This beautiful book for young adults is about star-crossed first love between a black boy, fifteen-year-old Jeremiah (“Miah”), and a white girl of the same age, Ellie, who meet at Percy Prep School in New York City. In spite of coming from relatively privileged backgrounds, both kids are basically lonely until they find each other.
As their relationship blossoms, they put up with a steady stream of stares and obscene remarks. They talk about it, and decide they will treat it like rain:
Miah: Let’s say it’s rain – the people who got problems with us being together – let’s call them and their problems rain.
Ellie nodded. “Okay, they’re rain.” She smiled. “So now what?”
Miah: “So it’s not always raining, is it? But when it’s not raining, we know the rain isn’t gone forever.”
Ellie sighed. “Well a drought would be a beautiful thing.”
But in the story, it just rains harder, until one day, the downpour doesn’t stop.
Evaluation: Get the Kleenex ready and read this book. Issues of black and white, of divorce and infidelity, even of gay and straight, are touched upon in this book, with sensitivity, realism, and love. Highly recommended.
Rating: 4.5/5 stars
Published by G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers, 1998