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Finnie Walsh

3.78  ·  Rating Details  ·  167 Ratings  ·  24 Reviews
"Finnie Walsh will forever remain in my daily thoughts, not only because of the shocking circumstances of his absurd demise, but because he managed to misunderstand what was truly important even though he was right about almost everything else." So begins Steven Galloway’s critically acclaimed first novel. The story is told by Paul Woodward, Finnie's best friend and the on ...more
Paperback, 288 pages
Published February 6th 2006 by Raincoast Books (first published 2000)
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Crystal Allen
Jun 30, 2007 Crystal Allen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone young and old alike
My friend recommended this book to me. I thought she was crazy. It's about little boys who like hockey. I'm not a hockey fan and I didn't think I would be able to relate to these hockey obsessed little boys. Was I ever wrong. This may be my favorite coming of age story ever. The relationship between Paul and Finnie is so great that anyone will be able to see themself and their best friend in these characters. I've recommended this book to countless people who have come back and said how much the ...more
Connie D
Feb 06, 2016 Connie D rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a charming novel about two boys and their families in a mill town in Canada, following Paul, the narrator, and his best friend Finnie Walsh through their friendship, starting at age seven. The boys bond over hockey, but this book is about friendship, family, tragedy, guilt, repercussions, eccentricities, love, and loyalty. It also has magical elements: foreseeing the future and making choices based on what is foreseen. It's also about dealing with Ahabs and other dangers, including crazy ...more
Jessica H
May 02, 2015 Jessica H rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: school-books
May I just say- I did not expect to like this book this much.

I mean, of course I had high-ish hopes. But I mean, come on, any book you have to read for Grade 10 English can't be that great can it? Well apparently it can.

This book gets 4.9 stars for me. Or maybe 4.99 stars...
What I mean to say is that I didn't read it in one day, it was not as genius as Divergent nor is it the new Hunger Games (although I doubt anything will be). With that being said, I really thoroughly enjoyed this book and the
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Clement Shum
Oct 24, 2010 Clement Shum rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The novel “Finnie Walsh” by Steven Galloway had many pleasure and interest elements. These elements were mainly about Finnie and why he did what he did. Finnie was definitely an enjoyable character to read about in the book. He would do any mischievous things that people would not know about. Like when Finnie was the one that stole his friend’s fake arm, to teach him that he is better off without it, since it was doing more harm to him than it was doing good. He was also a very protective, unde ...more
Jen
Sep 09, 2014 Jen rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Coming of Age stories are always appealing to me, and this was a good one... though it revolved around hockey and young boys. Two things I know little about. It was also a little too Young Adult in its execution, but still a good solid story. A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving was an obvious influence for it.
Crystal Allen
Jun 30, 2007 Crystal Allen rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everyone young and old alike
My friend recommended this book to me. I thought she was crazy. It's about little boys who like hockey. I'm not a hockey fan and I didn't think I would be able to relate to these hockey obsessed little boys. Was I ever wrong. This may be my favorite coming of age story ever. The relationship between Paul and Finnie is so great that anyone will be able to see themself and their best friend in these characters. I've recommended this book to countless people who have come back and said how much the ...more
Wendy
May 04, 2016 Wendy added it
Excellent book! His writing reminds me a lot of John Irving, my favorite author. I will definitely ready more books by Steven Galloway.
Debbie
Nov 12, 2012 Debbie rated it it was amazing
I love Steven Galloway! This book is so unlike the Cellist of Sarajavo (which is probably one of my top 20 books). It is the story of small town Canada in the 80's. A coming of age story of two boys, one the son of a rich widower and the other the poor son from a loving family, and their love of hockey. This book was a little A Prayer for Owen Meany and a little A Christmas Story, without being a rip-off of either. It had the same black humor mixed with bizarre episodes in the narrative. The end ...more
Enzo Cuglietta
Aug 01, 2016 Enzo Cuglietta rated it it was amazing
GOOD BUT SAD
Ellen
Aug 31, 2014 Ellen rated it liked it
This was a nice story - well told. Not an "amazing" book, for me at least, but I believe this was one of Galloway's first books, so you can tell from this that the man can write. I think, though, if I had read this one first, I might not have pushed ahead to read his other books, which really would have been a shame.
Mel
Jul 28, 2011 Mel added it
I loved this book not only because it kept me awake reading long after I should have gone to bed, but also because it is about the purity of sport and the way that children can be insightful. Always a fan of a novel that gives a respectful voice to child characters. This is just such a pure story and articulates complex emotions really well.
Mike
Jul 26, 2011 Mike rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: top-15
He must have read John Knowles' "A Separate Peace" before writing this. Creative, unique, rivetting. You need to have hockey blood in your veins before the true depth of this piece really hits home. But for the rest of the world, it's still a darn good read.
April*procrastinator and proud*
This book was good, I did enjoy it. Well, up until the end. The ending really sucked.

*spoiler*
I mean couldn't Finnie have died with some dignity. Did he really have to become obese, and a drunk. Was that really necessary for him to die for hockey.
Lotte
Jan 06, 2009 Lotte rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This read-aloud was enjoyed by Dave, Davy, as well as me. The little we knew about hockey was greatly increased, but that's not really what this book is about. We found the characters likable and their freindships endearing.
Maren Gabaldon
Nov 05, 2013 Maren Gabaldon rated it really liked it
I read this for English.. and well I was kinda surprised I like it :D OMG there were some times when I was like HAHAHHA I KNEW IT ALL ALONG. I thought it was pretty good, but FINNIE THOUGH AT THE END UGGGHHHHH
Carol
Jun 26, 2013 Carol rated it liked it
Felt like I was reading a John Irving book - all that was missing was the bear!
Chose it because I loved his "Cellist of Sarajevo"
But a sweet, easy read - nothing too deep.
Bailey Gamache
Nov 01, 2013 Bailey Gamache rated it it was amazing
Shelves: books
it was a very good book I didn't get board of reading it. I don't like hockey but I thought this book was amazing. very different but good.
Daniel Weller
Oct 05, 2011 Daniel Weller rated it liked it
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Donna
Oct 24, 2013 Donna rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction
Kept me up late reading. Coming of age story with great character development and a hockey theme, but not just for boys.
Monique
Aug 01, 2010 Monique rated it it was amazing
100% fantastic read. There are characters here for everyone to be intrigued by and there's hockey. I really like this book.
Mary
Nov 02, 2013 Mary rated it it was amazing
Wonderful characters. This is a short, fast read packed with wisdom. It makes me want to read Moby Dick again!
Angela
wow, liked this A LOT more than I expected. One of the best books read for school.
Shannon
Aug 11, 2011 Shannon rated it it was amazing
A wonderful story. I love it every time I read it.
Lilyan (Little Yams)
Mar 25, 2014 Lilyan (Little Yams) rated it really liked it
<3<3<3 finnie.
Seema
Jun 22, 2016 Seema rated it it was amazing
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Galloway was born in Vancouver, and raised in Kamloops, British Columbia. He attended the University College of the Cariboo and the University of British Columbia. His debut novel, Finnie Walsh, was nominated for the Amazon.ca/Books in Canada First Novel Award. His second novel, Ascension, was nominated for the BC Book Prizes' Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize, and has been translated into numerous langu ...more
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