Midnight by Sister Souljah

The Coldest Winter Ever took me two days to complete, while Midnight took me two weeks. Needless to say, the book was simply unsatisfying. I believe it was nothing like I would’ve imagined because I simply set my expectations too high. The book was a coming of age story about Midnight and how he struggles to stay true to himself. After leaving Africa, he is forced to protect his mother and his sister. Due to the fact that his mother can’t speak English he has to be her shadow to make sure nobody harms her. He takes the husband role and instead of living the life of a fourteen year old, he lives as a thirty four-year-old. When he comes to America, he is placed in the smack center of the ghetto: the Brooklyn projects. As he manages to find his mother a decent job he manages to also find love. A Japanese girl, Akemi steals his attention. Meanwhile, other girls recognize his body maturing and the masculinity that overflows his skin. Midnight has to question who he is and what he really stands for. This definitely isn’t a sequel; no one from The Coldest Winter Ever exists. It’s like this time Sista Soulja isn’t focusing on pleasing the reader but getting the moral across.

I would recommend this to anyone who has problems with their identity, and for anyone who questions how to incorporate their religious beliefs into a whole other world that completely opposes everything they stand for.

I rate the book a four out of ten. I was never told it was supposed to be a sequel but, looking back, I now realize it failed on every level. Don’t get me wrong the book is well written but Midnight is not Midnight: A Gangster Love Story. It is Midnight: A Staying True to Your Beliefs Story.

Written by La Shay Class of 2009


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