If You Come Softly is an outstanding novel that Woodson delivers beautifully, and will leave you pondering a question when you near the conclusioin, as to why the world looks upon love and race so negatively. Many in the world feel that relationships need to stay in the race and no one should ever date outside the race. But isn't change good? Woodson delivers the topic of racial differences and love in a modest yet eye-opening manner.
Woodson depicts two characters Jeremiah and Elisha who are of a different ethnic background, but are drawn to each because of their love for one another.
As Jeremiah and Elisha struggle with the similarites and differences they are facing such as school,getting prepared for college, how to express their feelings for each other, and how to deal with what the world sees as "not appropiate" , they find out that despite their racial differences they are very much alike.
Jeremiah and Elisha discover they attend the same high school unwillingly, and find out that there is more to a person than just judging them from what they see on the outside, or by their color. Spending more time together initiates a relationship, and they fall in love. Now this is more than just your typical fairytail ending, the conclusion is what really takes your breath away and if you had to wipe a tear from your eye, join the club.
If You Come Softly goes beyond the notion of two teenagers falling in love with each other in high school, but expresses the emotional issues that they have to deal with digging deeper into what really goes on in a relationship. Woodson leaves you astounded and makes you ponder about the real issues facing todays society.
Do not hesitate to read this novel over and over again, and if this is your first time hearing of If You Come Softly, place this on your Winter or Summer reading list, because Woodson delivers this piece outstandingly!