If You Come Softly by Jacqueline Woodson
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I thought this book was just a cute love story. I was wrong. It started out like any cute romance; the main characters meet, eventually kiss and then one of them DIES! Do you see how this might be different from the average romance? I knew something bad was going to happen that would tear Miah and Ellie apart, I mean it was in the bio, but I thought it was just going to be Ellie’s parents. Instead it was a bullet… I did not see this one coming a mile away. The worst part is that Ellie and Miah were actually cute together (unlike a few other romance books I’ve read recently **cough cough**) and of course one of them has to die. Even though this book was pretty short (only 181 pages), I still was able to get a good grasp on how both Miah’s and Ellie’s families worked and even in only 181 pages I really became attached to both of the characters, and related to Ellie especially. The ending was really sad because you could tell the two really loved each other, but that goes to show you how bad racial profiling is. It destroys people, but also everyone around them. It’s a lesson all those caucasian police officers who are shooting people because of their race need to learn right now. This book really made me think. It was cute and nice as first, but then the turn at the end made you understand this novel wasn’t just written for the fun of it. The author is making a point. This book didn’t hit me as much as The Hate U Give did, and I feel that was probably because of how short it was; still it was a good, important read.
This book completes the ‘Reading roulette: Read the third book you see on your Want to Read shelf.’ requirement for the Goodreads Summer Reading Challenge, because it happened to be the third book that popped up every time I opened my want to read shelf.

Reading roulette: Read the third book you see on your Want to Read shelf.
Good as gold: Read a book that won a Goodreads Choice Award.
Continental drift: Read a book set on every continent.
The book is better: Read a book being adapted for TV or film this year.
Wheel of format: Read a book in a format that you don’t normally read in (­a graphic novel, poetry, a play, an audiobook, etc.).
Stay awhile: Read a book with more than 500 pages.
New voices: Read a debut novel.
Armchair traveler: Read a book set in a destination you want to visit