"Some mornings, there is only this in the world--Jeremiah's hand reaching for my own. There isn't Marion's warning about time making changes we can't ever anticipate. Only Miah's hand in mine and a voice much louder than Marion's--my own--saying, Take this moment and run, Ellie. Take this moment and run."
I first became aware of Jacqueline Woodson through Natasha's blog and then I saw her on a panel at the L.A. Times Festival of Books. I have a lot of learning to do when it comes to YA and children's literature, needless to say! I read a review of this particular book at Regular Rumination and just popped it right into my reading schedule. Thankfully, it's a short book so that didn't throw me off.
If you Come Softly is Jeremiah and Elisha (Miah and Ellie)'s story. Miah is black and Ellie is white, but they don't see that as much as they see each other and they fall in love. But due to the fact that they aren't of the same race, they face some opposition from the world around them. Just to be clear, though, the book isn't really heavy on that. It comes up certainly, and it's dealt with, but this is first and foremost the story of two young people, each with their own hurts and life experiences, doubts and struggles, hopes and dreams who fall in love. There is a certain melancholy feel to the book..so true of being a teenager!
The writing is really beautiful, really true to that age and those first feelings of falling in love. But I will warn you, this is a tearjerker. And it's so short! How does she do it?!? But she does!
I really recommend this book. I already have a few other Jacqueline Woodson books in my TBR pile and they are also short so they're perfect to squeeze in between all those big heavy books! :)
Source of Book: I bought it.