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.