Book Review: If You Come Softly

Student Book Reviewer: Tiziana R. – Grade 8

If you come softlyby Jacqueline Woodson
Speak, 2006
Pages: 181
Genre: Romance

Summary: Two people deeply in love but the people around them think it’s wrong. Elisha: A Jewish girl who falls in love but her mom thinks it’s too early for her to love someone.  Jeremiah: The black boy she falls in love with.

  • Did this book hold your attention?  Yes. 
  • Was the story what you expected? Were you disappointed? Surprised? So far from what I read, it’s kinda what I expected because the book does talk about how deeply in love they are but it also does talks about how people think that two people from a different religion or culture shouldn’t be together. So basically you could say that they are racist. 
  • Do you think that the book was suitable for your age? Too violent, swearing, sex, etc.: I think that yes this book is suitable for my age because it’s teaching us how to view things in life from a different perspective. Also teaching us about relationships, which many of us are starting to experience and that we shouldn’t be racist. 
  • Did you like/dislike the book? Why? I liked this book because it teaches you plenty of things and it kinda matches my level of matureness. It’s also similar to other books I read so it keeps me intrigued because I like romance books. 
  • Who would you recommend this book to, even if you disliked it? Give an example. I would recommend this book to anyone who likes romance and for people who like to learn from other people’s mistakes, so in their future they’ll be wiser. For ex: I would give this book to one of my best friends because she loves romance like me. 
  • Is this a stand-alone book, or is it part of a series? This is a stand-alone book not part of a series. 
  • Does the cover art match the style of the book inside? Yes it does because it shows two people from a different culture or religion (one is black the other one isn’t) and they are holding hands and staring at each other (it shows that they are in love).

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