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If You Come Softly

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3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

Black Boy, White Girl

Jeremiah Roselind is an intelligent black teenage boy who has to attend a fancy prep school. He bumps into Ellie Eisen, a white girl, in the hallway, and they are immediately attracted to one another. Disapproving glances, whispering voices, snide remarks -it isn't the ...
Jeremiah Roselind is an intelligent black teenage boy who has to attend a fancy prep school. He bumps into Ellie Eisen, a white girl, in the hallway, and they are immediately attracted to one another. Disapproving glances, whispering voices, snide remarks -it isn't the reactions from other people that tear this young couple apart before their relationship has a real chance to grow, but a tragic event. This is an interesting, well-written story about interracial dating. I was saddened by the ending.

posted by KLBCHOICES on January 11, 2011

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1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

okay read

the story was short but it was a good book.

posted by 5589217 on February 13, 2011

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  • Posted November 27, 2009

    My review of If You Come Softly

    If you come softly was not the best book i have ever read. it was okay. I understood the interracial concept of the book, but i feel the writing didnt truly and fully captivate the message. A big issue i had with the book was the writing. The author switched first person and third person quit often throught the book, in which made me confused. Another issue was the ending of the book- it didnt make sense. Did Miah die or what? the book is about two young teenagers who falls in love at first site despite the color of their skin. Both Miah and ellie semmed so in love. At the end of the book in chapter 24, both ellie's family and miah's family come together has if Miah died or something. The last few sentence of chapter 23 says "Again, just like that day, Jeremiah felt a sudden, terrible sadness. And the nothing at all." On chapter 26 it reads- "There is a plaque outside the gym at Percy. It reads In Memory of Jeremiah Roselind. Somewhere someone will always be calling your name." What happened to Jeremiah did he kill himself. If he did, it doesnt make sense because why would someone who loves someone with their every being in their body want to end their life. Plus the author doesnt seem to convey Ellie's fellings towards the lost of Jeremiah, if that is what happened. After finishing this novel I anticipated i was left disappointed and confused!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 13, 2007

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    If you come softly is a book that grabs the reader and keeps them wanting to read, no matter what is going on. I know. I began reading it at work and nearly snuck off from my job to finish it. I finished it in the dentist office, in the chair, waiting for the meds to take effect. It totally put the usual dread of the dentist out of my mind. The story of Elli, a beautiful Jewish girl of fifteen, and Miah, a high school basketball star, son of a talented writer and genious movie producer, 'who just happens to be black', is completely believable and heart warming, till the tragic end. The book is a reminder of the ugliness and unfairness of racism and prejudice and how it effects young peoples lives, especially when they find love. But, it also captures a romance between two young people magnificently. The author handles the subject superbly. Her poetic style is intransive and fills the heart and mind of the reader with emotions. I loved this book, though the end was harsh. But, it was a fitting way of showing us all how much change is needed in society towards interracial unions.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 2, 2005

    A very good book

    THis book is so good you should read it. it was sad though because I wish miah wouldnt have died at the end ( sorry for telling the ending) Well anyone should read it

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 24, 2005

    -_-;;

    i dont get what the book is about sad, boring, and a pitiful book.. - -;;

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 10, 2003

    DISAPPOINTED!

    Well i really didnt like this book. It wasnt really descriptive and the ending was too quick and was just stupid and un-realistic. You could tell how the book was going to end by a mile long! Ive read plenty of books where the couples where of different races but this by far was just so stereo-typical the usual tragic ending...

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 8, 2002

    the back of the book is better than what's inside

    wow this book was BORING. the author barely goes into description in the majority of the book. it was obvious what was going to happen in the end. it seems like a rip off of save the last dance except the ending.

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