The Coldest Winter Ever

The Coldest Winter Ever by Sister Souljah Book Summary

Nominated as one of America’s best-loved novels by PBS’s The Great American Read.

Renowned hip-hop artist, writer, and activist Sister Souljah brings the streets of New York to life in a powerful and utterly unforgettable first novel.

I came busting into the world during one of New York's worst snowstorms, so my mother named me Winter.

Ghetto-born, Winter is the young, wealthy daughter of a prominent Brooklyn drug-dealing family. Quick-witted, sexy, and business-minded, she knows and loves the streets like the curves of her own body. But when a cold Winter wind blows her life in a direction she doesn't want to go, her street smarts and seductive skills are put to the test of a lifetime. Unwilling to lose, this ghetto girl will do anything to stay on top.

The Coldest Winter Ever marks the debut of a gifted storyteller. You will never forget this Winter's tale.

The Coldest Winter Ever by Sister Souljah Book Reviews

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- Winter went from hot to not5 star

It was definitely not what I was expecting. This was a great read. I enjoyed the main character Winter and the ended was unique but left an opening for a sequel!!

- Still my Fav5 star

Sister Souljah is a profound writer who knows how to provoke thought. This book made her my favorite author because she wrote a book to save and redirect the lives of the youth if you took a moment to read the book and analyze every outlook.

- Very Uncomfortable2 star

Idk dude I’m just a white dude trying to find something to read and I feel like y’all would hate me if I read this book out loud...

- Loved it5 star

Loved it Winter Santiaga is something else!!! Lol

- Still a great read!5 star

I read this book in 7th grade and fell in love with it. I just re-read it to prepare for the new book Life After Death and it's still a great read!

- Best book ever5 star

This type of book had my attention the whole time it was soo good i can’t wait for a movie definitely can’t wait to watch

- Amazing5 star

I love this book it was so real and captivating!

- Amazing read5 star

This book is a MUST read kept me on the edge of my seat I read it in a day and I don’t even read like that lol

- Emotionally draining5 star

If I had the ability to transform into a book I would pick this book... I wanted so much for so one to take Winter and sit her down and show her that she has so much more to give to her life ..and the road she was taking would only lead to death or jail ..just so happen the latter was the option ..but I think if she had someone who who have never given up on her she could have been saved from the latter heart broke for ever dumb and young mistake she continued to make. Emotionally exhausting!!

- Never gets old!5 star

This will forever be my favorite!

- The Coldest Winter3 star

Grabs your attention. The ending could have been expanded.

- GOOD STORY5 star

Read this book while I was locked up and I gotta say it had me hooked! Must read! I still gotta finish the other books!


Always has been my favorite book of all time. I have waited for the sequel for sooooo long. I’m freakin excited !!

- I LOVE THIS BOOK!!!5 star

I was really sad when I finally finished this book today.. It was AMAZING!!! I never read books like this.. I always go for educational books.. but my goodness I’m glad someone gave it to me!!!

- Loveeeee5 star

I loved this book so much. I read the book within about 5 days. It kept me on my toes and the flow of the book is the best. I love a book that can go into the next scene with a smooth transition. Definitely worth the read!!!!

- Classic5 star

Had to reread it before the sequel. A bit different reading it as an adult. Should’ve been a movie long time ago!

- A good read if you like urban novels !!5 star

The books storyline is interesting and at times relatable if you come from a family with relatives involved in some illegal businesses lol. I would definitely recommend if you want to be shocked and hanging on to your seat as you see Winter Santiaga navigates her life. I also recommend the sequel !!

- My fav5 star

My favorite book always been an classic part 2 should be amazing also

- 😍😍😍😍5 star

Such a great read!! 🤍

- m redmond r oat c5 star

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- Amazing4 star

Great read

- Love love love!5 star

This is one of the best books I’ve read. I finished in two days, I’m so sad I read it so quick.

- Best Urban Book Ever5 star

Hand downs

- Amazing.5 star

I haven’t read a book that’s kept me coming back since I was in high school! I was so sad when I finished this one!

- Coldest winter ever5 star

Love this book! Anyone from NY can get into this very detailed and “hits home” .. !

