49 pages 1 hour read

Jason Reynolds

The Boy in the Black Suit

Fiction | Novel | YA | Published in 2015

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Before You Read

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The Boy in the Black Suit by Jason Reynolds follows Matt Miller in his senior year as he navigates life after his mother's death and his father's hospitalization. Matt finds solace in working for Mr. Ray, a local funeral home director, and gains comfort from attending funerals. Meeting Love, who also experienced loss, helps Matt cope with his grief and find hope and strength in their connection. The novel addresses themes of grief, loss, and healing.

Reviews & Readership

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The Boy in the Black Suit by Jason Reynolds excels in its emotional depth and relatable characters, particularly through the protagonist Matt's journey of grief and resilience. Critics praise Reynolds' authentic dialogue and portrayal of urban life. However, some find the pacing slow and the plot predictable at times. Overall, it's a compelling and heartfelt read.

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Who Should Read The Boy in the Black Suit?

Readers who would enjoy The Boy in the Black Suit by Jason Reynolds are teens and young adults who appreciate heart-touching, realistic stories about grief, resilience, and personal growth. Fans of Angie Thomas’s The Hate U Give and Nicola Yoon’s Everything, Everything will find similar emotional depth and relatable characters.

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