The stunning national bestseller now features an illuminating discussion with Sister Souljah her secret thoughts on creating the story that has sold than one million copies worldwide and introduced readers everywhere to the real ghetto experience Here are answers to the questions fans everywhere have been asking the meanings and inspirations behind such memorableThe stunning national bestseller now features an illuminating discussion with Sister Souljah her secret thoughts on creating the story that has sold than one million copies worldwide and introduced readers everywhere to the real ghetto experience Here are answers to the questions fans everywhere have been asking the meanings and inspirations behind such memorable characters as Winter, Midnight, and Santiaga and insights into why and how Souljah conceived of one of the most powerful novels of our time.
The Coldest Winter Ever The stunning national bestseller now features an illuminating discussion with Sister Souljah her secret thoughts on creating the story that has sold than one million copies worldwide and introduced re
Lovely read A classic,ruthless,blunt with lots of cliffhangers in the storyline and is exceptionally written I encourage everyone to read this book paperback
Winter Santiaga is a spoiled, materialistic, troubled teenager Throughout the novel, she is constantly trying to stay on top She grows up in the ghetto with a father who is a drug kingpin Her father spoils her rotten and her mother feeds into this They finally move out of the ghetto and into a rich, suburban area Winter feels isolated and needs to go back to the ghetto and brag to her friends and complete strangers Winter also sees no problem with spending a few hundred dollars on an outfit and [...]
David has insinuated that this novel is in some way comparable to Hitler or Mariah Carey, which I think is unfair This book has been responsible neither for the attempted extinction of a race of people, nor for Glitter and dog whistle mimicry It is not a book that is going to stay in my heart for a long period of time, but one does care about the characters, and she writes vividly and is never boring And that is enough for three stars, considering this was not a book I chose to read myself, so I [...]
I would be rating this book highly if I hadn t read the explanatory notes at the back It had me struggling to drop off at night as I couldn t wait to find out what Winter would do next to recover from the disintegration of her life as the over indulged daughter of a very rich Brooklyn drug dealer Despite being almost a caricature of materialism and self interest, Winter is so inventive and sharp I found it impossible not to root for her through most of her exploits, though she hurt many people [...]
This is the ultimate hood lit novel, but Souljah does it with such style, not amateurism.
Oooo, Winter Santiaga is so mean Yet, so likeable She s a total Scarlett O Hara character.Also, way to drop some crazy metafiction in there, Sister Souljah And feminism This book is a classic in the making It s probably the next A Tree Grows in Brooklyn.
I loved this book because it was very realt that I know anything about the ghetto, but it kept my interest because it was written from a real life perspective I was always yelling at the main character in the book for being a complete idiot, but that s why I loved it too.
Oh boy I completely devoured this book It was so much better than I expected It takes real life situations and makes them accessible to everyone I didn t like Winter as a character but boyyy is her story like so many other young women who get caught up in an endless cycle of trying to keep up with a lifestyle that s not realistic especially when it s funded by drug money I definitely will be checking out the next book in this series even though it s not necessarily a direct sequel.
Overrated that s what I first thought when I finished reading the Coldest Winter Ever by sister souljah I thought the book was a let down for all the people thinking they are going to read the greatest novel in urban literature I could not stand the naive ness of the character s Winter, Ricky Santiaga and her mother I believe she made it seem like all black people from the hood didn t know any better It was a stupid idea for her to add her own self in the story Sister Souljah was mentioned throu [...]
I like to read outside of my comfort zone But this far out I probably needed a bathysphere And now I got the bends.Imagine you re reading On Cheshil Beach by Ian McEwan, and after the famous wedding night scene a friend of Florence told her that her and Edward should really go and see this highly recommended marriage guidance councellor, so they decide to give it a shot, and it turns out to be a guy called Ian McEwan, who is this lovely wise person who they instantly trust And he dispenses his w [...]
Updated review Now I remember why I started to explore books by Black authors I tried to remember what made me enjoy reading so much and, after rereading The Coldest Winter Ever, now I ve got it I always enjoyed reading but there was a time when books seemed to come alive for me and it is marked by Sister Souljah s first novel I grew up in the suburbs and know nothing of life in New York, the drug game, etc But I ve always felt The Coldest Winter Ever I learned the importance of connecting with [...]
I might have enjoyed the book if she had not written herself into the novel as a free spirited woman, helping children who have Lost their way without playing any significant part in the narrative other than boisterously portraying how much she s above all these women Only a narcissist can write herself into her own novel as a Deus Ex Machina.All that set aside even Swann s way does not have a 80 page appendix explaining its intricacies I do not see the point of an 80 page once again 80 PAGES a [...]
