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Boy21 by Matthew QuickBoy 21 by Matthew Quick

March 25, 2012 from Little, Brown
Hardcover, 250 pages
ISBN: 9780316127974

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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Recommend A… Book by a Male Author — 13 Comments

  1. hmm, that sounds like an interesting book. Can’t say that it’s right up my alley, but thanks for bringing to my attention! Thanks as well for creating this cute meme. I just stumbled across it from the Allure of Books and am excited to participate :) New Follower!

  2. I’ve actually never heard of this one before, but it sounds unique and interesting. The science-fictiony aspect is cool, and when you couple it with basketball it’s really unusual. Very weird.

    I’ll have to check this one out! Thanks so much for hosting this feature and for making that awesome recommendation!

  3. I was reading the summary and thought, “This doesn’t sound like a Shanyn book?” So now it makes sense when you said that the summary and cover are different from the actual story. Will have to check this one out!

  4. Your topic this week fits so nicely with my post today! haha I would definitely recommend Where Things Come Back by John Corey Whaley (& not just because I’m hosting the blog tour, or because we’re friends lol – it really is an AMAZING story unlike anything I’ve read before).

  5. This does sound interesting, i’m going to have to check out it

    BT – I tried to link my blog using the linkie thingy since I did a recommendation today and I don’t know if you have to moderate or not because its not showing – I don’t want to spam you by adding it again ;)

  6. Boy 21 looks like an interesting book – the cover is…interesting too!) I saw this in the library the other day and, as you say, was teetering and tottering a bit over whether or not to read it – next time I go, though, I’ll definitely pick it up! Thanks for the recommendation :)

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