I <3 Book Review: A Deeper Love Inside

By Sister Souljah

By Sister Souljah

A Deeper Love Inside

Sister Souljah

January 29,2013

Atria/Emily Bestler Books

Fiction

432 pages

4 Stars

Goodreads

BOOK DESCRIPTION

At last, mega-bestselling author Sister Souljah delivers the stunning sequel to The Coldest Winter Ever.

Cold, raw, and filled with adventure and emotional intensity, A Deeper Love Inside tells an unforgettable coming-of-age story in the words of Porsche Santiaga, Winter’s younger sister.

Sharp-tongued, quick-witted Porsche worships her sister Winter. Cut from the same cloth as her father, Ricky, Porsche is also a natural-born hustler. Passionate and loyal to the extreme, she refuses to accept her new life in group homes, foster care, and juvenile detention after her family is torn apart. Porsche—unique, young, and beautiful—will do whatever it takes to reclaim her status and return to her wealthy, loving family.

In A Deeper Love Inside, readers will encounter their favorite characters from The Coldest Winter Ever, including Winter and Midnight. Souljah’s voice will again move your heart and soul and open your eyes to a shocking reality.

MY TAKE 

When i saw this title in the catalog of books to be reviewed i knew i had to read it.  13 years ago The Coldest Winter Ever was published.  I remember how popular the book was back then in urban society, especially among young African-American females.  The book was raw, so raw that I wasn’t allowed to read it.  My mother felt it was inappropriate for a young impressionable teenage girl to read.  I didn’t care, so everyday after school before my mother got home I would sneak and read it (how many kids do you know that sneak to read books? None).  Winter was beautiful, fly and rich. Her father, Ricky Santiaga was the biggest drug dealer in Brooklyn and every girl wanted to be Winter.  She had the clothes, the boys and she was very free with her sexuality (not a good thing).  At the end of the story there was a raid on their mansion, Ricky was arrested and the kids taken.

In A Deeper Love Inside we meet Porsche, Winters’ younger sister.  She is currently locked away in a juvenile detention center.  She hasn’t seen or heard from anyone in her family.  She easily stands out because she’s beautiful and she can dance so that makes her a target for the other girls to hate.  Shes then recruited to the Diamond Needle gang by Riot the leader, but they are not your average gang.  They are smart and all have high level jobs that give them insight into the detention center.  After Porsche joins she learns the girls have a plan to escape and escape they do.  It isn’t until after they escape that we really get to know Porsche.

Porsche wants to go home, so when she and Riot make it to the Indian reservation their next plan is a way to get her home.  But when she gets there everything isn’t as it use to be for Porsche.  Her father is still in prison, her older sister Winter is now in prison, her twin sisters have been taken and adopted and her mother is a crack head.  And because of all she’s been through she suffers from Multiple Personality Syndrome but she doesn’t know it.  It’s not until Porsche meets Elisha that she starts to finally find herself and sees that the love she was looking for was inside all along.

In this book we see what young girls are going through to often now.  They are growing up so fast and forced to be adults when they really should be living their lives as kids.  They look up to reality show drama queens and celebrities to teach them how to be anything but young respectable ladies they are.  Porsche is a representation of girls everywhere looking for love, they are so desperate for love they don’t even know how to identify it.  It was so heartbreaking to read.  I applaud Sister Souljah for this beautifully written sequel.  For showing young girls and women that it’s not about the how much things are in your closet or the best way to get and keep a man.  Those things wont make you happy, if anything they will take your to the place furthest away from it.  You have to have self-worth, and be intelligent to make it in this cold world we live in.  But unfortunately some of them wont learn this until it’s too late.

I really don’t want to spoil the book so there is some stuff that I wont even go over.  I suggest you read The Coldest Winter Ever before you even start to read this.  It was a great followup and I highly recommend it. … Oh and Midnight makes an appearance 😉

MycheleAnjelica

I received this book free from the publisher Atria/Emily Bestler Books through NetGalley. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 <http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/cfr/waisidx_03/16cfr255_03.html> : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”
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6 thoughts on “I <3 Book Review: A Deeper Love Inside

  1. Hi MycheleAnjelica I was wondering why you included the disclaimer at the end of your review. I think everyone who reads a review understands you probably obtained the book for free from the publishers and trusts that you are giving you honest assessment. That is generally how it works.

    I’m asking because I’ve been searching the net for reviews of this book and this is the 2nd blog I can across with a similar disclaimer.

    Thanks. Also is the Siri character one of the personalities? I have not read the book (just the reviews) and many seemed to be confused by that character I thought that could be reason. Thanks

    • Hi! Legally anyone who receives a product in exchange for a product must have some type of disclaimer. This also includes makers of youtube videos. Professional reviewers are very influential when it comes to pushing products and some companies use them as a part of their marketing plan. The government doesn’t want the viewer to be taken advantage of. Hope that helps

  2. Book review of A Deeper Love Inside.

    I use to be a big fan of Sister Souljah. I mean from the beginning. I had her tape 360 degrees. I read her autobiography No Disrespect. Of course, I read The Coldest Winter Ever. I didn’t read the Midnight books because I didn’t want to read them waiting for the connection to the characters of the Coldest Winter Ever. So when I heard that she had finally written the sequel to the Coldest Winter Ever I was ecstatic.
    When I started reading A Deeper Love Inside, I quickly became disappointed. The story does not pick up from where The Coldest Winter Ever left off. In fact, it goes back to when the Santiaga Empire went down. Then back to the same point when the mother Lana Santiaga dies. In between was a story about a young girl who escapes the juvenile correction center with her imaginary friend. By the time the story ends Porsche is a millionaire, teen mom, and wife of another teen millionaire. The story was so far fetch it was hard to digest at times. The readers were expected to believe that a little girl that had an imaginary friend and often peed herself was cable of pulling off the things that she does throughout the story. There was no real follow up on the characters from the CWE and the story telling was not the same.
    I don’t like to talk about books that I haven’t read, but from what I have heard the story telling is similar to the style of the Midnight books; which may be a reason why I was so surprise. No Disrespect and The Coldest Winter Ever was written in the same style. Maybe it was the style of the 90’s. Like many I don’t think this should have been labeled a sequel.

  3. I look forward to reading this book, after years and years of waiting for the Winter story to continue. Sister Souljah is one of my all time favorite authors, and after following Midnight’s stories, I am once again an addicted fan. If you have not read the Midnight series, I urge you to as soon as possible. It will fill your soul and challenge your mind. A great read!

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