Thursday, October 29, 2015

The Boy in the Black Suit by Jason Reynolds

 Matt and his father are not handling the death of Matt's mother well.  His father has begun drinking again and is nearly killed when he is hit by a car while drunk one night.  Matt is now on his own and needs some money so he takes a job at the local funeral home with Mr. Ray.  Matt finds that when he watches other people break down with their own grief, it helps him deal with his own sadness just a bit.  When he sees a girl his own age named Lovey at her grandmother's funeral he is instantly interested in the smart, beautiful and tough girl.  As Matt spends more time with Mr. Ray and Lovey some of his own secrets come out along with those of his new friends.

I just love Jason Reynolds.  He has an ability to write a story with deep themes but in such an effortless way that you don't realize the complexities involved.  Every single character on the page is completely rounded out no matter how large or small his/her role in the story.  Still, I didn't love this book as much as When I Was the Greatest, his first book.  But it is still great and will resonate with anyone who is struggling with grief.