Hi, everyone and welcome back. I just want to take this time out to thank you for continuous support of Vee Chronicles. The first few posts; I wanted you guys to understand and get to know me so I opted to write on subjects that were close to my heart. However, it’s time to switch it up!
The Coldest Winter Ever by Sister Souljah was recommended to me by one of my friends called Daniel. A couple of my other friends had mentioned it to me in the past saying it’s one of their favourite books. Sister Souljah is recognised for being a Hip-hop recording artist, a film producer plus many other things. Her writing style is very raw, vulgar and could be seen as offensive. I mean, don’t get me wrong, I swear, but the foul language had me covering my eyes.
Main Body Of The Book
The Coldest Winter Ever has been based in and around the Brooklyn area. Winter Santiaga is the daughter of a big time drug dealer Ricky Santiaga. We first meet Winter when she’s a young child and we follow her journey through her adolescent years. Winter was such a lost child. But she 100% thought she had her shit together. For the reason that she had all the heels, everyone on the block was scared of her; she had a gang who would ride out at the drop of the hat. Winter had men and lots of them (trust me on that) she would meet a guy and fuck him on the same day. Her morals were undoubtedly questionable; she was conceited in addition to spoiled rotten, but enjoyed living life as a pampered princess.
Santiaga moved his family out of the projects and into a big lavish house in Long Island but that’s when things started to disintegrate. Even through all of that winter remained strong and listened to everything her dad had taught her. For example, how to remain strong be ahead of the game all that good stuff. Things started to break for her when she when to visit Santiaga at Rikers Island she discovered he had a mistress that was not much older than her who had a baby boy. That was the first time she felt any hate towards her daddy.
Being the ruthless bitch that she is, Winter sets out to live life on her. As she was heavily influenced by the drug world Winter was very obsessed and attracted to money, power coupled with being in control. She tried to think of ways to rebuild her father’s empire. Winter made all the wrong moves she stole and deceived people who helped her. She went out of her way to find men to look after her, but they only wanted one thing from her that was her body.
Sister Souljah herself appears as a “fictional” character in the book. I actually really liked the fact she did that. Her character was basically a voice of reason and help. What I enjoyed most about the book most was the fact Sister Souljah imparts different lessons. Such as:
Friendships: The relationships you have with your friends and acquaintances can be very detrimental to you. At times, admittedly its hard to know the difference. But having people around you who aren’t real can literally kill your soul.
Womanhood: What i learnt from Winters mum was that as a woman you need to have you own. It’s such a lital thing. Once a man leaves, what will you have for yourself. If everything is in his name, money, car, the house et.and God forbid he goes jail or leave you for a younger model. What will you do. I’ve seen it happen so many times to people around me too many times. you must be able to sustain yourself with out a man, because they really aint shit.
Fathers: I honestly believe they have the best intentions. Sometimes they just don’t get it right, which is a hard pill to swallow. When our fathers disappoint us we look in all the wrong directions to fill that void. To be that “daddy figure” Sister Souljah depicts how destructive this can be to ones self.
I do believe that Winter’s voice is shared by many people of today whether it be male or female. Who are addicted to money, drugs and violence which in the end devalue the lives of the youth. I would 100% recommend for all to read the book I tried my best to give you the best overview without telling you the plots and twist. I couldn’t put this book down and I know many of my friends who read this novel and have felt the same. It took me 10 days to read it and if I’m honest, it would off been finished much sooner if I didn’t have to work.
So until next time my lovelies, I’m signing out.