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If You Come Softly by Jacqueline Woodson
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Oct 07, 2011

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bookshelves: children-and-young-adult, fiction, 3-stars
Read in July, 2014

Time comes to us softly, slowly. It sits beside us for a while.

Then, long before we are ready, it moves on.
If you want to read a teenage first-love romance that ends with a tragedy, you could do a lot worse than this. And, okay, I feel a little bad for leading with such a flippant statement when this is really a lovely if slim book, with its bold strokes & rushed outlines balanced by delicious lingering over more nuanced emotions, especially the nuances when Ellie and Miah struggled with what they had always known (or not-known) about race and racism. And also about love, family love and romantic love. This story is good, and not just "YA about ~serious issues~ with a tragic romance," because it takes the process of struggling with what to do about racism and family seriously, not just focusing on solutions or the lack of solutions.

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