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A 2016 Coretta Scott King Author Honor Book

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 “vivid, satisfying, and ultimately upbeat tale of grief, redemption, and grace” (Kirkus Reviews) from the Coretta Scott King – John Steptoe Award–winning 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. Crazy name, and she’s been through more crazy stuff 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.

James J. Reddington

Jason Reynolds is a #1 New York Times bestselling author, a Newbery Award Honoree, a Printz Award Honoree, a two-time National Book Award finalist, a Kirkus Award winner, a two-time Walter Dean Myers Award winner, an NAACP Image Award Winner, and the recipient of multiple Coretta Scott King honors. Reynolds is also the 2020–2021 National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature. His many books include When I Was the Greatest, The Boy in the Black Suit, All American Boys (cowritten with Brendan Kiely), As Brave as You, For Every One, the Track series (Ghost, Patina, Sunny, and Lu), Look Both Ways, and Long Way Down, which received a Newbery Honor, a Printz Honor, and a Coretta Scott King Honor. He lives in Washington, DC. You can find his ramblings at JasonWritesBooks.com.

  • CCBC Choices (Cooperative Children's Book Council)
  • Lincoln Award: Illinois Teen Readers' Choice Master List
  • South Carolina Picture Book Award Nominee
  • ALA Coretta Scott King Author Honor Book
  • Grand Canyon Reader Award Nominee (AZ)
  • Kansas NEA Reading Circle List High School Title
  • NYPL Best Books for Teens
  • Capital Choices Noteworthy Books for Children's and Teens (DC)
  • Texas Lone Star Reading List
  • Great Lakes Great Books Master List (MI)
  • High School Sequoyah Book award Master List (OK)
  • North Carolina Children's Book Award Nominee
  • TAYSHAS Reading List (TX)
  • Nutmeg Book Award Finalist (CT)
  • Eliot Rosewater Indiana High School Book Award
  • ALA/YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults - Top Ten
  • Bank Street Best Children's Book of the Year Selection Title
  • MSTA Reading Circle List
  • Wisconsin State Reading Association's Reading List
  • Alaska Battle of the Books Lis

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