The Boy in the Black Suit

The Boy in the Black SuitThe Boy in the Black Suit by Jason Reynolds
Published by: Atheneum Books for Young Readers
Release Date: 5 January 2015
Pages: 272
Genres: Diversity, Realistic
Recommended For: Grades 7-9
Submitted by: Renata Sancken


Everyone at Matt’s school wants to know why Matt wears a black suit to school every day. Their school doesn’t have a uniform, and most kids just wear jeans and T-shirts. Matt explains that he has to wear it because he has an afterschool job at a funeral home, but that’s only part of the truth. After all, he could change clothes after school. But Matt likes wearing the suit because ever since his mom died, he’s felt different from all the other kids at school, so he likes that the suit makes him look different, too.

Even though it seems like Matt’s job at the funeral home would be depressing, Matt likes it. He doesn’t have to touch dead people (which is what everyone already asks him), but being around other people who are sad like him makes him feel better somehow. Then he meets one girl in particular, who really understand what he’s been through.

The Boy in the Black Suit is a sad book, but it’s also funny and hopeful. If you’re a fan of John Green’s books or if you’re just looking for a book that will give you feels, I’d recommend it.

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