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What do you think of the book?
What do you think of the narrator, Winter Santiaga? I enjoyed reading a story narrated by a character who I and presumably the author find immature and maybe even annoying. I think the author points out Winter's flaws and the flaws of her environment through the spoiled, mistaken girl's praises.
While many of Winter's major flaws are made obvious, I still find myself sympathizing with her.
I am disappointed that more did not happen with Midnight. While reading the book, I got the feeling that he was going to play a more major role in the events and details about him would be revealed that would be more important to the story.
Overall, I like the book. It is definitely very original in my opinion.
What do you think?
Are there any quotes or short excerpts from the book you especially like and want to post?
"Non ignara mali miseris succurrere disco." Virgil, The Aeneid
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Right from the first chapter things seem to go downhill for the main character Winter. Winter is a very interesting character. She is self obsessed, street smart, without compassion. After all the terrible things she does throughout the novel, hittting an old lady over the head with a sock full of rocks comes to mind, you can not like her. However you will have to admit that she is very interesting and a great read. Is it her fault that she is like she is or is it the way her family has brought her up? Her whole life she has been given everything she ever wanted, she has not had to work a single day in her life. She has been led to believe that material wealth is the yardstick that your friends judge you buy. Winter has chances through the novel to change. At the boarding house she has the chance to get a normal job and change her whole way of life but does not try or even consider it for a second. Instead she does what she does best and starts using everyone there for her own means. Yoiu have to admire how she manipulates everybody there for her own good.
I like how Sister Souljah wrote herself into the novel and gave Winter an intense disliking of herself. Winter can not stand her but has no problem crashing at her place when the offer is placed. I suppose by that stage she does not reallly have anywhere else to go.
I think apart from some great characters, I enjoyed this novel because it opens your eyes to a different world. My own life is so far removed from Winter's it actually does feel like another world.
To sum up, I enjoyed reading "The coldest winter ever" I like a novel which leaves you thinking about it and its characters. I found myself really wanting everything to work out for Lexy and Mercedes and wondering how Winter is going to get along in prison. Knowing Winter I am sure that she is going to be fine.
I think that Sister Souljah has written a novel about Midnight and it is a prequel to "The coldest winter ever" Might be worth a look.
I read this book years ago and it was really great.
I regret they never did make the movie version with
Jada Pinkett Smith. Shame.
I didn't enjoy the sequel to this book "Midnight" at all, though.
But Winter is a classic now. This is like the major hip hop
contribution to literature. LOL!
BTW, there's a great book by TWEET called "Love Is the Drug"
but it's only in e-book format. I got it at either mobipocket
or smashwords and really enjoyed it.
"Love Is the Drug" tells the story of Real Roxanne and it's
This novel is converted to movie