The Boy in the Black Suit

The Boy in the Black Suit

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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: First edition
ISBN: 9781442459502
Characteristics: 255 pages ; 22 cm


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Aug 06, 2020

I loved this book. I'm sure I'll come back to it when I'm in the middle of grieving a lost loved one for comfort.

Mar 04, 2019

This book was amazing! It had such a suprisish element and it felt like it was real. I wish there was a sequel!!! Mr.Reynolds does an amazing job of incorperating a comical,touching and real story that made me laugh most of the time!

Feb 07, 2019

The Boy In The Black Suit does a beautiful job of touching the topic of grief and loss and how we go through these things almost all the time. This is a book that I connected to on a personal level with this book touching me and my thoughts and feelings about grief and loss. It begins with a boy named Matt who 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 tender in a sense in this one, and its writing style was executed perfectly in my opinion. A beautifully well-written book. I look forward to reading more books from the author as this one made me appreciate and love this one. I recommend to anyone who is looking for a book to relate to a situation or have a connection with this type of topic or just looking for a gorgeous book to read. @PocketFullOfBooks22 of the Hamilton Public Library Teen Review Board

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.

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!!

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Aug 06, 2020

"I realized that it's not that death is bad. It's not. It's just that life is so good. So damn good that you just wanna hold on to it, and everybody in it. But we can't. But what we can do, is appreciate it more. Y'know, smell the flowers."

Aug 06, 2020

"Lovey will tell you that when her mom passed, the one word I would never let her say was death. I wouldn't let her say it because I never believed in it. Dead means finished. Over. Done. That didn't describe her mother then, and it doesn't describe me now. I've just changed. Like changing clothes, when one outfit gets too old, gotta take it off and put on another. Or like changing jobs, once you've done all you can do, you get a new position. But to say I'm dead means that you'll never hear me or feel me...but you will. I promise. Just because you won't see me for a while, doesn't mean I won't be there... And when it's your turn to change, to move on, I'll be here waiting for you."

Aug 06, 2020

"See, in chess, you plan everything. You strategize and all that. And even though we like to believe life goes that way, let me tell you, son, it don't... But this game here, I-DEE-clare War, is how life really goes down... I flip a card, then you flip a card. Sometimes I win and sometimes I lose. And sometimes I can lose and lose and lose and I don't know why. But there's nothing I can do but just keep flipping cards. Eventually I'll win again. As long as you got cards to keep turning, you're fine. Now that's life."


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