Boy21

Boy21

Paperback - 2013
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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.
Publisher: New York : Little, Brown, 2013
ISBN: 9780316127967
0316127965
Alternative Title: Boy 21
Boy twenty-one

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JCLDebbieF Oct 17, 2016

Mr. Quick is about the only person I know that can pull off a story about two unlikely teen boys who've had traumatic experiences in their lives. One seldom speaks and the other believes he's from outer-space. How in the world will these two help each other heal? You'll be surprised how much they have in common.

A story of two teen boys, one white and one black, who are from different worlds, not just because the color of their skin. On the surface basketball brings them together, but really it is their complicated pasts. Sports. Friendship. Family Drama. A touch of romance. This book has it all.

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

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GuyN
Oct 30, 2012

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.

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sldoug
Aug 08, 2012

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.

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DLY1
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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