Waiting on Wednesday–Boy21 by Matthew Quick

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine.  It’s designed for bloggers to spotlight the upcoming releases that they simply can’t wait to read.

Embarrassing fact–I haven’t read Sorta Like a Rock Star which is Matthew Quick’s first novel.  I really don’t have an excuse for I haven’t read it yet either.  I received Boy21 over the summer, but have been waiting to read it closer to the release date.  I have a boy in my Y.A. Lit class who’s eating up my sports fiction and pretty much everything else I recommend.  I handed him my ARC the other day and noticed today that he has mere pages left.  I’m guessing he likes it!  I’m looking forward to hearing his thoughts and reading it myself.  I hope you add it to your TBR list 🙂

Title & Author: Boy21 by Matthew Quick

Release Date: March 5th, 2012

Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

Summary (From Goodreads): 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 alone to take care of his disabled grandfather. He’s always dreamed of somehow getting out, but until he can, putting on that number 21 jersey makes everything seem okay.

Russ has just moved to the neighborhood. 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, and yet answers only to the name Boy21—taken from his former jersey number.

As their final year of high school brings these two boys together, “Boy21” may turn out to be the answer they both need. Matthew Quick, the acclaimed author of Sorta Like a Rock Star, brings readers a moving novel about hope, recovery, and redemption. 


  1. this one is an original pick… haven’t seen this one around. Awesome pick!

    My WoW picks here

    Jay @ We Fancy Books

  2. Looks like a good one. And it sounds like you have a great reader in your class who is eating up the sports novels. That’s awesome!

  3. Sounds like an interesting book! Here is my WoW: http://booklovingmommy.blogspot.com/2012/01/waiting-on-wednesday-12612.html

  4. This is my first time seeing this. Thanks for the introduction.

    -FABR Steph@FiveAlarmBookReviews
    My WOW…

  5. This sounds like an intense read! I picked up an ARC of this recently… I liked the cover. Can’t wait to dig into it, and see how it goes.

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