|Publish Date:||Sep 2005|
|Number of Pages:||355|
|Shipping Weight (in pounds):||1.0|
|Product in Inches (L x W x H):||6.32 x 1.06 x 8.4|
The trials and tribulations of young Winter Santiaga are described in gritty detail in this coming-of-age novel, the first by the phenomenally popular rap star who frequently lectures on the themes of this novel: overcoming teenage pregnancy, fatherless households, and drug use in African American communities. As the oldest daughter of a successful drug dealer, Winter lacks for nothing. But after her father moves the family from the projects to a mansion on Long Island, Winters life begins to come apart.
Her beautiful mother is shot, her father is sent to prison, and the family's possessions are seized by the government. Winter and her three sisters, Mercedes, Lexus, and Porsche, become wards of the state. Finally, arrested and convicted of transporting drugs in a boyfriends car, Winter receives a 15-year jail term. Sister Souljah herself appears as a character, urging Winter and other young black women to stand up to the men in their lives, abstain from drugs, and practice safe sex. Although the novels writing is amateurish, the message is sincere.
[Previewed in Prepub Alert, LJ 12/98.] - Nancy Pearl, Washington Ctr. for the Book, Seattle
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