February 10, 2010

Midnight: A Gangster Love Story

Everyone remembers reading their first urban novel. My first urban read was Sister Souljah's The Coldest Winter Ever. It was rumored for years that a sequel would release. When I first heard of Midnight hitting the shelves, my initial thought was satisfaction. Finally after all of these years the sequel has come. And like many others, I was completely thrown off when I cracked the book open and began reading. Where was Winter? Where was Santiago? Who are these characters?

Once I got past the realization its NOT a sequel to The Coldest Winter Ever, I could enjoy the book. Good job Sister Souljah!

If you are looking for a PREQUEL to The Coldest Winter Ever, and want to learn more about the character Midnight, then you will enjoy this book. There are slow moments that tempt you to skip pages, but there are other moments where you re-read the chapter just to make sure you understand the message. Is it worth $26.95? Hmmm, maybe with a 40% coupon or with the Amazon discount. But it is definitely worth the read.

At a young age of 7 years old, Midnight took on the responsibility of taking care of his mother, Umma, and little sister, Naja. He guides them into the land of the free, United States. He struggles to remain true to his Muslim and Sudanese traditions, making his father proud, yet fitting into the streets of Brooklyn. He had to fight to prove himself and earn a reputation as a warrior, while protecting his mother and sister at any means necessary.

At times, Midnight's actions and thoughts were unrealistic. What 14 year old has that level of discipline and train of thought? What 14 year old takes the time to read about how to truly pleasure a woman?

I think I fell in love with a 14 year old named Midnight. He was mature and smart for his age. He gave me insight to what men really think of us in terms of our clothing, how we carry ourselves, sex, and our mannerisms. I learned Sudanese and Muslim traditions.

I look forward to finding out whether Midnight returns to the US with his wife, Akemi. What happened to Midnight's father and his other two wives? Will Bangs become Midnight's second wife after she humbles herself? Will Sudana remain in the picture? Will we see Midnight grow up and connect with Winter? These are the questions I was left with after reading the last page. I hope Sister Souljah doesn't make us wait years for the answers.

Rating: ♥♥♥♥


  1. I should be asleep but Im up at 4:36 reading your blog. LOL! I just checked this book out from the library. I can't wait to crack it open now.

  2. LOL Thanks for visiting, Ms. Spinks. Come back and let me know how you like Midnight.