Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Book Review: Boy 21 by Matthew Quick

Boy 21 by Matthew Quick Book Review and Cover
Boy 21 is fast paced, easy to read, and will appeal to a lot of teens, both boys and girls.

Finley is white, and a minority in both his school and on his basketball team. He and his girlfriend, Erin, practice all summer in anticipation of their senior year playing basketball. They both hope to help their teams get to the playoffs and that sports will get them scholarships to college to get out of their mob-ruled, broken down town.

Finley's coach asks him to befriend a new kid, Russ, who came from California and is living with his grandparents because his parents were murdered. Russ is also a star basketball player, being nationally recruited. But Coach wants Finley to keep that a secret. Russ wants nothing to do with basketball and talks about outer space all the time. He thinks that's where his parents are, and they are coming to pick him up and take him with them. He insists on being called Boy 21.

Another thing that makes the coach's request difficult is that if Russ decides to play basketball, he will take Finley's spot--and his jersey number (21).

Finley also has his own problems. There are secrets in his family. His mother is gone, but the reader doesn't know what happened to her. His grandfather is a paraplegic who spends his time in a wheelchair.

Boy 21 is a quick read and the characters are engaging. The ending was very quick -- and a little hard for me to buy. The tension mounts nicely, and I think teens will find this exciting, but I had a difficult time believing it all.

Boy 21 would be great for reluctant readers and basketball fans.

Published by Little, Brown BFYR, 2012
Copy obtained from the library
250 pages

Rating: 3/5

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  1. I am a Matthew Quick Fan and have this book in my library but have yet to read it. Was your 3 point review based on writing or personal preferences?

    Are you enjoying The Martian in audiobook? I should look for it in that format.

    1. definitely based on my reaction to the story. The writing is good!

      The Martian is an excellent audiobook -- highly recommended!


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