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A Deeper Love Inside: The Porsche Santiaga Story

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21 out of 48 people found this review helpful.

bosslady

I have not read it yet but if its half as good as coldest winter ever its going to be great #.. i cant wait to read it

posted by 16898766 on December 19, 2012

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60 out of 63 people found this review helpful.

I continue to be a huge fan of "The Coldest Winter Ever&quo

I continue to be a huge fan of "The Coldest Winter Ever". The fast-paced, drama-filled life of Winter Santiaga was one non-stop roller coaster ride until the very end. Tightly written, brimming with tension, disappointments, danger, and constant genius plot pi...
I continue to be a huge fan of "The Coldest Winter Ever". The fast-paced, drama-filled life of Winter Santiaga was one non-stop roller coaster ride until the very end. Tightly written, brimming with tension, disappointments, danger, and constant genius plot pivots, "Coldest Winter" is still the undisputed #1 street lit book ever written.

Okay, so the bottom line is...if you buy "A Deeper Love Inside", understand that you will read something different than "Coldest Winter". Not necessarily bad. Just different. The marketing material (and I blame the book advertisers for this), bills this as THE sequel to "Coldest Winter". This is simply not true. While it is related to Winter's story, it does not come anywhere close to being the sequel.

The plot is paced differently than "Coldest Winter" You will read a slower-paced, less detail-filled, less action-packed story. While there is action, a lot of it is told in flashback, commentary mode (lots of telling, but not as much showing). For example, instead of starting the book with Porsche's detailed view of the night the police took her father (which I think would have been a brilliant beginning), it started with Porsche's opinion on women.

Another difference you will notice is structure. "Coldest Winter" used a straight-forward story-telling approach (starts with Winter as a young teen, then ends after her 18th birthday). "A Deeper Love" was a little confusing, because Porsche starts out sounding like an older teenager talking about "queens", then we read about her being 10, then 8 when she goes to juvy, then 10 when she meets Riot.

Another jarring point was the voice issues. The whole time she uses the same voice which makes her sound about 19 years old throughout. While you will understand the story, the idea of a very young child using extremely mature commentary is a little unsettling. It's kind of hard to be world-weary at the ripe old age of 10, unless your parents were so unwise that you had to raise yourself (cook, clean, shop, etc.). Since we all know this was not the case (Porsche's mother and father DID raise and care for her until the drug raid), that makes the "mature as street kid" view kind of hard to digest. Also, a young girl who stabs her caseworker in the neck, paralyzes her, and does not care is a psychopath, not a hero - so this fact made it hard for me to root for Porsche. (Yes, in "Coldest Winter", Winter did go upside an old lady's head with a sock full of rocks, but that was so far into the story that her desperation drove her to it.).

Anyway, all that being said, "A Deeper Love Inside" is the story of Porsche Santiaga. It is not Winter Santiaga. It is not Winter's voice or a continuation of her fascinating story. Period. If you are hoping to read this book to bring that tension-filled, gut-clenching, rollercoaster ride feeling back, that won't happen. However, if you are looking to find out what happened to Porsche and how she feels about it, go on and read and enjoy this book.

Authors do change their styles all the time. It is possible that Sistah Souljah's writing journey has taken her to the place where she wants to write about characters and their thoughts rather than write in an action-paced, non-stop plot change fashion. Both types of artistry are fine. As the reader though, you can decide which type you would like to read.

posted by 17204712 on February 4, 2013

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 15, 2014

    Great follow up to Coldest Winter

    This book was very well written, although it does not match the excitement of "The coldest Winter Ever" It is definitly a great follow up, it gives you the story of winter's little sister. Very well written, a good amount of twists and turns but a little dragged out in the story line, still a great read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 15, 2013

    Not as good as first

    But it'll do

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 9, 2013

    Long awaited sequel

    I was a little disappointed only because some of the events seemed really out there for someone the age of the character. Overall, I enjoyed the story.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 6, 2013

    So in love!!!

    Absolutely loved this book. Couldn't put it down. Porche is a total doll. Kept her standards, stood her ground I wanted this happy ending for her. Typical soulja, but loved it! ?????

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 16, 2013

    An excellent addition to the Santiago Saga!!!!

    An excellent addition to the Santiago Saga!!!!

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  • Posted May 9, 2013

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    By: Sister Souljah Published By: Atria/EmilyBestler Books Age Re

    By: Sister Souljah
    Published By: Atria/EmilyBestler Books
    Age Recommended: Adult
    Reviewed By: Arlena Dean
    Book Blog For GMTA
    Rating: 4
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    "A Deeper Love Inside: The Porsche Santiaga Story" by Sister Souljah was a story of Porsche as she grows from ten to seventeen years old. She is followed from juvenile prison, an 'Indian Reservations' and then back to where her life began in Brooklyn. You find from the read that she was abandon as a child and never really knew real love and as she grew older she did become a ferocious business woman and as she heals in a 'facing your demons kind of way.' "Due to the lack of love she has retreated within her own mind to try and "make up" someone to love her. As she attempts to reconnect with her family and tries to save her mother, she was defeated time and time again." This story also had a kind of love story. Due to the lack of love she has retreated within her own mind to try and "make up" someone to love her. As she attempts to reconnect with her family and tries to save her mother, she is defeated time and time again. In this read this I could see some appearances from 'The Coldest Winter Ever and Midnight but I found that this story was of Porsche Santiaga and you will find from the read that this was some read. All of these characters were all intriguing and very somewhat very complexed. Now, this is the time that I say you must pick up this read this read to see how it will turn out from this read. If you are a Sister Souljah follower you will probably like this particular story of Porsche and I would recommend to you as a good read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 24, 2013

    Sister Souljah Rules

    I learnerd a lot from Sister Souljah through this book. It was a great read! It was different from The Coldest Winter Ever, but it will stay with me!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 17, 2013

    Great Book.

    Loved the story. While Winter may have been the girl youloved to hate, you can't help but love her sister.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 31, 2013

    Just finished...

    This was q wonderful read for me. The imagery I got helped turn this book into more than just words on paper. I love Sister Souljah's writing. I see the potential for a sequel.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 13, 2013

    I've been waiting years for this book if it is anything like the

    I've been waiting years for this book if it is anything like the coldest winter ever i know it's going to be good!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 7, 2013

    Good, but not what i thought

    Ok , i understood it was Porche's story, but this was not what i expected. It wasnt a bad read, just imagined it to b a tab bit diff. It did keep me reading , just to get to the end tho. I can still say The Coldest Winter Ever is STILL the HOTTEST book ! Im Not upset with the book bc it was different and motivational. Sista girl please do a Winter part 2 !!! This is not a sequal

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