The Boy in the Black Suit by Jason Reynolds


After Matt Miller’s mother dies, high school and regular life seem unimportant. Matt floats through life while his father turns to heavy drinking. When Mr. Ray offers Matt a job helping at his funeral home, Matt is worried it will be too difficult for him. But as he watches other people grieve, Matt feels less alone. Then he meets Love--a girl seemingly unaffected by her losses and Matt is determined to learn her secret.

The Boy in the Black Suit confronts major issues such as grief, alcoholism, and homelessness, but maintains a feeling of hope. Matt struggles with missing his mother, but doesn’t give up on life. His journey and the inspiring characters who help him provide a positive look at death and the lives of those who remain. Matt’s story is compelling and his voice teaches empathy and understanding. A positive read about difficult subjects.

Recommended ages--12 and up

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