This book is an oldie, but goodie! It’s written by Sistah Souljah, who writes amazing books. I have read some of her other work and loved them just as much as this one. This was my first introduction to her as an author back when I was a teenager. 

A few years ago, there was some talk about making this book into a movie. Allegedly, Jada Pinkett Smith had the rights to do so. I haven’t heard any rumblings about it moving forward at all lately.


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This book follows Winter Santiaga, a 16-year-old girl that was used to the having all the finer things in life to include a huge mansion, all the jewelry that she could stand, the finest in name brand clothes and shoes, and money to spend when requested.

Her father, Ricky, is a drug kingpin. Her mother and younger sisters want for nothing. Winter is the envy of all her friends… and foes. They were happy, fancy, and free to live the “good life.” Everything was great! 

Suddenly, her world came crashing down around her so quickly it made her head spin. Her father was put in prison, her mother was shot and then turned to drugs to cope, her sisters were put in foster homes, and she was placed in a group home. 

This book takes you on a journey of valuable lessons with Winter. Where she once was envied, now she’s the butt of jokes. Where she was once fashionable, she’s now repeating clothes and wearing hand-me-downs. Where she once had an endless supply of money, she now counts her pennies. Where she once had support, she’s left to fend for herself. It’s such a rude awakening for her at such a young age.

She does start to realize that money isn’t everything. She finds out that the people she once trusted cannot be trusted. She’s also left to figure out how to survive the streets without the protection of her family and the comfort of her friends. She’s vulnerable, unsupported, and broke. She’s… a target. 

How she turns the many Ls she’s taken into wins, captivates you. Page by page, chapter by chapter. It’s a journey you won’t forget and frankly, neither will she. It was one of my favorite books to read as a teenager and it definitely took on a different meaning while reading it as an adult.

I hope you enjoy it as much as I did! If you read this book, let me know your thoughts. Comment below.