The Boy in the Black Suit by Jason Reynolds
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Grief takes many forms, and for Matt his grieving gets worked out while working at the local funeral parlor (his first choice got taken while he was dealing with the immediate aftermath of his mother's death, his second choice was... well... wrong). Life in Bed-Stuy is slightly better than the good old days of incessant violence, but it's clear that this is still a more down-and-out neighborhood than a middle class area. As Matt attends funerals, falls in love and generally moves on with his life, readers will recognize that no matter where you are, or who you are, there are generalities about being a recently bereft teen that transcend place.
ARC provided by publisher.