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The boy in the black suit / Jason Reynolds.

Reynolds, Jason (author.).

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General Note: Coretta Scott King Author Honor Book, 2016.
Nutmeg Award Nominee, Teen, 2018.
Summary, etc.: 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.
Awards Note:
Coretta Scott King Author Honor Book, 2016.
Nutmeg Award Nominee, Teen, 2018.
Subject: Funeral homes Juvenile fiction
Funeral rites and ceremonies Juvenile fiction
Grief in adolescence Juvenile fiction
African Americans Juvenile fiction
Families New York (State) Juvenile fiction
Brooklyn (New York, N.Y.) Juvenile fiction
Funeral homes Fiction
Funeral rites and ceremonies Fiction
Grief Fiction
African Americans Fiction
Family life New York (State) New York Fiction
Brooklyn (New York, N.Y.) Fiction
Genre: Young adult fiction.
Fiction.

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When high school senior Matt realizes that working at the local chicken joint might mean cleaning up vomit, he reluctantly accepts a job at the neighborhood funeral parlor-the same one where his mother's funeral was just held. To Matt's surprise, he finds relief in watching funerals and seeing how mourners handle their grief, and he begins to grow closer to the funeral home's owner, a local character. As he did in When I Was the Greatest, Reynolds portrays Brooklyn's largely African-American Bed-Stuy neighborhood convincingly; Matt and his family are lower middle-class, as are their neighbors, but gangs and violence are a presence, as well. Coincidences and plot twists (including a car accident that conveniently helps Matt's grieving father address his drinking problem) detract from the impact of the story as it develops. Romantic interest Lovey, a very appealing girl Matt meets at her grandmother's funeral, doesn't come on the scene until halfway through the book, and the wait feels long. An affecting story of a teenager's path through pain, but one whose faults offset its strengths. Ages 12-up. Agent: Elena Giovinazzo, Pippin Properties. (Jan.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

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His mother recently dead from breast cancer, 17-year-old Matt feels his life is backwards and that he has become invisible at school. Then, ironically, he secures a work-study job at the local funeral home, owned by Mr. Ray, a respected fixture in their Bed-Stuy neighborhood, and discovers, to his surprise, that he enjoys attending funerals. Somehow, he thinks, it made me feel better knowing my pain isn't only mine. It is at a funeral that he meets a beautiful girl with the improbable name of Lovey and feels an instant attraction. The two become friends and gradually their friendship, rooted in trust, becomes something deeper that may redeem both of them from their losses and loneliness. Though it gets off to a slightly slow start, Reynolds' second novel quickly becomes a superb, character-driven story. His protagonist Matt is a wonderfully sympathetic, multidimensional character whose voice is a perfect match for the material and whose relationships with Lovey and Mr. Ray also a fascinating character are beautifully realized. This quiet story is clearly a winner.--Cart, Michael Copyright 2015 Booklist

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Gr 7 Up-Matt lost his mother to cancer, and his father has started drinking to hide from the pain, leaving him alone. He's sure that none of the kids at school can understand how he feels, and realizing how many other students avoid him just strengthens that feeling. He has one real friend, Chris, who sticks by him. When Matt realizes he needs a job, not only to stay sane but to help with bills, he tries Cluck Bucket and is attracted to the girl behind the counter but instead ends up doing the unthinkable, agreeing to work for Mr. Ray at the neighborhood funeral home. Matt begins to sit in on funerals, not knowing why at first, but soon realizes after studying mourners that there's always someone whose grief can't be understood, which validates his feelings of loss and reassures him that he's not alone. When he hears Lovey at her grandmother's funeral, something magic happens. How this plays out and helps pull him out of his grief makes for an amazing story. Corey Allen is a perfect narrator for this wonderful story of grieving and hope. VERDICT Definitely worth adding to any library.-John R. Clark, Hartland Public Library, ME © Copyright 2015. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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