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0 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 5 0.00 (0 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Matthew Quick Narrator: Ben Lukens Publisher: Hachette Book Group Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: June 2014 ISBN: 9781478930242
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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

  • * "The answers here are satisfying but never simple...A story that, like Finley, expresses a lot in relatively few words.
    Kirkus, starred review
  • Beautiful...It is this depth that makes "Boy21" more than a first-rate novel fueled by basketball; it's a first-rate work of art. The New York Time Book Review
  • Every aspect of this multilayered novel harmonizes...excellently set-up twists display Quick's mastery of pacing; authentic dialogue and deft character development ensure both our emotional investment in these richly complex boys and also our empathizing with their main commonality--feeling like "you're not the person on the outside that you are on the inside." The Horn Book
  • His emotionally raw tale retains a delicate sense of hope and optimism, making it a real gut punch of a read. Publishers Weekly
  • “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.”

    Booklist

  • “Every aspect of this multilayered novel harmonizes.”

    Horn Book

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About the Author
Author Matthew Quick

Matthew Quick is the New York Times bestselling author of several novels, including The Silver Linings Playbook, which was made into an Oscar-winning film, and The Good Luck of Right Now. His work has been translated into thirty languages and has received a PEN/Hemingway Award Honorable Mention. He earned an MFA in creative writing at Goddard College. He floated down the Peruvian Amazon, backpacked around southern Africa, and hiked to the bottom of a snowy Grand Canyon before returning to Philadelphia and beginning to write full time.

About the Narrator

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