The Boy in the Black Suit

The Boy in the Black Suit

Book - 2015
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Soon after his mother's death, Matt takes a job at a funeral home in his tough Brooklyn neighborhood and, while attending and assisting with funerals, begins to accept her death and his responsibilities as a man.
Publisher: New York : Atheneum Books for Young Readers, 2015
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9781442459502
Characteristics: 255 p. ; 22 cm


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Aug 21, 2018

This book reminds me of the first time I read John Green, and even Margaret Atwood...

Jun 29, 2018

This book is so good and so special that I bought a copy for myself and share it with others who love good writing. Jason Reynolds is one of my favorite authors of all time.

samcmar Jan 02, 2018

This was the first book I completed in 2018 and I definitely connected with it on a personal level. Matt recently loses his mother and in his own way of dealing with his grief, wears a black suit. This book discusses grief, the way in which our lives change during times of loss, and the way in which people can find ways to cope. The romance is pretty tender in this one, and it sports Jason Reynolds' signature lyrical prose. Definitely a book I found myself easily relating to.

JCLDebbieF Oct 17, 2016

The Boy in the Black Suit is included in Hollywood News Source's 10 YA Books To Read For Mental Health Awareness Month -

Sep 19, 2016

Matthew lost his mother to cancer and his father is in the hospital. He gets a job at the local funeral home, meets Lovey, a girl he likes. Through their honesty they discover they share an experience of a fateful night

JCLChrisK Jul 13, 2016

A moving meditation on loss and mourning. A quiet character study. A slice of life.

Matt is trying to figure out how to move forward after the loss of his mother to cancer. High school no longer feels relevant and his Brooklyn neighborhood both grounds and nettles him. He stumbles into a job at a local funeral parlor, where he unexpectedly finds solace, a mentor, and a love interest. Gradually Matt works through his grief and figures out how to begin healing.

Realistic, tangible, and nuanced, this vividly captures lived experience.

Cynthia_N Mar 10, 2016

I enjoyed seeing Matthew come to terms with the grief of losing his mother and moving on. Good story!!

Jan 10, 2016

Powerful story of how a teen deals with grief after his mother dies of cancer and his father returns to alcoholism.

CRRL_CraigG Sep 16, 2015

Wearing a black suit to high school every day can get you some strange looks, but Matthew lets his classmates stare. His mom passed away a couple months back, but his real reason for being decked out his new job at the same funeral home where his mother’s service was held. That might seem weird, but it pays well and sure beats working in fast food. Matthew’s new job brings a sense of comfort and family that he thought was lost.

multcolib_susannel May 15, 2015

After his mother dies, seventeen-year old Matt thinks he will never cook again-until he meets Lovey while working at his funeral home job.
Includes a yummy recipe for Chocolate Chip Cookies!


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