Title: Boy in the Black Suit
Author: Jason Reynolds
Recommended for: High School
Pages: 255 pages
Call Number/Link: Teen Fiction Reynolds
High school senior, Matt, has just lost his mom. A fact that both he and his dad are both trying to get used to. While his father finds his answers at the bottom of a bottle, Matt searches for his in other ways. One of them is the new gig he just picked up with Mr. Ray’s funeral home. You’d think that would be the last place he’d want to be, but he find solace in attending the funerals. A certain peace in knowing that he’s not alone in his grieving. But then he meets Love, a girl who doesn’t grieve like the others. A girl who seems to have it all figured out. Will Love be the key to Matt’s healing…or could she end up being so much more?
I really liked this book a lot. I love watching Matt grow and seeing how Love changed him and forced him to think a little differently. Also, love that it shows different economic situations. And that it showed teens who volunteer because they care, not just to pad their college resume/fulfill high school requirements. I don’t know that I would say it’s a love story per say, but it does revolve around Matt and Love a lot. However, it is really more about grief and healing than anything else.