Little, Brown & Company (March ). Basketball has always been an escape for Finley. He lives in broken-down Bellmont, a town ruled by the Irish mob. Boy21 by Matthew Quick – book cover, description, publication history. High school senior Finley has always hoped that his basketball skills will help him escape the dead-end streets of Bellmont, a racially divided.

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Boy21 presents a realistic portrayal of life as a student at a rough-and-tumble, racially divided urban high school. It also bou21 scenes on the basketball court that reveals the techniques and vocabulary of the game. One of the characters is quic, interested in astronomy, and he matthed various facts about that science. All the characters in Boy21 struggle with following their own dreams while remaining loyal to their families, teammates, and friends. The importance of family is emphasized, but with the acceptance that those closest to us are fallible and sometimes self-destructive.

In Boy21Finley doesn’t talk much, but he works hard to care for those he loves: Throughout his struggle, he demonstrates bravery, loyalty, empathy, and courage. There is some violence in Boy21but most of it occurs off-scene.

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The circumstances of Finley’s mother’s death and the crippling of his grandfather are explained late in the book. One character is badly hurt in a hit-and-run car accident, and those injuries are recognized but not dwelled upon. Finley and his long-time girlfriend Erin are devoted to each other.

Theirs is a surprisingly mature and respectful relationship. They spend a lot of time kissing and making out on the roof of Finley’s home. Finley mentions being “horny” a few times, but nothing is shown to indicate their physical relationship extends beyond making out.

In Boy21Finley makes a special point of never using profanity, even when provoked. Others around him occasionally use a smattering of swears: Finley and Erin do not drink, smoke or use drugs. One character’s older brother is a drug dealer, and Finley is forced to ride mattheq his car, which reeks of marijuana.


Finley’s father and grandfather both drink, and the older man frequently passes out with a bottle in his hand. There’s some violence, including a hit-and-run quidk accident, but it happens mostly off-scene.

Finley makes a special point of never using profanity, even when provoked, but others around him occasionally use a smattering of swears, from “hell” to “f–king,” pronounced with an “e,” in the Irish manner. Some of the adult characters smoke, drink, and use drugs, but the teen characters do not. When his coach asks him for a special favor — to look after and befriend a formidable young basketball player who seems to have suffered a mental breakdown — Finley reluctantly agrees.

The new student calls himself “Boy21” and claims to be from mahthew planet, and Finley works hard to protect him at their tough, racially divided school. But what will bpy21 to Finley’s basketball dreams if Boy21 takes his place on the team? Written with insight, empathy, and humor, BOY21 is a heartfelt coming-of-age novel. Finley’s distinctive voice grabs the reader from the very start, and his boyy21 is filled suspense, hardship, grace, and love.

Matthew Quirk, the author of Silver Linings Playbookadapts his interest in mental health issues for a YA audience, and delivers a book that will captivate teen readers, even those not particularly interested in basketball.

Boy21 is truly something special. Fanilies can talk about why excelling at sports is sometimes viewed as a ticket out of a difficult upbringing? What are the dangers of counting too heavily on athletics as a path toward success? What other books have you read or quic, have you seen that deal with serious issues quicj a sports setting?

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