The Coldest Winter Ever Sister Souljah
Winter Santiaga lives in the Brooklyn Projects, but still lives the high life. It all crumbles when her father is thrown in prison for his gang activities. The Feds have seized all of her family's wealth and her possessions, so Winter starts every scam she knows, trying to get a piece of the game so she can stay on top.
Urban fiction is not a genre I normally read and I read this (a classic of the genre) because I felt I should know what everyone was talking about. Winter's voice is crude and vulgar, but I believed it 100%. I actually got into the story, even if I didn't like the characters (it's more plot focused anyway.) I also liked how Sister Souljah was a character in the book and Winter HATED her. My only complaint with that is at one point, Sister Souljah uses her own voice to say some pretty ignorant things about AIDS (she's afraid to touch people who have it, or even be in close contact with them.) And, even though the book whacks you upside the head with a "crime doesn't pay" message, it was a really fun ride.
I don't think I'm going to be reading a lot more urban fiction (some though, because it is really popular at my library and that's part of my job!) but this one did pleasantly surprise me. I liked it a lot more than I like teen urban fiction.
Book Provided by... my local library
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