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Coldest Winter Ever, The [Paperback]

Sister Souljah
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16 Jun 2009
Renowned hip-hop artist, political activist and bestselling author Sister Souljah brings the streets of New York to life in a powerful and utterly unforgettable first novel.

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  • Paperback: 353 pages
  • Publisher: SIMON SCHUSTER UK; New edition edition (16 Jun 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 074327010X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0743270106
  • Product Dimensions: 21.3 x 16.1 x 2.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (57 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 106,246 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Winter is nasty, spoiled, and almost unbelievably libidinous, and it's ample evidence of the author's talent that she is also deeply sympathetic."

--"The New Yorker"

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Sister Souljah is best known for her work as a political activist and educator of underclass urban youth. A graduate of Rutgers University, she is a beloved personality in her own community. She lives in New Jersey City with her husband and son.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
By Misqué
I didn't enjoy this book as much as I thought I would and I think this is the longest it has taken to read a book in recent memory. I normally like to read a bit every day but with this the pull of the book just wasn't there. I just kept finding the whole book very annoying and it just didn't do anything for me personally. I decided to pick it up again last night and get through it before I forgot what was happening with the plot etc and thankfully, even though it is over 300 pages long, the last 50 or so are an analysis of the book and a Q&A session by Sister Souljah.

There are a few reasons I didn't like the book. Firstly, I didn't really like any of the characters except for Midnight and I did feel pity for Winter's mother. I found the character Winter OTT and everything about her just annoyed me. I couldn't relate to or understand her and I found the dialogue hard work to be honest. The storyline was okay and I guess it was eye-opening to see how you never know what's around the corner and a family can be torn apart and lives destroyed in the blink of an eye.

Anyway, for me what killed the book was I couldn't help but feel that it was written purely for Sister Souljah to promote herself because to me half the book was about her and I didn't really like the fact she was writing a story about herself and making out like she was so perfect. I don't know anything about her or her status but I found it rather tacky and it grated on me the whole book. The plot would be going on nicely and all of a sudden it was rudely interrupted by a mention of her on the radio, the work she does, speeches thrown in etc and that's just in the plot, in situations she wasn't even present. Very annoying! Then a fairly big section of the book is almost promoting her and her activities/work.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Book 6 Oct 2005
By "she83"
This book is fantastic... Sista Souljah has Winter down to a tee she has you addicted from the start, this is one of the few books that I have read over five times and have never been bored... Waiting for the next installment
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
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Format:Mass Market Paperback
I picked up this book at a Hair and Beauty Show in London and had never read one of her titles before. When I finished it I went straight on the internet frantically searching for more of her fiction titles. My 3 sisters and my cousin also couldn't put the book down. It was a masterpiece. Realistic, sad, funny, "street" & oh so real. I laughed with Winter, I cried with Winter, I boosted with Winter, but most of all I wanted to hunt out Sister Souljah and beg - even pay her! to get more material out there. When you finally manage to put this book down you will find yourself oh so vexed that you've come to the end! 5 stars just doesn't even do her justice!
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating Read - Impossible to Put Down! 2 Sep 2003
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I merely bought this book after recommendation from the site - living in the UK I had never heard of Sister Souljah but boy do I know about her talents now! I finished the book in 2 days and everything else suffered - work, friends, love life!
The book was superbly written and true to life - it was written so well it was like watching a film and seeing the lives of actors rather than reading a book!
Winter was a girl you wanted to hit, scream at, love and give a hug all at once, and reiterated the point that money really doesnt buy you happiness!
This is a recommended MUST READ, and no other book I've read yet has compared to this work of art!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars ONE OF THE BEST EVER!!! 6 Jun 2010
I learned about this book through reading Wahida Clark's 'Thugs & the women that love them'. I enjoyed that book so much that I decided to read some of the books she cited as she had compared her and her friends to Winter and hers.
The coldest winter ever is most defo a book that one should read.
From the start you will see that the book is well written, its just smooth almost as if the story being told is not fictional. Winter is a young girl that goes through a long hard journey, the reader experiences the journey with her, you will laugh with her and cry with her and hope that she reaches the end of the tunnel. This book was so great that I just had to share it so I passed it along to numerous family members and friends who all throughly enjoyed it and after reading decided to buy it for their own collections. A defo MUST BUY! Sister Souljah out did herself and set the bar so high for her fellow writers!

one of the best books I have ever read!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Why am I so late? 1 Sep 2009
I received this book this morning and i've spent all day reading, and i'm very upset that it's finished. This book sucked me in...I really didn't like the character Winter and I kept willing for her to change, but she never turned over a new leaf. This book had me so engrossed, this has not happened for such a long time. All I know now is that I want to read the rest of Sister Souljah's book because the way she describes things makes me see them through the pages. Excellent, excellent, excellent.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Finished it within a day 6 Nov 2005
By A Customer
I LOVED this book! So real, and so true, really opens the eyes to those who haven't seen or experienced the things that goes on in the ghettos. It was so good to read something that I had knowledge of, something that I saw as an everyday thing - rather than those unbelieveable fairytale like books that every one seems to read.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars classic book
i think this must be in every readers collection. it is gritty from the start and full of shocks and suprises. sister souljah has a brilliant imagination and writing mind.
Published 1 month ago by Danica Thomas
3.0 out of 5 stars Coldest winter ever
the book wasn't what I expected. The story line was just ok. About only half of the book is the story, the rest is about characters. I guess it will be good for book groups.
Published 1 month ago by medinat agboluaje
1.0 out of 5 stars I threw it away
This booked was recommended to me and I thought it might make a good read. I was put off by the foul language and offensive acts that the child was stating that she did with... Read more
Published 2 months ago by S4M
4.0 out of 5 stars An Interesting, Unique Read that Didn't Need Souljah as a Character
I came across this book while searching for some "urban fiction", something along the lines of Push by Sapphire. This book certainly fits the bill. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Miriam
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing
The book was amazing, couldn't put it down. Received it quickly and finished the book in a few days. Now reading number 2 'a deeper love'
Published 6 months ago by Georgia Climpson
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant!! Couldn't put it down
This book is absloutely brilliant.. thoroughly enjoyed it.. couldn't put it down.. I'd recommend this to anyone.. Looking forward to reading Midnight.
Published 8 months ago by Krystal
3.0 out of 5 stars Worth the read..
After being told I need to read this book i was left a little dissapointed. When the story wasnt on Sister Souljah it was really gripping I just didnt get where her carachter... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Nikki Marshall
5.0 out of 5 stars A good read
One of the best books by Sista Souljah, links into the books about Midnight, cant wait for the sequel about the rest of the Santiaga family
Published 13 months ago by helen
5.0 out of 5 stars Gripping!!!
I read this book because it was recommended as a good read for the book club that my friends and I are in.

The book captures your attention from page one. Read more
Published 14 months ago by DeeDee
3.0 out of 5 stars Hmmm
If you like rough and rugged or gangster lifestyle this book is for you and hopefully you can learn from mistakes.
Published 22 months ago by KG
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