If You Come Softly

If You Come Softly

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After meeting at their private school in New York, fifteen-year-old Jeremiah, who is black and whose parents are separated, and Ellie, who is white and whose mother has twice abandoned her, fall in love and then try to cope with people's reactions.
Publisher: New York : Putnam's, 1998.
ISBN: 9780399231124
0399231129
Branch Call Number: J/WOOD
Characteristics: 181p. 22cm.

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PearlyBaker
Jul 23, 2017

I'm hiding in the bathroom at the barn crying, again. As the only dude here I was just asked to haul a 50 lb bag of feed. And due to my newly acquired farm strength I was convinced it was the wrong one because it felt more like 20 pounds. So I don't want to ruin my country rep of unadulterated machismo with a keen fashion sense to boot. I was totally caught off guard this time because Jacqueline usually makes me cry on the first page, not the last. Trust me, this is a new level of embarrassment to be caught sobbing in vintage mod shorts, a crisp tie dye from the '91 tour and muck boots (made in the USA of course), while surrounded by tough horse moms in wranglers.

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thinkpositive680
Dec 15, 2016

Big fan of the author and tead this book for a school project and finshied it in one day. Love this book! Cute but sad story, definitely recommend!

PimaLib_CinthiaT May 11, 2016

For young girls who entertain ideas of inter-racial relationships. Good was to initiate conversation.

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wmtlady
May 21, 2015

It is uncanny how Woodson is able to deftly put into words the emotions of teenagers... conflicting, confusing, mind-boggling in their newness, and does so from two people's perspectives, two different backgrounds . The scenes and details of each teenager's life could have been taken from a real person's journal.

I have just finished reading this book, and have just purchased my own copy because the many, many issues it touches on are worth family discussion.

MonsterGirl94 Jun 06, 2013

A great story but so sad. I cried every time i think about it.

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loveepurple124
Aug 20, 2012

this was such a fantastic book, one of my all time favs!

ktj25 Aug 09, 2012

I loved reading this book so much, I read it twice in one week !

Kadie2 Aug 09, 2012

Ugh. this book is amazing. Made me cry and everything.

SAPPHIREBEAR15 Jun 25, 2012

very interesting to read and an excellent plot that will make many readers warm their heart!!!!!!

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evelynprizont
Apr 11, 2012

Beautiful. Very well written. A classic love story made unique with a controversial setting and cast of characters. I highly recommend this book. 5 stars!

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SAPPHIREBEAR15 Jun 25, 2012

“He wondered where that stuff went to, where love went to, how a person could just love somebody one day and boom –- the next day love somebody else.”

SAPPHIREBEAR15 Jun 25, 2012

Time moves over us and past us, and the feeling of lips pressed against lips fades into memory. A picture yellows at its edges. A phone rings in an empty room.”

SAPPHIREBEAR15 Jun 25, 2012

“This is how the time moves - an hour here, a day somewhere, and then it's night and then it's morning. A clock ticking on a shelf. A small child running to school, a father coming home.

SAPPHIREBEAR15 Jun 25, 2012

“In our yearbook, there is a picture of me and Miah - sitting in Central Park - Miah has his lips poked out and is about to kiss me on my cheek. And I'm looking straight into the camera laughing. Two and half years have passed, and still, this is how I remember us. This is how I will always remember us. And I know when I look at that picture, when I think back to those few months with Miah, that I did not miss the moment.”

SAPPHIREBEAR15 Jun 25, 2012

“I don't know," he said softly. "I look into the future and I don't see anything else. It's like it's this big blank space where I should be.”

SAPPHIREBEAR15 Jun 25, 2012

“Thing about white people," Jeremiah's father tells him, "they know what everybody else is, but they don't know they're white" - "Maybe some know it" His father eyed him and smiled "When they walk into a party and everyone's black, they know it. Or when they get caught in Harlem after nightfall, they know it. But otherwise...”

SAPPHIREBEAR15 Jun 25, 2012

“Fifteen. Sixteen was probably something, but fifteen - fifteen was a place between here and nowhere.”

SAPPHIREBEAR15 Jun 25, 2012

“I'm gonna kiss you in each room," he said. "Then it's dinnertime."

"How many rooms to this place?" Ellie asked, her eyes wide.

Miah shrugged. "I'm not counting.”

SAPPHIREBEAR15 Jun 25, 2012

“I think only once in your life do you find someone that you say, "Hey, this is the person I want to spend the rest of my time on this earth with." And if you miss it, or walk away from it, or even maybe, blink - it's gone.”

SAPPHIREBEAR15 Jun 25, 2012

“Time comes to us softly, slowly. It sits beside us for a while. Then, long before we are ready, it moves on.”

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SAPPHIREBEAR15 Jun 25, 2012

After meeting at their private school in New York, fifteen-year-old Jeremiah, who is black and whose parents are separated, and Ellie, who is white and whose mother has twice abandoned her, fall in love and then try to cope with people's reactions.

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