- Good Read!4 star

I love the style and voice of the narrator which is Winter! I was able to visualize every detail of the book. Some things were actually relatable while very enlighten in regards to drug dealers, familiar neighborhoods, & relationships, etc. It kept me wanting to read more & get into the other books which gives the perspectives of the other significant characters mentioned in this book. Definitely a page turner & truly a good read if you like suspense & hood-like stories.

- My favorite book EVER.5 star

I am 27 years old and first read this book when I was 13 and it has been my favorite book ever since. I’ve read it so many times. There are so many lessons and gems in this book, which is why I often return to it. A lot of people have stated they didn’t like the ending but to me the ending was perfect because it was REAL. This is what happens when you live the kind of lifestyle Winter was living and I think that’s the whole point S.S. was trying to make. If you haven’t read this book do yourself a favor and dive in.

- The coldest winter ever4 star

This book would’ve gotten 5 stars but I absolutely hated the ending..

- Absolutely love ot5 star

My mom told me about this book and I decided to get it . Y’all when I tell you this book is good a hell ! The only I hate is the ending part that’s it !!!!! .

- Amazing author5 star

First book i ever read willingly to its entirety growing up. I love her !!!

- Good book !5 star

Love this book couldn’t but it down . So good I wish there was a movie or part 2 to the book . The ending had me in tears but I also wish the ending was a little better. PLEASE CAN WE GET A PART TWO.

- Awesome5 star

I love this book I bought and gave my 15 year old son a copy when he was in juvenile lock up...he never read it, he is not 19 and in prison

- Best ever5 star

This book is the reason behind how I found the love to read.

- Read it 20+ times!5 star

This is by far one of my favorite books. In the top 3 to be exact. I read it at least 1-2 times a year and I has never gotten old. I’d love to see it as a movie.

- Coldest Winter5 star

I love this story, I feel the author was unbiased when she wrote this book. This book is full of suspense and amazing characters!

- The coldest winter ever1 star

I purchased this book a while ago and now I can’t access it so I’ll have to buy it #RipOff and I never got to read the whole book!!!!

- Confused1 star

I already purchased this book so why is it asking me to “buy” it again ?????

- Loved it!5 star

A for real page turner, haven’t read a better book since!

- AMAZING5 star

This is a must read!!! If I could rate this higher than 5 stars I would!!!

- AMAZING5 star

My favorite book of all time. This book was my introduction to Sister Souljah overall and I have not been let down ever since. I can read this book 100 times and still be entertained.

- Probably one of the best books I’ve read5 star

This one is always in my list of recommendations

- Draws you in5 star

This is a great read! Ince you start you can't put it down. This book is raw with a twist on romance I'm definitely reading the entire series

- Love it!!5 star

I love this book! I have read it over and over and over again!

- Sister Souljah5 star

I only read this book because my gf (at the time) recommended it to me. I couldn't put it down! This book is/was amazing!

- Kept me entertained5 star

Amazing read. Keeps the reader engaged.

- Awesome5 star

Great book, was glued to it.

- The Coldest Winter Ever5 star

One of the greatest books ever. Very powerful message behind it. Souljah is a true mastermind in the world of writing and literature.

- Love5 star

Really great book. Kept my wandering mind intrigued which is a difficult task. Love her writing style. Love the way she makes me feel involved


Love love love most read

- Read it three times5 star

My favorite book! Read the sequel too! Wish she would right more.

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Kay-Pretti - Love this book5 star

I'm not a reader but I loved this book so much that I read it in 4 day 400 and add page geeeze!!!!! Brought me to another place. Can't wait to read midnight!!!💕❤❤❤

Malou91 - The Coldest Winter Ever5 star

Sister Souljah is amazing.Loved this book.

The Coldest Winter Ever - Gripping5 star

I read midnight prior to this book and thoroughly enjoyed both novels, as reading this one answered many of my questions from previously, yet also left me with many unanswered questions as well. Overall, this is a truly gripping novel and is packed with unexpected twists and turns, highly suggested and I cannot wait for the next one.

chantejanelle - The Coldest Winter Ever5 star

I could read this book over and over again and never get tired I love this book so much I tell all my friends to read it and they loved it too

Leo von Burg - Great book!5 star

I read the whole book in one day and have read it numerous time. Love it!

