posts on 7/21/2009 1:17:04 AM
I totally AGREE with everything JayBird stated!!! You said everything i wanted to say. I am very disappointed in this book so far. So unrealistic and superficial for a 14 yr old boy to do such things. The time periods were way OFF! I stopped reading the book after Midnight met Akemi's folks. I lost interest, it just did not move me!! I never thought Midnight was a sequel to the Coldest Winter Ever, not with the way that book ended. But Sister Souljah always has an IMPORTANT messgae in each of her books. So i give her credit on that.
posts on 7/14/2009 8:42:47 AM
I read Coldest Winter Ever twice. I truly enjoyed and looked forward to the movie version as other readers have stated. I bought Midnight on the strength of Coldest, and I felt that SS used that book to pump the readers up in the hope that we would believe that this book was some type of sequel. Well, we all know now that it is not, and does not have anything to do with Coldest. I had no problem learning about the Sudenese lifestyle, however, I found it a bit unrealistic that a boy of 7 through 14 would be capable of doing the things that Midnight did. Then to add insult to injury he fell in love with a woman that could barely communicate with. The time lines in the book don't add up either, as well as the style of clothing he and Akemi wore at times. I was around in the 70's and 80's, and happened to grow up in the Bronx, NY and some of the clothing she refers to in the book was definitely not in style or around during some of the time periods that she references. May seem like a little thing, but a writer has to be cognizant of those things. I, too, believe that Midnight was a bit harsh on Black American women. Most of us are a product of our environment and given the chance and the opportunity we would all like to do and act better. If he gave Bangs a chance and helped her to see a better way, she could have turned out to be a totally different person. He thinks about bedding her, but wouldn't dream of making her a wife. He judges her and doesn't really know her, and when he does find out certain things about her, he feels sorry for her, but condemns her at the same time. But, I will give it to SS, she is quite knowledgeable on the subject and is accurate. Unfortunately, Muslim men will never marry a Black American woman and they do view us as being beneath them. It's funny...what makes Akemi so much better? The only difference between Akemi and Bangs was the fact that Bangs wasn't a virgin, and Akemi was quite ready to give that up far earlier than Midnight was. It is my hope that the sequel be more realistic and that she stops making a 14 year old boy superman. And, she needs to expound on their father. Because it certainly appears as if he abandoned his family. You never heard of any letters, phone calls, or transmitalls of any money to the family that he supposedly treasured so much. Hmmmmm...just doesn't add up. I was suprised at all of this considering that Coldest was written so well. But no one is perfect, and overall I truly am a Sistah Souljah fan. I know she has it in her to write many great books that we will all enjoy!
posts on 7/10/2009 12:23:15 PM
i loved cwe and i could not put it down. i just finished reading midnight and i appreciate the education of different cultures and religions that was very good. That alone i encouraged my daughter to read it because she has a child by a muslim and this will show her what a real musilm and man is.It will also give confirmation to her about what i have been trying to tell her all along.However i think he could have done a lot more for bangs do to her circumstances. he could have put a twist on her life that would have had a very good outcome on her young confused life.A new book should be on its way out now to let us know what happened to bangs and akemma. I really dont care if he bring akemma back or not.The readers need to know what happened after that and all the way up to cwe.Again good job but please hurry. thankyou
posts on 6/28/2009 7:20:14 PM
I read the book 5 times and I love it sistah souljah hurry up with this movie!! I think megan good should play winter. Idk why some people say kyla pratt. I think whoever plays winter has to have the attitude!!! :-D
posts on 6/19/2009 4:04:09 PM
I was such a fan of CWE, I can't even believe that Sista Souljah wrote Midnight!!! Its such a departure from her past work. The writing was mediocre at best and the story.... God don't even get me started on the story. Me and my mother read this book in about 2 days and wanted our money back lol. Full of trite sterotypes about African Americans and a completly UNbelievable storyline. Please dont waste your time with this novel, especially if you are looking for the character to tie in with CWE at all.!!!
posts on 6/18/2009 2:36:05 PM
Midnightwas awful. Total waste of writing. Really didn't care for depiction of blacks. Fed into the sterotypes. You lost a fan SS.
posts on 6/12/2009 10:34:05 PM
I was a little put off by Midnights choice in women but overall the book was ok. CWE is a classic and I reread it just so I could prepare myself for this novel. This novel lacked continuity from the CWE. I hope SS is able to redeam so of Midnights attributes from CWE in her next novel.
posts on 5/28/2009 11:20:28 AM
Its absolutely ironic that those criticizing Sister Souljah for her depiction of young black women in "Midnight" seem to be satisfied with her depection of a young black woman in "Coldest Winter Ever". Yes the book is an unforgiving statement about some of the women in the black community but it isn't at all inaccurate. Through the eyes of a 14y/o foreigner... yes this is what you get.. especially when he was raised around much more honorable men and women... "Midnight" was a great character and described the struggles of a young man... this book should be required reading for all young blacks.
posts on 5/25/2009 10:31:54 PM
Midnight was not what I expected. I hope the next book does not let me down.
posts on 5/22/2009 7:28:14 PM
I wasn't expecting a sequel to cwe when I heard of this book as I read the synopsis prior to my purchase. However, I did expect this to tie in to the character midnight frm cwe. At this point I don't see that correlation and how she is going to make that happen with midnight being 14 already. In cwe midnight went to jail at the tender age of 14, but at the end of this book he is planning to go to Japan. Additionally, I thought his strength as a character was a bit over the top for someone so young i.e., the fighting scenes when he was 7 yrs old? Technique or not, he was fighting and beating up boys up to 5 yrs older than him? I have a pretty tough 7 yr old and I know better than that. Not only that SS depicted him as an upstanding Muslim young man, however he committed 2 murders unnecessarily? And the father? Where'd he go? This was a well written novel, but where is the true realism and background. I feel like I was watching a movie in which they do not offer enough background or lacks the character building that makes u bond, hate or relate in a strong way. Not to mention I re-read cwe first to specifically refresh my memory of midnight and to follow it up with this book was just unexpected. I think this is where the disappointment comes in for most. I look forward to the sequel to this book to see how SS builds this Midnight into the cwe Midnight. Hopefully, it will happen sooner rather than later unlike cwe.
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