The Boy in the Black Suit

The Boy in the Black Suit

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Just when seventeen-year-old Matt thinks he can’t handle one more piece of terrible news, he meets a girl who’s dealt with a lot more—and who just might be able to clue him in on how to rise up when life keeps knocking him down—in this wry, gritty novel from the author of When I Was the Greatest. Matt wears a black suit every day. No, not because his mom died—although she did, and it sucks. But he wears the suit for his gig at the local funeral home, which pays way better than the Cluck Bucket, and he needs the income since his dad can’t handle the bills (or anything, really) on his own. So while Dad’s snagging bottles of whiskey, Matt’s snagging fifteen bucks an hour. Not bad. But everything else? Not good. Then Matt meets Lovey. She’s got a crazy name, and she’s been through more crazy than he can imagine. Yet Lovey never cries. She’s tough. Really tough. Tough in the way Matt wishes he could be. Which is maybe why he’s drawn to her, and definitely why he can’t seem to shake her. Because there’s nothing more hopeful than finding a person who understands your loneliness—and who can maybe even help take it away.

Publisher: Recorded Books, 2015.
Edition: Unabridged.
ISBN: 9781490658834
Call Number: EAUDIOBOOK AXIS 360
Characteristics: 1 online resource
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Additional Contributors: Baker & Taylor Axis 360
Bib Control Number: 1154880


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JCLEmilyD Apr 25, 2017

Oh so good! Reynolds sure knows how to write an entertaining book while simultaneously writing about deep and real topics. The Boy in the Black Suit, Matt, has just lost his mother. While Matt is trying to cope with the grieving process he finds himself in a new job at a funeral home. He starts sitting in on the funerals and learns a lot about life and loss. Not only is this book well written but it’s funny too!

JCLChrisK Jul 13, 2016

A moving meditation on loss and mourning. A quiet character study. A slice of life.

Matt is trying to figure out how to move forward after the loss of his mother to cancer. High school no longer feels relevant and his Brooklyn neighborhood both grounds and nettles him. He stumbles into a job at a local funeral parlor, where he unexpectedly finds solace, a mentor, and a love interest. Gradually Matt works through his grief and figures out how to begin healing.

Realistic, tangible, and nuanced, this vividly captures lived experience.


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joann1949 Sep 18, 2015

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.


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