I finished Sister Souljah’s book, “The Coldest Winter Ever” in the wee hours of the morning two days after I started it. It was a hard read for me. It was hard for me to handle the sexually explicit language as well as the callous manner in which the teenagers engaged in sex, and I’ve been an adult for a pretty long time. However what really rocked my boat was that there were no adults who modeled moral values, concern for education, compassionate behavior and who were available in the lives of most of the characters of Sister Souljah’s book.
1) What was your reaction to the sexual behavior of Winter and Sista Soujah’s sister, Lauren? While she had her sister as a role model for wise behavior in dealing with both business and personal affairs. How was she different from or similar to Winter? Use concrete examples for your answer.
During our discussions, all of you thought Winter’s character was chillingly cold, selfish, spoiled and out of touch. Jamonica described her as “ghetto classy”, that is, “she looked good on the outside but her inside didn’t match”. Winter wasn’t forced to be that way. Was she? She was given many opportunities to change, even to educate herself, but at all costs, she stole and connived people out of their money. That seemed to be her only focus. She seemed to be her only focus. Ariel discussed how important it was for Winter to earn her way. Being given so much just caused her to think she should have everything she wanted. Especially because Santiaga was her Daddy, Winter had an inflated sense of herself. Yet, as good as her parents were to her, Winter abandoned them both. She even abandoned her sisters.
2) What turned Winter against her parents? What was her reasoning for “playing them death” in her life? Do you feel the way she was raised by them had any bearing on how she treated them in the end? Use examples from the book to support your answer.
Simone, Winter’s “homey” was a booster. Pregnancy only heightened her desire to steal. It brought more money and she was saving her money for her unborn child. Once Winter was placed in the Success House, she was also placed on lock down.
3)How did engage Simone in her enterprising new business? What type of friend did Winter prove to be? What was the pattern of her behavior regarding friendships with “females” and relationships with the “males” in her life?
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