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brittanyhartley2 - Wow5 star

Amazing story!

PookieeO3 - Wow5 star

Great book.

PhilisBrown - Best book ever !!!!5 star

Read this book back in Middle school, and fell in love with it. I couldn't put this book down, not even to eat my food. Had to reheat my food, be late for school, miss assignments just to finish the book. I was obsessed 💕💕💕

angelrenee3 - Absolutely loved it5 star

One of thee best books I ever read!! I love her stories && now I'm workin on part 2....

[email protected] - Attention getter!!!5 star

This book is exciting and you will never want to stop reading... Very good details & vocabulary.. I enjoyed this book' wish it was longer lol ... Wouldnt mind reading more!

ezrasm0mmie - love it....5 star

omg read this book years ago when I was younger maybe ten years ago still a crazy good book. a very page by page deal, you won't put down til your done the story.

Lisasian4 - MIDNIGHT!!!5 star


Goldiefuego - Still relatable5 star

I read this when I was in 6th or 7th grade then again a few months ago when I was at college . I love this book and I'm glad I read it twice cus I looked over so many things my first time and I couldn't relate as much as I could now. I read porches story and both of midnights & now it makes me love the first book even more. This whole journey with all of the characters is truly a work of art

Chocolatema19 - LOVE THIS WOMAN!5 star

The is one of my all time favorite books. It’s so real and engaging. Nothing like a book that makes you appreciate your own life after reading about the characters in the book! LOL Thanks Sister Souljah

IG: blvckhippie_ - .5 star

I loved the book until I got to the last two chapters. I didn't want winter in jail and I wanted her to be with midnight 😥😭😭😭😪 but it was a very very very good book. I read it in one day. Next book 👏👏👏👍👍👍👍👍

Jazi Lu - Awesome5 star

Wanted more closure in the end but awesome read !!!

Newnessnee - Yes!!5 star

Amazing!!! 👍👍👍

Xokimbee - Loved it5 star

Such an awesome book!

Tusoybellaa - 👏👏👏5 star

Amazing!!! I couldn't put it Down I recommend every woman read the look you will see how things can change in a split second and Learn to be thankful for the little things... Be blessed!!

Suttonfam - Great read!4 star

Never hated a main character like I did Winter. She got what was coming to her.

Miah 💕 - Amazing5 star

I fell in love with this book I didn't want it to end !

Not sure this is surcure - Awesome5 star

Awesome book. Had me in tears!

Rereboujie - Coldest winter evere5 star

Book was great , keep u guessing , i had u thinking like dang this stuff really happens , even had a life lesson " watch the company u keep " i read it leas than 3 days ending was crazy unexpected ; NICEE

MTRankin - Read three times5 star

Love love love!!!!!!!!!

Ooohlala02 - A Must-Read!5 star

I read this book in one day. This book should be required reading for high school students in urban areas. I am a big fan of Ms. Souljah; I hope we hear from her soon.

Brittany803 - One of the best books I read in high school4 star

Great story!

4boyzs - Great book!5 star

I first read this book many, many years ago and I loved it. I had to read it again to get ready for the sequel and I loved it even more the second time around.

Vvsssssssssss - One of my all time favs!5 star

I read this book at least once every year since 16! I love it! Even though I have the paperback I still purchased the iBook!

Kwillz80 - Every young girl should read this book. Best book ever read in my eyes5 star

I first read this book at the age of sixteen. And I been a big fan of sister souljah since. I read it 8 times and every time since then as I got older I related to the book more and more. I think everyone in urban area in America knows or came across a young women like winter. She was so smart and had a lot of hustler to her. If she use her brain in the right direction. She would of took the world by storm. But she fell to the world of the New York streets. She was smart but stupid. The belly of the beast that is the streets took her life for a ride like no other. This is why I say every young women should read this book. To understand how there choices can and will impact there lives forever. Not only yours but your families also. Sister souljah hit the nail in the coffin with this book. Thank you sister souljah for this one

Kaylajanaa - Great5 star

I love read this whole book in a day took me 7-8 hrs with breaks lol but amazing book

