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The best book I've ever read
Reviewed in the United States on September 3, 2020
I feel like every Black American should read this book!! The story takes place in the '80s when the crack epidemic first hit Black neighborhoods, strategically tearing our communities apart. Sister Souljah really did an amazing job capturing the ugly truth of how it is growing up in the hood. I love all of the characters and how their roles tied together. I love the slang and ebonics used throughout the book. It made me connect to the main character Winter on a deeper level. It's like I was really listening to her tell her story. And growing up Black in America, I could relate on so many different levels.
This novel is extremely gripping and educational at the same time. Sister Souljah shares so much wisdom. But if you're not wise, you'll miss it. She highlights that from slavery, Blacks were never meant to thrive in America.
I absolutely love how she introduced the sequel "Midnight" at the end. I can't wait to read that one next! That small snippet really just tied together the entire story, explaining how we were taken to America from Africa and robbed of our identities. They took away our religion, our language, our riches, our assets, our entire culture. We once were happy people who stuck together and loved one another. But after slavery and especially after crack hit our neighborhoods, we started killing one another and hating on one another, always trying to out-do the next person rather than building each other up.
Winter was immature, extremely materialistic and lost. Being seeing the cards life dealt her, you can't even get mad at her mindset. She was a product of her environment, as we all are.
My main takeaway point after reading this novel is knowledge of self is power. It's so crucial to know the background of your people, who you are at the crux of your soul. Only then can we as Blacks unite and regain the strength that was taken from our ancestors years ago.
Thank you so much, Sister Souljah, for this book. We, the Black community, needed this. It's our awakening time. I'm just mad at myself for not reading this sooner.