The Boy in the Black Suit by Jason Reynolds
Published January 6, 2015 by Atheneum|Simon & Schuster
Page Count: 272
Matt’s life isn’t the best right now. His mom just passed away and nothing can put a cheese on his face. Then he gets an accidental job at a funeral home, where he grows close to Mr. Ray and finds solace and contentment in sitting in on the daily funerals. Matt finds happiness in seeing that he’s not the only one going through rough times. But when Lovey, a girl who works at a fast food joint speaks at her grandmother’s funeral and doesn’t even sniffle, Matt knows she’s different. After an awful incident involving someone close to him, Matt has to keep his friends close to not get pulled under by the stress of everything that has happened. Jason Reynolds’ heartfelt second book is sure to captivate readers with its fantastic writing and beautiful story.
Jason Reynolds is a book wizard. His novels are so real and have a strong voice and he writes from the heart which makes it seem like you know the man character. You connect with his novels because they are so real. The Brooklyn setting is strong and the story is new and unique. Matt is such a role-model; he is honest and it feels like he could be your best friend. Jason truly is an incredible writer who knows what he’s doing and he’s doing a dang good job at it. This story was captivating and will stay in your mind long after you read it. Please go pick up one of Jason’s books and you will see what I mean once you read it. I can NOT wait for his upcoming books, Long Way Down and his T R A C K series (which I may or may not be stalking on Goodreads). Jason Reynolds, keep on writing!
9.5 out of 10 XanderStars