Boy 21

Quick, Matthew

Book - 2012
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
Boy 21
Finley, an unnaturally quiet boy who is the only white player on his high school's varsity basketball team, lives in a dismal Pennsylvania town that is ruled by the Irish mob, and when his coach asks him to mentor a troubled African American student who has transferred there from an elite private school in California, he finds that they have a lot in common in spite of their apparent differences.

Publisher: New York : Little, Brown and Co., 2012
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780316127974
Branch Call Number: y QUICK 2012
Characteristics: 250 p. ;,22 cm
Alternate Title: Boy21
Boy twenty-one


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Jun 06, 2013
  • WestSeattleTeenLibrarian rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Really strong story about two boys who share more than they realize as they both deal with personal tragedy and help each other out.

Oct 30, 2012
  • GuyN rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

This book made me think. Although basketball figures in the framework of this story one would be better off reading Ball Don't Lie to feel the rhythym of a crossover dribble or a game in the hood. This book is truly about two young men meeting each other and gradually helping each other find escape from truly horrible events in their past and a return to reality. Although the quick and contrived upbeat ending feels like a sop, the reality of being trapped in the ghetto is what endures for me. The difference between two childhoods is not as strong as two teens facing tragedy with respect for each other.

Aug 08, 2012
  • sldoug rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

This was a very promising book that started strongly. The characters were realistic, the plot was compelling, I really wanted to know what was going to happen next. But the book was short and the plot was long, so all the major events got jammed together and nothing got nearly enough explanation. This book easily could have been a sequel to the backstory (which deserves its own novel) and the main story could have filled a book two or three times as long. Don't get me wrong, I really enjoyed this book, but I also felt like it really didn't live up to what it could have been.

Jun 13, 2012

Coach is all right. I can trust HIM. Can't trust too many other people with the Irish Mob & the gangsters always around. Or at least, that's what Finley thinks. Then coach asks him to befired Russ a.k.a "Boy 21", a nationally recruited point guard. Finley plays point guard. Finley wears Number 21. Is "Boy 21" going to take Finley's number and his spot on the team? Unfortunately for Finley, basketball isn't the only thing they have in common.


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