Tuesday, June 27, 2017

The Boy in the Black Suits by Jason Raynolds | Life Goes On

Title: The Boy in the Black Suit
Author: Jason Reynolds
Date Published: January 2015
Publisher: Atheneum Books
Pages: 272
Language: English
ISBN: 9781442459502

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.

Well I perceived this book like an appetizer.  You see, I heard great things about All American Boys and the theme is kinda my things. But the softcover is yet to be released so I treated myself with this book just to peek into Reynolds writing skill. 

It's kinda muffled.

Is it strange when I said I read and heard the books? When it's a good book the voice is clear and strong, when it's not the voice is soft. I can't hear it well.

This book, theme and characters wise are one of my favorite but I just don't connect with them. It's just bland. I don't feel any emotions whatsoever.

The story was about Matt who trying to live after his mother dead with a father who can't seem to move on and wrecking himself to almost death. He worked at a funeral house and met a girl-the girl. He learned a lot from her how to accept the grief, how to embrace and live with it. 

See? The theme was great, superb. Try it, maybe I became really picky after so many many many plates of books.

Nonetheless I give it, 3 stars


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