All American Boys

by

Jason Reynolds

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Guzzo Character Analysis

Guzzo is one of Quinn’s best friends. He is white and, according to Quinn, “enormous.” He is Paul’s younger brother, and after the incident at Jerry’s remains fiercely defensive of Paul. He insists that political correctness has gone “too far” and that accusations of racism are getting out of hand. After Quinn comes to school wearing a t-shirt that reads: “I’m MARCHING… ARE YOU?” Guzzo “accidentally” elbows Quinn during basketball practice, and after practice punches him in the face.

Guzzo Quotes in All American Boys

The All American Boys quotes below are all either spoken by Guzzo or refer to Guzzo. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
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). Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Atheneum edition of All American Boys published in 2015.
13. Thursday: Quinn Quotes

I'd been thinking about that all day, but I didn’t have the words for it until Ma brought up Dad. Everybody wanted me to be loyal. Ma wanted me to be loyal. Guzzo wanted me to be loyal. Paul wanted me to be loyal. Your dad was loyal to the end, they'd all tell me. Loyal to his country, loyal to his family, they meant. But it wasn't about loyalty. It was about him standing up for what he believed in. And I wanted to be my dad's son. Someone who believed a better world was possible––someone who stood up for it.

Related Characters: Quinn Collins (speaker), Paul Galluzzo , Ma, Quinn’s Father, Guzzo
Page Number: 267
Explanation and Analysis:
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Guzzo Character Timeline in All American Boys

The timeline below shows where the character Guzzo appears in All American Boys. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
2. Friday: Quinn
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Quinn’s friends Dwyer and Guzzo are waiting for him in the alley by Jerry’s. When Quinn meets them, Guzzo points... (full context)
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...wonders if he also attends Springfield Central High. Quinn then notices that the cop is Guzzo’s older brother, Paul. Quinn stares, frozen in shock. He hears sirens approaching and runs back... (full context)
4. Saturday: Quinn
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...him that alcohol can kill him and that he is breaking the law. Quinn blames Guzzo, which further infuriates Ma. She tells him that “it’s about how the world looks at... (full context)
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Willy is unenthused by soccer, but at the game Quinn shouts encouragement. Guzzo texts to say he has a terrible hangover. He adds that Paul is home and... (full context)
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...out of there and walk Jill home. On the way, Jill mentions the barbecue at Guzzo’s house the next day. She also thinks it is strange that they are hosting a... (full context)
6. Sunday: Quinn
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...pie, everyone cheers. However, as soon as Quinn sees Paul he feels tense. Paul and Guzzo are standing side by side, and Quinn is struck by how enormous they both are.... (full context)
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...with the burgers. Jill barks back, but Quinn feels nervous as he approaches Paul and Guzzo. He notices that Paul is nursing his right hand, which is covered in cuts, in... (full context)
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The teams are Paul and Guzzo against Quinn and Dwyer. While they play, Paul becomes increasingly aggressive with Quinn, while claiming:... (full context)
7. Monday: Quinn
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At lunch, Jill asks to sit with Quinn. Jill asks if Quinn has seen Guzzo; although he doesn’t tell Jill this, Quinn has been avoiding him. Jill says that Mrs.... (full context)
8. Monday: Rashad
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...responds by mentioning how strange it is that the cop who beat up Rashad is Guzzo’s older brother.  (full context)
9. Tuesday: Quinn
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...members of the basketball team who remain inside are the four other white boys, including Guzzo and Dwyer. Guzzo beckons Quinn over, which irritates Quinn. Quinn remembers Paul telling him that... (full context)
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...going to sit, and tells him she wants to sit outside. Quinn agrees, but after Guzzo calls out to them they go and sit down at Guzzo’s table. During lunch, Jill... (full context)
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...and remarks: “I had no idea you were such a dick.” After English walks away, Guzzo thanks Quinn for supporting Paul. However, when Guzzo tries to joke about the graffiti, Quinn... (full context)
11. Wednesday: Quinn
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...scouts were already there, watching. However, just before practice ends a fight breaks out between Guzzo and Tooms. Guzzo claims that “everyone has it in for me.” Coach makes the team... (full context)
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After practice, Guzzo once again defends Paul to Quinn, saying he was “just doing his job.” He asks... (full context)
13. Thursday: Quinn
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Guzzo avoids Quinn all day, and at basketball practice refuses to look Quinn in the eye.... (full context)
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...threatens to call Ma, which terrifies Quinn. Quinn leaves the locker room and runs into Guzzo, who immediately punches him in the face. He tells Quinn that he never wants to... (full context)
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...at Quinn’s busted-up face and asks what he did. Willy points out that it was Guzzo who beat Quinn, but Ma does not care. She says that after Coach Carney called... (full context)
14. Thursday: Rashad
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...replies: “He deserves a face.” Rashad texts his friends, who tell him about Quinn and Guzzo’s fight at basketball practice. English says: “School is intense. Everybody’s picked a side.” (full context)
15. Friday: Quinn
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...for just one day she is going to share that fear. She notes that Paul, Guzzo, and her mom all “hate” her, but that she is determined to be on the... (full context)