My Soul Fainted Within Me African-American YA novel: My Soul Fainted Within Me by Shonda. This book is available on amazon (Kindle and paperback). How does it feel to live in a household with two loving parents? Or in a home embedded with abuse and fear? How does it feel to not know your father? Or to crave time and affection from your mother? What does it feel like to hate? To love? To lose? For this circle of friends -- comprised of Paris, Lonnie, CoCo, Rachel, and Shanice -- the answers are soul-stirring.