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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 has 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.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Beautiful…A first-rate work of art.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “Quick is a master of capturing the rawness of adolescence and the bleakness that comes from being trapped in the wrong world, whether it’s Finley’s bad neighborhood or, in the case of Boy21, Earth.”

    Boston Globe

  • “Satisfying but never simple…A story that, like [its narrator] Finley, expresses a lot in relatively few words.”

    Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

  • “[Quick’s] emotionally raw tale retains a delicate sense of hope and optimism, making it a real gut punch of a read.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Heartbreaking, but the hopeful ending pays off. An unusual and touching story.”


  • “Every aspect of this multilayered novel harmonizes.”

    Horn Book

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About the Narrator

Ben Lukens is an actor known for his role in Green Apples & Wannabes.