The Boy in the Black Suit

The Boy in the Black Suit

eBook - 2015
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A 2016 Coretta Scott King Author Honor book. Just when seventeen-year-old Matt thinks he can't handle one more piece of terrible news, he meets a girl who's dealt with a lot more—and who just might be able to clue him in on how to rise up when life keeps knocking him down—in this "vivid, satisfying, and ultimately upbeat tale of grief, redemption, and grace" (Kirkus Reviews) from the Coretta Scott King – John Steptoe Award–winning author of When I Was the Greatest.Matt wears a black suit every day. No, not because his mom died—although she did, and it sucks. But he wears the suit for his gig at the local funeral home, which pays way better than the Cluck Bucket, and he needs the income since his dad can't handle the bills (or anything, really) on his own. So while Dad's snagging bottles of whiskey, Matt's snagging fifteen bucks an hour. Not bad. But everything else? Not good. Then Matt meets Lovey. Crazy name, and she's been through more crazy stuff than he can imagine. Yet Lovey never cries. She's tough. Really tough. Tough in the way Matt wishes he could be. Which is maybe why he's drawn to her, and definitely why he can't seem to shake her. Because there's nothing more hopeful than finding a person who understands your loneliness—and who can maybe even help take it away.
Publisher: 2015
Branch Call Number: Overdrive
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Reproduction: Electronic reproduction. New York : Atheneum Books for Young Readers, 2015. Requires OverDrive Read (file size: N/A KB) or Adobe Digital Editions (file size: 1157 KB) or Kobo app or compatible Kobo device (file size: N/A KB) or Amazon Kindle (file size: N/A KB)
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc
ISBN: 9781442459526


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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.

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.

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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_CraigGraziano 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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