S tried extremely hard to work Winter into this book to draw in her readers without actually having Winter in the beginning of the book. Sister Souljah gives Porsche a parade of mental illnesses and never addresses any of them. On one of the coldest and snowiest days in New York City, Winter Santiaga is born to a fourteen-year old mother and drug kingpin father, Ricky Santiaga. Not the teenage love part of it. Where Winter auctioned off her vagina to the highest paid bidder Porsche protected her with a daily ritual of smelling herself to see if someone had touched her. I think it shouldnt be like that because when Winter get older she will expect somebody like her father to do her.
I had really high hopes for this book, even though the two midnight sequels were among the most boring books i'd ever read I thought Sister soulja would pull it out the bag on this one. I was all-engrossed in what would become of a little girl lost in the system without a real family unit. It has been very difficult for me to settle on how many stars to give this book. However, overall, I was very happy that Porsche overcame all the obstacles in her young life to become someone better. The get honorable mentions to whet out appetites We don't get a realistic slice of life story either because Porsche just isn't a realistic character and nothing that happened in her life is at all realistic. It made a big impression on me.
Now to be fair I've read the Girl with the Dragon Tattoo series yes I know its not called that but few know the name of the series and the main character Lisbeth Salander as a child of 12 tried to murder her father with a firebomb, but Larsson offers an explanation for Lisbeth functioning as an adult when she was a child. I was transported into the gritty life of Winter and I loved it. A parent is someone who take care of they kids stay out of trouble and show they kids rite from wrong. Uninterested in Souljah's goals for her, Winter rejects the encouragement to think beyond the next twenty-four hours and to pursue a productive career and moral behavior. Winter was herself as usual.
Without her husband, she reduces herself to prostituting herself for drugs and quickly becomes ill. That said, I found the novel relatively intriguing and I am very glad that I read it. Souljah seemed to have an internal battle with Porsche in this book. How she was not at all materialistic like her sister. I had no problem reading from the perspective of a ten year old but I think the author got carried away in giving us a too detailed account of her life until about three quarter way in the book when it hit her that the girl had to be at least sixteen by the time the book ended. There is a half page about the benefits of patriarchy. Pursuing power, and regularly being exposed to danger is perhaps the drug she is most addicted to.
The prose was plain and that's to be expected because the narrative voice was very youthful. I felt alot of things could have been touched on a little deeper. S critical view of the prison system and its workers come across clear as a sledge hammer to the head. Even now I am not sure 3 stars is quite right. You would think that would also be a bigger part.
I felt like Porsha was entirely too young for all that she went through and the way in which it was handled. It became a bit boring. All characters in this finely woven story, represent the very individuals one finds in every urban slum in America, from drug lords to foot soldiers, from young children, growing up too fast in a culture of violence and moral decay, to adolescents and young adults who have developed no moral foundation for their lives, to adult men and women who, because of their lack of solid values, perpetuate this same destructive and criminal environment into the next generation. Presenting a bill for sexual favors is part of her daily routine. If you have or had a friend like Winter, how would you talk with her about her choices to abandon her education? The greed extends not just to money, but to power and sex as well. Suri is Porsche's best friend and her only anchor to reality.
I read 'The Coldest Winter Ever' 10 years ago, so I don't remember all the details of that storyline- i just remember that it was ahhh-mazing! Despite the few things I found wrong with the novel I still think it is a beautiful story. It is difficult to wrap your head around some of Porsche's exploits, even as you accept her as awesome and incredible, you are frequently doubting the possibility of it all. She is not very maternal towards her family. While all things are possible, more detail should have been provided to explain the success that happened for the characters in novel. It made a big impression on me. Her characterization of the warden and the guards pissed me off.
I am not saying that the entire novel is a total loss but it does goes slow at the beginning and picks up in the middle. Souljah's values play against Santiaga's like a counterpoint, however, as she preaches values of self-love, love for the community, and the increasingly urgent need for education in poor communities. A Deeper Love Inside: The Porsche Santiaga Story is the long-awaited sequel to Sister Souljah's bestseller, The Coldest Winter Ever. The only thing that did kind of annoy me was how extremely fictional it was. For me the book could have ended around chapter 47 or 48. But after I wrote about 100 pages, I put it down.