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Publisher's Summary

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 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.
©2014 Matthew Quick (P)2014 Hachette Audio
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Critic Reviews

"The answers here are satisfying but never simple… A story that, like Finley, expresses a lot in relatively few words." (Kirkus)
"Beautiful...It is this depth that makes Boy21 more than a first-rate novel fueled by basketball; it's a first-rate work of art." (The The New York Time Book Review)
"His emotionally raw tale retains a delicate sense of hope and optimism, making it a real gut punch of a read." (Publishers Weekly)
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By G. Warren on 08-26-16

Very good summer listening!

This book was given as a summer reading assignment for my child going into 9th grade. I got the Audio version so I could listen and be able to discuss the book with her. I am glad I did because it is really a great book. I think young adults and older would find value from listening or reading Boy 21!

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By Rich0 on 11-22-15

So Sad Quick keeps letting me down

What would have made Boy21 better?

Not sure maybe if I felt like I cared more about Boy 21

Has Boy21 turned you off from other books in this genre?

Not at all I'm always open for anything that's good.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Ben Lukens?

Robert Fass

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

I guess finishing and knowing I will not be getting anymore Matthew Quick books is redeeming to my future time.

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2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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