Sister Souljah is a talented writer and the idea of writing a novel based on a character (Midnight) from her best-seller “The Coldest Winter Ever” sounds like a great idea. However, there are a few things that prevent this novel from being great. One thing is that it’s just too long. There are lots of really great books that are hundreds and hundreds of pages long, but what makes “Midnight: A Gangster Love Story” different is that the ending is incredibly unsatisfying. A book of this length should have taken readers right up to the beginning of Midnight’s emergence in “The Coldest Winter Ever” or at least left the readers off on a point where we feel satisfied about where life is generally headed for this character. I really didn’t like the cliffhanger treatment in this at all. I also didn’t like the fact that there are pictures in the book. I don’t need pictures. Seriously.
Perhaps one of the more interesting aspects of the book is looking at Black America through the eyes of an African Muslim. There’s definitely some valid criticism of the Black community in this novel, but it’s a bit extreme. There’s not one Black American female who is even remotely sane. But then again, coming from the perspective of an adolescent boy, that just might appear to be the case. The writing was good, but I feel like this could have been a much more concise story with a much better ending. I’m glad I checked this out at the library instead of buying it.
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