Jason Reynolds didn’t debut in 2016, but he is likely to be my favorite author that I started reading this year. One of the things I like best about him is that he is proof that good writing does not have to be fancy writing. He builds relatable characters and interesting settings and situations using uncomplicated vocabulary and sentence structure.

In The Boy In The Black Suit, Reynolds sticks to his author brand, giving readers a main character we can’t help but root for, then putting them in trying situations so we can see how they react.

I gave The Boy In The Black Suit five stars. Reynolds’ next book, Ghost, is coming up soon on my TBR pile. I’m looking forward to reading it.