It’s always difficult to select a favorite book, especially when each book you read has impacted you in some way. Each time I read a book more often than not, I am able to identify with scenes, characters and situations. So, if I had to select a favorite book at this time, it would be one in which I felt I could connect with the character on a very personal level. It would be a book that I could not go to bed without reading. In which I actually stayed up till the wee hours of the night turning pages. A book that I was able to pass along to others, so that they too could relate, identify and perhaps apply a life lesson. Up to this very day the book that has been one I’ve handed off to plenty is, The Coldest Winter Ever by Sistah Souljah.
The story is about a young teen, Winter Santiago, daughter ofa key drug dealer of Brooklyn. Her father ruled Brooklyn and kept his family up to date with high fashion, fancy jewelry, and all top of the line items. Winter quickly became accustom to the life her father provided. She partied with her friends rather than attending class and simply just enjoyed the fast life. Sooner than later her father was soon caught by authorities and facesjail time causing Winter to basically lose it all. However, she doesn’t take this as a lessons learned, or as an opportunity to change her way of life. If anything, this gave her extra push and adrenaline to get back to Brooklyn and continue living the lifestyle her father had provided. Winter then finds herself struggling to find money to keep that lifestyle she once had all the while making the wrong choices.
The greatest strength of this read is that the book was written to make us, the reader, feel as though we personally know all of the characters in the book. There were many times that I found myself reading and perhaps identifying others as my version of Winter.
It was interesting to see how important we make clothes, hair, and jewelry. We so often forget that these are materialistic dust and there’s so much more to take from life than materialistic items. As individuals we like to say that materials have no true value to us but it’s funny to see once in a situation what our actions will be.
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