Woodson, Jacqueline

If You Come Softly

(4) YA Jeremiah, who is African American, and Ellie, who is white, meet and fall in love at their private high school. Narrated by Ellie, with alternating chapters presenting Jeremiah's story in the third person, the novel gets inside the heads of these smart, sensitive teenagers, succeeding more as a character study than a stirring romance. The tragic conclusion is moving but truncates a story that requires a deeper edge.


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