All American Boys

by

Jason Reynolds

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Quinn’s Father Character Analysis

Quinn’s father was a soldier who died in Afghanistan. We never learn his first name, though people in the town often refer to him by his nickname, “Saint Springfield.” Quinn’s father was by all accounts a heroic figure who, when he was not on duty, spent his free time volunteering at a soup kitchen.

Quinn’s Father Quotes in All American Boys

The All American Boys quotes below are all either spoken by Quinn’s Father or refer to Quinn’s Father. 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.
2. Friday: Quinn Quotes

I wasn’t a stand-in for Dad. Nobody could be that. When the IED got him in Afghanistan, he became an instant saint in Springfield. I wasn't him. I'd never be him. But I was still supposed to try. That was my role: the dutiful son, the

All-American boy with an All-American fifteen-foot deadeye jump shot and an All-American 3.5 GPA.

Related Characters: Quinn Collins (speaker), Quinn’s Father
Related Symbols: Basketball
Page Number: 27
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4. Saturday: Quinn Quotes

I begin almost every day the same way: Ma's voice in my head, telling me what I needed to do, what I needed to think about, how I needed to act. But on mornings like this one––or if Coach Carney was making us do suicides up and down the court for fifteen minutes, or when Dwyer dropped another five-pounder on either side of the bar on my last rep in the weight room––it was Dad's voice in my head, or at least what I thought was his voice. I hadn't heard it in so long, I couldn’t even tell if it was his or if I was making it up. Whatever it was, it got me to where I needed to get.

PUSH! If you don't, someone else will. LIFT! If you don't, someone else will. Faster faster, faster, faster FASTER!

Related Characters: Quinn Collins (speaker), Ma, Quinn’s Father, Dwyer, Coach Carney
Related Symbols: Basketball
Page Number: 63
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6. Sunday: Quinn Quotes

I felt like such an ass. I'd quickly convinced myself I had no idea who that kid with Paul was that night. And yeah, there were like a thousand kids in each grade at school, or whatever, but I did know him. Or know of him, really. I'd seen him––Rashad––in that uniform, and it'd made me think of my dad wearing his own at college. How my dad had looked proud in all those pictures.

Related Characters: Quinn Collins (speaker), Rashad Butler , Paul Galluzzo , Quinn’s Father
Related Symbols: Uniforms
Page Number: 108
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7. Monday: Quinn Quotes

“I mean, it's Paul. This is the same guy I’ve seen carrying my mom up the front steps, for God's sake.” I was thinking about that time Ma got trashed because it was her first wedding anniversary without Dad. Paul had been so

gentle. He'd taken the frigging day off just so she didn’t have to spend it alone. “She was tanked,” I said to Jill. “And he helped her home. I remember him putting her down on the couch and pulling the afghan over her.”

“Paulie's always been the good guy.”

“That's what I want to think.”

Related Characters: Quinn Collins (speaker), Jill (speaker), Paul Galluzzo , Ma, Quinn’s Father
Page Number: 129
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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
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15. Friday: Quinn Quotes

What about Dad? Talk about a man who died for his convictions. How many times did he re-up after 9/11?. Three. I was old enough now to know he wasn’t fearless. He'd probably been scared shitless every time he went back. He wasn’t strong because he wasn’t afraid. No, he was strong because he kept doing it even though he was afraid.

Related Characters: Quinn Collins (speaker), Quinn’s Father
Page Number: 289
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Quinn’s Father Character Timeline in All American Boys

The timeline below shows where the character Quinn’s Father 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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...to take his younger brother, Willy, over to the house of their neighbors, the Cambis. Quinn’s father was a soldier who was killed in Afghanistan, and ever since his death Quinn feels... (full context)
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...kind, pitiful look, which Quinn is used to getting as the son of “Saint Springfield.” Quinn’s father was a “model man” who volunteered at the soup kitchen when he was off-duty and... (full context)
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...once they are there, Quinn is unable to stop thinking about what happened. Ever since Quinn’s father ’s death, Paul has been a father figure to Quinn, and he is haunted by... (full context)
4. Saturday: Quinn
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...unrecognizable, like an entirely different person. Quinn sleeps badly and wakes up on Saturday with his father ’s voice in his head, urging him to push himself. Quinn does so many push-ups... (full context)
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...this week. Quinn gets in the shower and thinks about the scouts coming from colleges. His father was given a full ride through ROTC, and Quinn feels that he needs to do... (full context)
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Mother’s Pizza is packed. On the wall there is a photo of Quinn’s father at the St. Mary’s soup kitchen, and Quinn always tries to avoid sitting near it.... (full context)
13. Thursday: Quinn
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...out the window at the Galluzzos’ house, and remembers the day he stood there during his father ’s funeral. Paul had told him that if he ever needed anything at all, he... (full context)
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...the video has been released to make Paul look like a “fool.” She asks what Quinn’s father would think, and Quinn replies that he doesn’t know, but that he thinks he would... (full context)
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...was in ninth grade. He claimed to have been inspired by the example set by Quinn’s father , and wanted to be “a hero” and “somebody who makes a difference.” Quinn had... (full context)
15. Friday: Quinn
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...that the police are preparing for “major riots.” Quinn expresses his fears, but thinks about his father , who “died for his convictions.” He thinks about how frightened his dad must have... (full context)