My Favorite Quotes From… Boy21 by Matthew Quick

Boy21 by Matthew Quick


Originally Published on March 5, 2012

“You can lose yourself in repetition— quiet your thoughts; I learned the value of this at a very young age.”

“Maybe that’s blunt, but I’ve found that being blunt sometimes makes life easier for everyone.”

“Why is it that some people are born into fantastic situations and others wait their whole lives for a break?”

“He’s wearing that resigned miserable face he dons whenever he thinks I’m not looking, or when he’s just too tired to fake it.”

‘So many people suck the life out of everyone they’re around, but you don’t do that. You give people strength just by being you.’

Silence has always been my default mode— my best defense against the rest of the world.”

“Everyone wants to know his secret, and that’s his power just having one.”

“I think about how fragile people are, how anyone can disappear in a second and be gone forever.”

“Remembering is bad, but it feels even worse to say the words.”

“Almost anything can be ruined. Everything is fragile. Temporary.”

“People care about you if you can help them win, and they don’t care about you if you can’t.”

‘You ever feel like you’re not the person on the outside that you are on the inside?’

“The days pass very slowly and superfast at the same time. Do you know what I mean? Maybe it’s like a dream where time takes on a new sort of meaning. I don’t know. Life gets blurry, distorted, stretched out, balled up.”

“It’s like none of us really matter. Anyone could disappear and nothing would change too much. It’s like our lives don’t count.”

‘Someday an opportunity will come. Think about Harry Potter. His life is terrible, but then a letter arrives, he gets on a train, and everything is different for him afterward. Better. Magical.’
‘That’s just a story.’
‘So are we– we’re stories too.’

“Remembering makes me feel like someone’s jabbing a finger into my throat.”

“A real hug. Four arms. Big squeeze to say all the things we can’t or maybe won’t.”

“We really don’t get to understand why most of the time.”

Synopsis: “Basketball has always been an escape for Finley. He lives in gray, broken Bellmont, a town ruled by the Irish Mob, drugs, violence, and racially charged rivalries. At home, he takes care of his disabled grandfather, and at school he’s called “White Rabbit”, the only white kid on the varsity basketball team. He’s always dreamed of getting out somehow with his girlfriend, Erin. But until then, when he puts on his number 21, everything seems to make sense.

Russ has just moved to the neighborhood. A former teen basketball phenom from a privileged home, his life has been turned upside down by tragedy. Cut off from everyone he knows, he now answers only to the name Boy21—his former jersey number—and has an unusual obsession with outer space.

As their final year of high school brings these two boys together, “Boy21” may turn out to be the answer they both need.” (via Goodreads)

Genre: Young Adult, Sports & Games, Fiction, Contemporary

My Rating: 5/5 stars

XO, Hunida

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