or books, however little miracles of everyday life, something to be really thankful for Simply beautiful.

  • I didn t even read the description, I saw it was written by Mathew Quick and I started reading Two hours later I was crying in a bathtub and screaming at my cat This book is intense I was quite literally hooked from the very first sentence 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 An hour later I was crying in freezing cold water and yelling at the kitten to shut up and stop headbutting the door It was so good I couldn t even [...]

  • I loved The Silver Linings Playbook film I ve seen it several times now and wanted to read the book, but since my sister gave me this to read, I started my Matthew Quick intro with this And I m glad I did The protagonist and narrator, Finley, is intriguing terse to the point of non verbal, because of trauma that is only hinted at and never completely revealed in graphic detail thank goodness is a lovely person with which to navigate the extremely impoverished and violent world somewhere in blue [...]

  • One of my favorite novels so far this year Boy 21 really did relate to me in many ways Overall, I enjoyed seeing Boy 21 develop as a person At the start, he was trying to fit in, but as the tides turned, he ended up coaching the main character through a very tough time It was almost as if the two characters swapped roles, and the author just changed the names at the end This definitely made the book very interesting If you love basketball, or sports in general, this is amazing Not only does it t [...]

  • Actual Rating 2.5 StarsI have no idea what happened to this book.This book started off so incredibly I loved the characters and their stories and complicated histories But around the 60% point it started to move in a weird direction and the plots that had been built in the first half were wrapped up in sentence and cast aside And the ending It was so unrealistic and a tad ridiculous This novel had so much potential and it crashed in the second half And that makes me really sad, because I ve love [...]

  • Thank you, Matthew Quick, for writing this novel You gave a quiet boy a voice, young love a simple but powerful image and built a beautiful story around friendship, suffering, healing and recovery Your language was accessible but your ability to hold on to that one piece of information at just the right time meant effective storytelling Thank you My students will want to pick this one up once I book talk it in class I already know of one reluctant reader who couldn t put your pages and Finley s [...]

  • Loved this book It s both gritty and almost sweet or childishly innocent at times Don t let the cover or title fool you it s realistic fiction all the way A little off the beaten path, but as the third book by Matthew Quick I ve read, it s the norm Highly recommend.

  • Boy 21 is an amazing book for all teens to read This book contains many aspects that teenagers can relate to and aspects they enjoy reading about Some of these include young romance, sports, drama,violence, and poverty At first look most would think this book is purely for young teen boys interested in sports, but it s not The story also involves a girl basketball player which would intrigue teen athletic girls Also, this book would interest many girls with the romantic aspect between Finley and [...]

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