I read this book back in my early twenties, Like one reviewer states Winter is like Scarlett O hara a mean bitch but you can t help but to root for her She s vain, spoiled, selfish and will do anything to make it But I have to respect her survival skills Winter is the beautiful first born daughter of a drug kingpin in Brooklyn, She s treated like a ghetto princess Of course you know what usually happens with drug kingpins the father goes to jail and all their bank accounts valuable property is s [...]
This book is one of those deals where the historical impact of a novel forces you to separate the socio cultural relevance from the actual literal content to objectively criticize it As a result, it also makes criticizing it difficult than is apparent at first glance Souljah s book has been heralded as a classic and she herself, in the appendix, states that she wanted to write a book that was the best novel I ever read in my lifetime The key here is that she does not say the best piece of liter [...]
I am a little embarrassed that I hadn t read this one before it was published about 10 years ago but it still seems to be THE book by which all urban fiction is judged And I can see why.It s compulsively readable Winter Santiago is the teenaged daughter of the man who controls the Brooklyn drug trade She grew up in luxury, and no less obsessed with fashion labels and image than any Gossip Girl But when her father s business collapses, she is determined to make use of her pretty face and her busi [...]
Now I remember why this is my all time fav My opinion of Souljah dwindled after reading the three books that followed this in the series Two of the Midnight books and Porsche s book I found her writing style to be all over the place and heavily laced with personal and sometimes offensive opinions Re reading this story made me fall in love with the characters and the author all over again What I love about this novel over the others is while the opinions are still there, it is not as blatant as i [...]
Took me 65 pg to get in to it But so worth it
I could not put this book down, no matter what was going on around me This world was far from my world, yet it was so real How long does it take to learn a lesson
I just finished reading the Coldest Winter Ever and to my amazement I was displeased with the ending but I understand the message clearly I can not get the sting of how she captured the essence of how clothes, hair, jewelry, houses, and cars are just materialistic dust Winter is the prime example of everything I ve seen and have promised myself never to become That means working long hours and spending way too much time angry over a B I might receive for a paper I want better for my child and un [...]
The book definitely moves along quickly and makes you wanna know what happens next However, in order for me to like a book I either have to like the character or at least feel sympathy for the character I neither liked nor felt sorry for Winter She got everything she deserved and the end really didn t state whether she really learned from her mistakesd some of what happened to her there was no reasoning behind it She got an abortion, so what She didn t learn anything She got to live with Sista S [...]
I really enjoyed this book I can t wait to read the rest in the series I just Winter would ve chose a better decisions but hey when your back is up against the wall, you ll do anything by any means to survive Read this book Its worth it.
Read this years ago it is THE book that made me want to be a writer and loved it Reading it again with my Teens Book Club.
I ve read this book almost 5 years ago but I remember loving it This book is the book that originally got me hooked onto the urban street lit genre My first urban book And oooh did I love me some midnight Definitely a must read
Finally done The only problem I had with this book was that it was mad long Other than that the story was banging, and it went hard from out the gate, so I had to give it five stars.
Yeah yeah I know this book is old like 1999 and for the record yes I have read it before but after reading both Midnight books and then seeing her highly anticipated sequel A Deeper Love Inside the Porsche Santiaga story I realized I needed a refresher as I don t remember all the details on Porsche or I didn t even remember all the backstory you get on Midnight I reread this hood classic and was just as mesmerized and intrigued by this sordid and real tale as I was when I first read it oh so man [...]
she took us on a roller coasterr ride she was magnificent
Wow I was worried this wouldn t live up to all the hype that I ve heard As soon as anyone hears this name of this book all I hear are GREAT things so needless to say I was scared to start because I didn t want to be let down I can t believe how the book grabbed me from page one Now I see why everyone is upset she took so much time off from writing She should be writing as much as possible I don t know where to start I wish the book hadn t ended in a way because I absolutely LOVED reading about W [...]
AAMBC Book Review, May 26, 2008 You can t say your a true book reader, if you havent read this book by sister souljah One of the best street novels you would ever want to get your hands on Winter Santiago is a spoiled brat and when her world is turned into a full 360 she has to find a way to survive If you think you can use your body to get you what you want, your are in dullison But Winter thought she could When it is all said and done Winter is in a place that she never thought she would be Bu [...]
Gosh, this took me forever to read But in the end I enjoyed it Some places the story was slow paced, and I was turned off by the ignorant main character, Winter But overrall, Souljah did a fantastic job weaving a story about about the ghetto, the struggle, and the hustle of New York The characters all had interesting, distinctive, unique personalities, and there are many places in the story, you will find yourself relating to The book leaves a lot of things unresolved, and that always bothers me [...]
This book was surprisingly amazing It evoked thoughts for me that were endless I read this book a long time ago and I still remember things about it and think about it It made me realize that it is very easy to think your way of life is normal, but it showed that what may be an outlandish way of living to me may be normal to someone else Everyone grows up differently with different experiences Also fascinating to me was the way that people can follow in their parents footsteps no matter how much [...]