I said it in my review of his second book, that Jason Reynolds was quickly becoming a powerhouse and with the September 2015 publish date of All-American Boys co-written with Brendan Kiely , it’s safe to say that that’s been solidified.
Of the three, my favorite continues to be The Boy in the Black Suit. It has everything from a simple evocative title, beautifully vivid characters in emotionally-charged situations, to true depth and relationship-building through shared experiences and understanding. You can’t help but make the comparison to the sentimentality and atmospheric bests of Walter Dean Myers resonating within the pages of this one. Though it’s all Reynolds’ own.
Yet it’s safe to say that All-American Boys will become an anthem of a new generation filled with hashtags and revolution. A contemporary classic. A call to action. A battle cry.