If You Come Softly: Twentieth Anniversary Edition Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
A lyrical story of star-crossed love perfect for readers of The Hate U Give, by national ambassador for children’s literature Jacqueline Woodson - now celebrating its 20th anniversary, and including a new preface by the author
Jeremiah feels good inside his own skin. That is, when he's in his own Brooklyn neighborhood. But now he's going to be attending a fancy prep school in Manhattan, and black teenage boys don't exactly fit in there. So it's a surprise when he meets Ellie the first week of school. In one frozen moment their eyes lock, and after that they know they fit together - even though she's Jewish and he's black. Their worlds are so different, but to them that's not what matters. Too bad the rest of the world has to get in their way.
Jacqueline Woodson's work has been called “moving and resonant” (Wall Street Journal) and “gorgeous” (Vanity Fair). If You Come Softly is a powerful story of interracial love that leaves readers wondering "why" and "if only..."
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|Listening Length||3 hours and 42 minutes|
|Narrator||Jacqueline Woodson, Jorjeana Marie, Guy Lockard|
|Audible.ca Release Date||March 06 2018|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #156,705 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
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Top reviews from Canada
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I picked up If You Come Softly after one of my 6th grade students recommended it to me. I read the first few chapters effortlessly, and when someone asked me what it was about, I simply said, "Not much." You see--it's not an in your face narrative. It's simple and soft, and the alternating perspectives are hardly noticed--all signs of outstanding writing. I was halfway through the book before I realized the gentle power of the story.
Ellie and Miah attend the same school and have similar views of the world, but they are so different that their sudden love for each other seems impossible. Ellie is the white daughter of a distantly married couple; her numerous brothers and sisters are older and have moved throughout the country. Miah is the black son of celebrities who have recently separated. Both teenagers attend the exclusive Percy School, which is where they meet by chance and fall in love. Despite the stares and whispers, they choose to stay together and learn more about each other. Their love is mature and real (and the author spares us from unnecessary sex scenes). We know from page one that tragedy awaits this relationship, but it doesn't damper the unfolding of their relationship and our interest in the potential of their lives. They love each other innocently and completely, and they tip-toe cautiously into the world of each other's families.
Woodson demonstrates a world view through the voices of these two high school characters--they understand more about race relations than most adults do. There are times, however, when their views of races seems too simplistic--perhaps this was intentional, or perhaps this is Woodson's own view. It's too easy to group together all "whites" or all "blacks" and to create stereotypes of old ladies who stare. But the overall message is appreciated.
I can't say enough about the gentle nature of this story. How an author can provoke so much emotion in such a delicately written story is truly amazing. Woodson is a masterful writer, and this story is perfectly told.
I really would have liked to see how Ellie's parents would have reacted to seeing Jeremiah but, the book ends with a twist which in my eyes, was not very well done. I had to read the last 4 chapters again to get what actually happened and when I finally found it out, I was shocked and saddened with a lot of questions in my head... "Why did it happen?" "Who did it?"
The big problem is there's a lot of "flowery" writing in the book that I feel dosen't get to the point.
It's a good reader for teen girls but, I would'nt recommend it for teen males.
It would be a great to teach this work at the 7-9th grade level, for often students will miss the subtle points the author is making about race and racism.
I look forward to more books like this being written.
Top reviews from other countries
Honestly, I have no words, other than to say, after I closed the book, I sat and I cried, and I cried. I can't even tell you how long I cried.
This is a relatively short story, focusing on the relationship between Ellie and Micah, which occurs over a few short months. It is also the story of each teen's relationship with their parents and family.
This book is fillled with some heavy, and thought-provoking issues centered around race, family, love, and what it means to truly see another person for what is inside their heart and soul.
It is beautifully written and heartbreaking, and I strongly urge all of you to read it.