If You Come Softly by Jacqueline Woodson

Though from starkly different backgrounds, Jeremiah and Ellie experience an instant connection which soon progresses to love. While the two share deep feelings for each other, they have difficulty dealing with the world’s judgment of their interracial romance, and must rise above the hatred around them. Using excellent dialogue and smooth, poetic prose, Woodson’s novel touches on themes such as racism, stereotypes, and heartbreak.

If you’re a romance lover, this one’s for you. Though heavy at times, Woodson story features the best of teenage romance, with great dialogue and believable characters. While you may have trouble relating to parts of Miah’s or Ellie’s life (both are fairly wealthy kids attending prep school), you’ll have no problem understanding their feelings. I personally felt that the novel was a little short, and I would have liked more plot and character development in some areas. However, for what it is — a slice of Miah and Ellie’s life — it does extremely well. While it may be a quick read, If You Come Softly leaves much to think and talk about, especially concerning social issues.

Rating: 4/5

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