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EBOOK Ù EPUB Boy21 By Matthew Quick ì 9780316127967 FREE ´ DOGSALONBRISTOL Á ❮Reading❯ ➸ Boy21 Author Matthew Quick – Dogsalonbristol.co.uk You can lose yourself in repetition uiet your thoughts; I learned the value of this at a very young age Basketball has You can lose yourself in repetition uiet 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 nig As seen on The ReadventurerThere is not nearly enough YA books about friendships For some strange reason romantic relationships are promoted as important While I agree that at some point in life you do meet that special person who becomes your partner in everything up until that point it is friends that help you out support you accompany you through lifeFriendship the healing supporting non judgmental type of friendship is what Boy21 is about Or is supposed to be aboutI love the idea of this novel Imagine Finley a reserved high school senior with some serious darkness in his past whose only friend is his girlfriendsoulmate Erin Finley's most favorite occupation his therapy of sorts is basketball His goal for his last school year is just to be on the team and play well Enter Boy21 another damaged young boy a rising basketball star who suffers from a mental breakdown after the death of his parents Finley is entrusted to guard and partner with Boy21 in school And also guide him back into playing basketball because among other things what Boy21 had lost is his passion for the gameThere is a very interesting conflict here Should Finley encourage Boy21 to play knowing that he will for sure take his place on the team? Should he sacrifice his own dreams in order to save his new friend because maybe basketball indeed has a power to heal Boy21 bring him back from the imaginary escape world he exists in now? What is important your friend's well being or your own ?To my disappointment this conflict never really comes to the front of this novel never develops to its full potential never impacts the characters as strongly as it could and should have The book that was supposed to be about Boy21 you would assume judging by the title and about the friendship bonds between the two boys is diluted and often overshadowed by the side plots Irish mob Finley's girlfriend and family problems In the end only maybe 25% of the book is about friendship and the rest just everything else I feel like Boy21 is a case of the writer having his fingers in too many idea pots The main point of the story is just lostI do not want to take away from the merits of this novel I admire uick and some passages in Boy21 made my eyes tingle But I do think this books lacks clearer focus and a better overreaching story arcAs often is with these things I am a little baffled by the overwhelmingly positive critical reception of Boy21 It has already received some serious starred reviews from several major professional publication His previous YA novel Sorta Like a Rock Star is a much accomplished work in my opinion and yet it went almost unnoticedDo I recommend Boy21? Yes but with some reservations However I do wholeheartedly recommend Matthew uick's Sorta Like a Rock Star

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Ned 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 uniue friendship may turn out to be the answer they both ne After reading Matthew uick's amazing novel Forgive Me Leonard Peacock earlier this year I was thrilled to have the opportunity to review the author's latest release in the UK now aimed at a younger audienceAfter being so impressed by the first book I read from uick I admit I had incredibly high expectations for this one and because of this it was hard to give it a fair shot as it simply wasn't uite as good as Leonard Peacock Don't get me wrong this was still an excellent piece of writing particularly aimed at this age group but it wasn't one of those novels I can't stop thinking about and I find myself recommending extensively to everyone who is looking for a new readIn fact while I was impressed by the writing whilst reading I kept putting off publishing my review as I found it difficult to think of something defining to say about the novel What made it stand out from other reads and why should people pick it up when dozens of new books get published each week?The story centers on Finley a bit of a misfit he lives for the game of basketball a passion he shares with his one and only friend also his girlfriend Erin The two are glued at the hip during off season though they have a rule that they take a break during b ball season so they can fully focus on the sport and their roles in their respective teamsAs the only white player in his team Finley is used to being an outcast but he is okay with that because he has Erin his dad and Pop However his role in the team and the fact that he's somewhat removed from his team mates make him according to his coach the perfect person to befriend a new kid ho is about to join the same high school one who goes by the name of Boy21Boy21 formerly known as Russell was a basketball wunderkind who hasn't played since his parents were murdered Now having moved in with distant relatives his family hopes that he can make a fresh start at a new school and perhaps even snap out of his obsession with outer space They think that with a kindhearted friend like Finley this may be possible The only problem is that Boy21 was one of the best basketball players of his age in the country and if Finley does help him and he gets his mojo back then they'll be competing for the same spot in the teamWith big letters a slightly simplistic form of storytelling and a low page number this is definitely a novel aimed at a younger audience but that doesn't make the themes of acceptance and friendship that run through it any less valid In fact aimed at such an impressionable audience it's even important to show what a difference a kind word and an offer of friendship can bring to the life of someone who is traumatised and brokenI loved seeing the dynamic between Finley and Boy21 and in a smaller way Erin change throughout the course of the novel Yes there were up and downs as neither of the characters were selfless angels but in the end they knew what was right and what was wrong and it's their unusual bond that gets them through the toughest of times when a secret from Finley's past comes back to make his life miserableWhile Boy21 had a gentle start of hesitating friendship and loyalty it burst into a roller coaster ride of revelations towards the end And it was heartwarming to read how even the most unlikeliest of people can form such meaningful relationships and change the course of another person's life

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Boy21 By Matthew QuiHts 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 tur I think this is now my second favorite Matthew uick book behind Silver Linings Playbook The last one of his I read was so weird The Good Luck of Right Now that I don't even remember what it was about This one had a great story and an interesting message If you have just finished a monotonous read and need a uick pick me up only 5 hours unabridged audio this is worth giving a tryIt has some light heartedness I has some despair It has comedy It has tragedy Side note I finished this book in the middle of a 6 mile 4th of July race time 10722