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Boy 21 by Matthew Quick
March 25, 2012 from Little, Brown
Hardcover, 250 pages
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 privileged 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.
This book surprised me more than any other book I’ve read in at least the last year. The summary seems very weird-a space kid, basketball, Boy21? What in the world? The cover makes it look even more odd, at least to me; a science fiction type feel. I decided to read it anyway and was so blown away by Finley and Boy21 and the journey they take that I am SO GLAD I read it. If you’ve been teetering and tottering as to whether you should pick this one up, please trust me-the vibe you get from the summary and cover are so far off from what’s inside!
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