The End is a little confusing. Jeremiah is shot by the police and dies. The reader gets this message through a call by Jeremiahs mother. It is not completely clear how Ellie deals with this loss. However three years later she goes to a good college.
After Woodson published “If you come softly” the characters of the book stayed in her mind. Therefore she wrote another book called “Behind You”. After the terrorist attack on 9th of September Woodson thought about the life after loosing a loved one.