Boy21 by Matthew Quick

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Boy21 is an excellent book because it makes you feel like you’re in the shoes of Finley.
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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 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 pirvileged 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.
 

About Matthew Quick

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In the six months that followed his leaving teaching and the Philadelphia area, Matthew Quick floated down the Peruvian Amazon and formed 'The Bardbarians' (a two-man literary circle), backpacked around Southern Africa, hiked to the bottom of a snowy Grand Canyon, soul-searched, and finally began writing full-time. Matthew earned his Creative Writing MFA through Goddard College. He has since returned to the Philadelphia area, where he lives with his wife and their greyhound.
 
Published March 5, 2012 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers. 252 pages
Genres: Action & Adventure, Sports & Outdoors, Literature & Fiction, Children's Books. Fiction
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Above average
Reviewed by Jocelyn Arrazola on Mar 16 2012

Boy21 is an excellent book because it makes you feel like you’re in the shoes of Finley.

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Reviewed by Jocelyn Arrazola on Mar 16 2012

I recommend this book to an older audience (12 and up) because of the subject matter. The book is a book for girls and boys to read so if you think you’re interested in the book then you picked a good choice. Have fun reading Boy21.

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