Monday, January 12, 2015

Up and Coming: The Boy in the Black Suit by Jason Reynolds

The Boy in the Black Suit by Jason Reynolds

January 6, 2015

Matt would like this year to be like any other year at school he's had before. But there's no way to get back to normal after his mother's death from cancer. Everything in his apartment reminds him of her, especially the handwritten recipes that used to tell him how to make his favorite dishes.

To get away from all the things that remind him of his heartbreak, Matt takes a job with the family friend who handled his mother's funeral. He doesn't have to touch dead people, but he does get to attend a lot of memorial services. But there's something about seeing other people who hurt just as much as he does that's comforting. Matt knows it's weird, but he doesn't stop going. When he recognizes a girl speaking at one, he can't help but go talk to her. But the girl, is more interested in moving on than looking back, is Matt ready for that?

The Boy in the Black Suit is a look at the people who you can't tell are hurting. Matt goes through the school days smiling and talking smack with his friends, but he's going home to ghosts. But, this is also a story of recovery and there's even some romance, so if you're thinking depressing tear jerker, you're really far off base.

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