!!> Reading ➽ Boy21 ➶ Author Matthew Quick – Girlnailart.us

Boy21You 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.

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

!!> Reading ➽ Boy21 ➶ Author Matthew Quick – Girlnailart.us
  • Paperback
  • 272 pages
  • Boy21
  • Matthew Quick
  • English
  • 04 March 2018
  • 9780316127967

10 thoughts on “Boy21

  1. says:

    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 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 Fin...

  2. says:

    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 ...

  3. says:

    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 ...

  4. says:

    Q, is for Quick 1.5 Stars You 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 timing Quick lost me entirely By the time he got around to sharing the big reveal I no longer gave a shit about it, it was too little too late by that point This book failed to garner any emotional attachment from me and while I found Boy21 himself very interesting I could not deal with the fact that it felt like this book wanted to be all things to all people I m completely l...

  5. says:

    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 I liked how basketball was his refuge, and seeing him honestly deal with his jealousy of Russ, and his desire to keep his position on the team His family was interesting, and well developed, but I spent most of the book wondering what had traumatized him, and when it was finally revealed it felt a bit too soap opera to be believed I wasn t a fan of the romance either I liked his girlfriend, but their relationship seemed to dominate the story, and overshadow the friendship plot which was a shame I think it was how his girlfriend s family played into the mafia story that really didn t work for me.I liked the role the Irish Mafia played in the beginning of the book The threat Finley, and his family felt, and the fear they had felt real Closer to the end things sort of fell apart Nothing that happened in the ending felt natural, or honest to the sto...

  6. says:

    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, two lost souls meet and help guide each other through loss, pain, competition, basketball, and so much Finley McManus s life revolves around basketball He lives ands breaths b ball in a town that supports it with a girlfriend who loves the game just as much as he does Basketball and Erin came into Finley s life when he needed them the most The rhythm of the game and Erin s love made the noise and pain go away go silent With their senior year about to start, Erin and Finley are training and hoping for starting positions and winning seasons that could get them out of Bellmont s beat up streets and crime But everything changes when Boy 21 lands in town, threatening to crash down Finley s season and his wall of silence that hides all sorts of family skeletons and history.Boy 21 Russ is trying to survive and grieve the loss of his...

  7. says:

    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, particularly aimed at this age group, but it wasn t one of those novels I can t stop thinking about and I find myself recommending extensively to everyone who is looking for a new read.In fact, while I was impressed by the writing whilst reading, I kept putting off publishing my review as I found it difficult to think of something defining to say about the novel What made it stand out from other reads and why should people pick it up when dozens of new books get published each week The story centers on Finley, a bit of a misfit he lives for the game of basketball, a passion he shares with his one and only friend, also his girlfriend, Erin The two are glued at the hip during off season, though they have a rule that they take a break during b ball season so they can fully focus on the sport and their roles in their respective teams.As the only white player in his team, Finley is used to being an outcast but he is okay with that because he has Erin, his dad an...

  8. says:

    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 form and obsessed with outer space Can Finley do as his coach asks and somehow help Russ, even if it means giving up his hard earned starting spot Sometimes a player s greatest challenge is coming to grips with his role on the team Scottie Pippen No matter how good one player is defensively, he s only as good as his help defense source And that is exactly what Boy21 is about except Matthew Quick isn t talking about basketball He s talking about life Sure, basketball brings Finley and Russ together and at different times and in different ways it acts as a savior for both boys But as all consuming and amazing and beautiful as it can be, both Finley and Russ are forced to experience how tragedy can make anything insignificant even your heretofore reason for living Sometimes it doesn t matter how much you love somethin...

  9. says:

    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 fabulous THE 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 school and everywhere I go, I am the kid who never talks and everyone just finds the things I like and don t like to be strange And it just felt so good finally having someone who understood me Let me tell you, Finley just grew and throughout this book That s not the same thing I didn t lie to people It was hard for me to talk too hard Russ Again, Russ and I had a lot in common another character that I clicked with immediately I really really loved his character Maybe so And it was hard for me to be an Earthling too The Writing The writing was drop dead gorgeous It was touching, yet so simple and easy This was such an easy read that will touch you in some way I know I learned so much Whenever I th...

  10. says:

    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 focuses down on the friendship.The ending was al...

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