Kid’s Book Review: The Boy in the Suit

Kid’s Book Review: The Boy in the Suit

About the Book and Author

Ten-year-old Solo – embarrassingly, that isn’t short for anything – just wants to be normal.

He wants a name that doesn’t stand out. He wishes he had a proper school uniform that fitted him. He dreams about a mum who doesn’t get the Big Bad Reds, like his mum Morag.
But most of all he longs to stop crashing funerals for the free food.

But when Solo and Morag crash the funeral of a celebrity and get caught, the press are there to witness their humiliation. The next day it’s splashed across the papers. Before Solo knows it, he becomes a viral sensation, and life may never be normal again.

Solo’s uphill pursuit of security, community and connection will break your heart and then mend it.

James Fox works in the International sales department of Scholastic (publisher). This is his first book for children.

Book Review

It's a really powerful book as it shows how love can make such a difference

I really enjoyed this book as it taught me a lot about how some peoples lives are impacted by the cost of living. It’s a really powerful book as it shows how love can make such a difference. Some people in life get divorced, find another partner and move on. This is what Solo struggles with. Only, his Mum, Morag, who he lives with, lost her job. She doesn’t have enough money living – and Solo and his Mum try to find a way through this. A person might have many tough times in life but you need to move on and if you need help ask. Asking for something might not be easy but you need to keep strong and fight for what is right.

Solo had a tough start to life. Solo and Morag started crashing parties. His dad left when he was young and his mother is very poor. Morag told him his father wanted nothing to do with his life but when Morag disappeared, he felt lonely and had to stay with his dad and to-be stepmother. That’s when he realised his Mum was trying to keep him away form his dad – not that his Dad didn’t want to see him. Solo’s life was hard but in the end he overcame the difficulties he was facing.

This book teaches us that we might have a big worries/difficulties time in life but we can overcome them. I think that Solo was going through a difficult period in his life and when he asked for help in the end, everyone understood and started to help in any way that they could. It all went in a happy direction in the end. I think that this book should be for confident readers age 9+.

Be a part of this big world and enjoy all the moments you have in it. Keep all the amazing memories stored up and ask if you are in any difficulties! (✿◡‿◡)

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Reviewer Profile

  • Name: Chloe
  • Age: 11 years
  • Likes: Swimming, maths and being kind to others
  • Dislikes: sprouts and unkindness
  • Favourite Book: Into the Volcano by Jess Butterworth
  • Favourite Song: SiX by Six
  • Favourite Movie: The Last Song