A 2016 Coretta Scott King Writer Honor book.
Just when seventeen-year-old Matt thinks he can’t care for one more piece of terrible news, he meets a girl who’s dealt with a lot more—and who just may be able to clue him in on how to stand up when life keeps knocking him down—in this “vivid, satisfying, and in the end upbeat tale of grief, redemption, and grace” (Kirkus Reviews) from the Coretta Scott King – John Steptoe Award–winning Writer of When I Was the Greatest.
Matt wears a black suit each day. No, not because his mom died—even if 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 care for the bills (or anything, Actually) on his own. So at the same time as 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 consider. Yet Lovey never cries. She’s tough. Actually 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.