The Coldest Winter Ever Book Summary and Study Guide

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This book starts off by introducing us to the main character: a teenaged girl named Winter in Brooklyn, New York. She was named after a really bad snow storm, but her life is even worse as the book progresses. She is a spoiled brat whose father is a drug king. Winter lives with her mother, her sisters, and (sometimes) her father. She is used to getting everything se wants--until her father's enemies retaliate by shooting her mother!
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Eventually, her father gets caught by the FBI and they take EVERYTHING. Including her sisters who are put into the system. Winter lies her way out of foster care and starts shacking up with an older man to get her needs met. She later has to leave him because of his girlfriend. Winter sleeps around a lot and eventually her best friend snitches on her, so social services catches up with her. She is moved to a group home and continues her nasty habits. She betrays all her friends and her lies have started to pile up too much for her to handle.
Best part of story, including ending: It was dramatic and crazy from cover to cover.

Best scene in story: My favorite scene is when her friend gets pregnant, but Winter does nothing to help

Opinion about the main character: The main character never learned from her actions and just kept doing the absolute wrong thing. It's a cautionary tale for sure.

The review of this Book prepared by Shauntrice M. a Level 3 Eurasian Jay scholar

    The Coldest Winter Ever is a book about the daughter of a big black drug dealer growing up in a very sheltered life. At the age of seventeen her and her family loses all their wealth and the family is split up.
    The four children become orphans in different places and the mother hits rock bottom using the drug her husband once sold.
    Winter, the main character, was left to fend for herself on the streets basically and get caught up in drug dealing and illegal weapons that land her in prison for fifteen years.
The review of this Book prepared by Gloria J. Merchant

This book is about a girl named Winter, who grew up in Brooklyn, as one of the daughters of a huge drug lord. Her father moves the family out of the ghetto and into the suburbs of Long Island, where Winter becomes isolated from the life she loved. One night her life gets spun out of whack when her father is arrested. From then on a chain reaction occurs, as her life begins to take a turn for the worst. Used to depending on her father, Winter must now get by on looks, and street smarts to survive, and still maintain the luxurious life she once lived. Determined to show others that she is still on top of her game she begins to date drug dealers, have sex, steal, and play anyone she can, until finally her actions catch up with her; and her down-fall is one she could not have even prdicted.
The review of this Book prepared by edenson

Winter Santiaga is a spoiled urban teenager. For so long she's lived the life of glamour and riches due to her father's drug kingpin status. But when her world is shattered when her father is arrested by the Feds, Winter still tries to keep up with the times. Along her way she meets a variety of characters some out to help her and others out to harm her. When ultimately she thinks she's found love and the guy showers her with materalistic items to show her he loves her. But actually he only cares about himself by letting her take the rap for his drugs and guns.
The review of this Book prepared by Shaquana L.

Definite page turner and well worth the read! The main character has interactions with many positive people. Because of her selfish ways and her conditioned mentality to always be better than the next person, these positive people pass through her life without her learning much from them. The ending is unfortunate as Winter ends up exactly where she doesn't want to be.
The review of this Book prepared by Brenda Carney

Winter Santiaga is a spoiled, materialistic, troubled teenager. Throughout the novel, she is constantly trying to "stay on top". She grows up in the ghetto with a father who is a drug kingpin. Her father spoils her rotten and her mother feeds into this. They finally move out of the ghetto and into a rich, suburban area. Winter feels isolated and needs to go back to the ghetto and brag to her friends and complete strangers. Winter also sees no problem with spending a few hundred dollars on an outfit and other luxuries. This mentality brings her to the destructive point in her life. She uses her good looks and her game to manipulate everyone (including her immediate family) into getting what she wants. The book mainly discusses her problems with spending money on ridiculous items and how she never realizes the problem with it. Winter never sees her downfall until the very end. And in the end it also shows how history repeats itself or how life is a cycle when Winter's sister has fallen into the same trap.
The review of this Book prepared by Kimberly Shelton

Winter is the daughter of a prominent drug-lord in Brooklyn. She has every material thing (clothes, jewelry, cars) she could ever want. When her father is busted, she must try to keep her life going on her own without his money to support her. She ends up in a half-way type home run by Sister Souljah and there tries to use her street-smarts and inner strength to get what she wants.
The review of this Book prepared by Julie L.

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Plot & Themes

Tone of book?    -   depressed Time/era of story    -   1980's-1999 Kids growing up/acting up?    -   Yes Ethnic/Regional/Religion    -   Black people in America/Europe Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Ethnic/regional/gender life    -   Yes Age group of kid(s) in story:    -   high school Parents/lack of parents problem?    -   Dada gone Wild kid(s)?    -   druggie culture (& crime)

Main Character

Gender    -   Female Profession/status:    -   unemployed Age:    -   a teen Ethnicity/Nationality    -   Black (American)


How much descriptions of surroundings?    -   6 () United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Northeast City?    -   Yes City:    -   New York    -   dangerous Misc setting    -   fancy mansion

Writing Style

Sex in book?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   descript of kissing    -   touching of anatomy    -   impregnation/reproduction    -   actual description of hetero sex    -   Boob talk! Lot of foul language?    -   Yes Amount of dialog    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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