A Look Back at The Coldest Winter Ever

A Look Back at The Coldest Winter Ever

Sister Souljah is back with the follow-up sequel to her amazing bestseller “The Coldest Winter Ever”. If you’re anything like me, when I found out that one of my favorite novels had a sequel in the works, I was beyond excited. Now I don’t know about you, but when I was first introduced to this masterpiece I couldn’t put it down. It was a page-turner like no other. I literally read the entire book in one day. Although it’s been over 20 years since the release of the first novel, this coming-of-age tale never gets old. With the highly anticipated sequel on the way, let’s revisit the brilliant artistry of the original. 

Released in 1999, the book draws you in from the very first sentence. The story begins with “I never liked Sister Souljah, straight up. She the type of female I’d like to cut in the face with my razor”. I’m sorry, can we run that back? Clearly, I was not prepared for what was about to take place. From there we are introduced to Winter Santiaga, a spoiled, beautiful, no-nonsense hustler, who knows exactly how to get what she wants and doesn’t care who she steps on to get it. Her father Ricky Santiaga, was a notorious drug lord, who showered his family with the best and only the best. After her father gets arrested and thrown into jail, their family loses everything. Her sisters are placed into foster care, her mom gets shot in the face and addicted to drugs.  With her only motivation being to regain the life she’s been accustomed to her whole life, Winter must quickly learn to fend for herself. She takes us on a wild journey of heartbreak, betrayal, turmoil, and self-discovery. What I love most about this book is that it’s very relatable. While it may be a fictional story, people can recognize themselves in the characters. We’ve all been in a position where we thought we knew what was best, and it made matters worse. Or, that we’ve refused help and tried to figure things out on our own the only way we knew how. Although this book is very entertaining, it does pose the question, how often do we allow ourselves to get into our own way, instead of accepting the help when it is right in front of us? Throughout the story, Winter is offered help by numerous people. While some of those people had hidden agendas, there were some who did not, and genuinely wanted to help Winter find her way. I guess living a certain lifestyle and having tons of material possessions was more important to her. Unfortunately for Winter, things didn’t turn out the way she expected and at the end of the story, she finds herself in prison. The new novel begins where this story ends. After 15 years in prison, Winter Santiaga has reemerged back into our lives. The only question is has she learned her lesson, or will she let old habits take her back into the life that landed her in prison in the first place? I cannot wait to find out. 

The sequel “Life After Death,” is expected to drop in March of 2021.

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