Why did I love this book?
This is the first book I bought as an adult. It’s my all-time favorite urban fiction novel. And it’s one of the reasons I started writing. I loved the first-person narrative. Souljah’s writing puts the reader in Winter’s shoes from the very start. I could feel everything the teen protagonist was going through. Readers are placed in the middle of the action. My favorite character in the story was a mysterious figure named Midnight. He is a brave but humble lieutenant to a prominent underworld businessman. Souljah eventually wrote a book inspired by this character. The Coldest Winter Ever is full of twists and turns and getting out of jams right to the end. It’s still a pop culture classic in Black crime and urban-inspired novels.