SoulProsperityT - Winter5 star

This is my favorite book it's the second time I've read it

lyfsyhblhg Jo - GREAT5 star

Best book ever ! Needs a movie based upon this book !!

kibluz - Mzkiki5 star

Read this years ago it's my fav book at Disappointed there is a sequel it's called Midnight!!

tiamh - Excellent5 star

I love it! Great book

Lekendria - The coldest winter ever5 star

ALL I CAN SAY IS WOW WHAT A WONDERFUL BOOK. It kept me up for two days and one night because I just could not put it down.

chrishpool - 5 Star Book5 star

Love this book!! I'll read it over and over again..

Diasappointed - Great Read5 star

I heard about this book years ago but I just read it over the past 2 days. A real good book--it was hard to put it down. Only down side is no sequel yet!...can't wait for the others to come!!!!!

Tayyhfilthy - Loved5 star

Can't remember the last time I read a good book and this was it - nice!5 star

This book was wonderful!

Najayyah - lovedddddd it !5 star

loveeedddd it !

WhitneyCouture - Must read5 star

This book is relatable to all young women chasing material things not having a career oriented goals...after reading the book, I was so mad that things would end unexpected...I swear you want the best for Winter Santiago and you become attached to all the characters...However, this book teaches life lessons with a very attaching won't want to stop reading...I'm mad I finished it so fast!

PhillyChic215 - CWE 5 star5 star

I read The Coldest Winter Ever 3x and every time feels like the first time. I think every young girl in the hood, that think dealing with these drug dealers is decent should read this book. This is my all time fav. I love this book from start to finish. It is a reality. And it goes on in our community everyday. Thanx you SS for this. I wish the book "Midnight" was a continuation of this but it wasn't.. Nonetheless it was a good book!

Karsyn-Lia - Awesome..5 star

I am super late at reading this book, but it was really good!

Ashleyyyyyyyyyyybash - Best book ever5 star

I love this book!

~The One and Only Kat!~ - Great Book5 star

This book is really interesting and very exciting !


This book is a must ready. One of the best stories told. Buy it for yourself and a copy for your daughters and all of your male and female family and friends. You will not be disappointed . Great read.

Rivi. J - Love This Book!5 star

I read this book after my Grandmother brought it home autographed by Sista Souljah. At the Age of fourteen this book had a part in me making a drastic behavior change has a teen. There are alot of Winter Santiago's out there, and a little Winter Santiago that exist/existed in all of us.

Dj Trust - Page turner5 star

As a kid I never read books. I started reading my friends and and had my dad buy my own copy. I would not put the book down.

mzzevans - Loved it5 star

In need of more...where's part two??!!??

Purenakedness - LOVED IT5 star

I downloaded this on iBooks on my iPhone!!! And read 1643 pages in one night um yes! Imma fan! I read Midnight first and was itching to read this. Althought I think Midnights story was somewhat different in this book it didn't matter. PS if there's a Midnight out there somewhere! Hi! GoodWork I'm anxious to read more and SOON

Ki's mom - Love it!5 star

I love this story! My fav! We need a sequel! Is this a re-release? I read this book back in high school some years ago.

shayspott3 - Bangin5 star

Loved the book!

QUEENofqueensktx - Sequel please5 star

Sequel please sista souljah

Vick¥ - Great book5 star

This a must have in ur iBooks... I luvvvvvvvvv this book!!! :) once u start reading it u can't put it down... This is soooo worth da 7.99$

Love it, love it, love it!!!! - Coldest winter ever5 star

Best book ever!!!!

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About Sister Souljah Wiki

Sister Souljah (born Lisa Williamson, January 28, 1964, Bronx, New York) is an American author, activist, musician, and film producer. She gained prominence for Bill Clinton's criticism of her remarks about race in the United States during the 1992 presidential campaign. Clinton's well-known repudiation of her comments led to what is now known in politics as a Sister Souljah moment. Early life Sister Souljah was born in the Bronx, New York. She recounts in her memoir No Disrespect that she was born into poverty and raised on welfare for some years. At the age of 10, she moved with her family to the suburb of Englewood, New Jersey, a suburb with a strong African-American presence. Englewo...

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