If You Come Softly

If You Come Softly #1

Jacqueline Woodson

fiction contemporary romance young adult
emotional reflective medium-paced

181 pages | first published 1998

Both Elisha (Ellie) and Jeremiah (Miah) attend Percy Academy, a private school where neither quite fits in. Ellie is wrestling with family demons, and Miah is one of the few African American students. The two of them find each other, and fall in love -- but they are hesitant to share their newfound happiness with their friends and families, who will not understand. At the end, life makes the brutal choice for them.

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emotional 86%
sad 82%
reflective 56%
hopeful 21%
challenging 13%
dark 13%
inspiring 8%
adventurous 4%
informative 4%
relaxing 4%
tense 4%


medium 59%
fast 27%
slow 13%

Plot- or character-driven?

Character: 100%

Strong character development?

Yes: 60% | It's complicated: 20% | No: 20%

Loveable characters?

Yes: 90% | It's complicated: 4% | N/A: 4%

Diverse cast of characters?

Yes: 100%

Flaws of characters a main focus?

No: 50% | Yes: 35% | It's complicated: 15%

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