The No.1 Sunday Times Bestseller This is the heart-wrenching true story of a girl named Cupcake and it begins when, aged eleven, she is orphaned and placed in the 'care' of sadistic foster parents. But there comes a point in her preteen years - maybe it's the night she first tries to run away and is exposed to drugs, alcohol, and sex all at once - ...
The No.1 Sunday Times Bestseller This is the heart-wrenching true story of a girl named Cupcake and it begins when, aged eleven, she is orphaned and placed in the 'care' of sadistic foster parents. But there comes a point in her preteen years - maybe it's the night she first tries to run away and is exposed to drugs, alcohol, and sex all at once - when Cupcake's story shifts from a tear-jerking tragedy to a dark, deeply disturbing journey through hell. Cupcake learned to survive by turning tricks, downing hard liquor and ingesting every drug she could find while hitchhiking up and down the California coast. At just 16 she stumbled into the terrifying world of the gangsta, dealing drugs, hustling and only just surviving a drive-by shooting. Ironically, it was Cupcake's rapid descent into the nightmare of crack cocaine addiction that finally saved her. After one four-day crack binge she woke up behind a dumpster. Half-dressed and half-dead, she finally realized she had to change her life or die on the streets - another trash-can addict, another sad statistic. Astonishingly, Cupcake turned her life around and this is her brutally frank, startlingly funny story. Unlike any memoir you will ever read, A Piece of Cake is a redemptive, gripping tale of a resilient spirit who took on the worst of contemporary urban life and survived it. It is also the most genuinely affecting rollercoaster ride through hell and back that you will ever take.
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This is one of the best memoirs I've read in a long time. I highly recommend it to anyone who likes to read true stories about real people we can relate to!!
Jan 1, 2009
Disturbing and Addicting Read
I picked up this book not knowing what to expect but a woman who turned her life around after her addiction to drugs. The author gave graphic details (which I appreciated because unless you experience it you never know) accounts of her life from the beginning where she was a happy child who after losing her mother, was suddenly taken from her home and entered a life of sexual, verbal, and physical abuse that eventually lead to drugs and prostitution as a means of survival. Reading this book was at times disturbing because you can't imagine a child going through such abuse but at the same time I could not put the book down. The only downfall I would say is that the book is lengthy and by the time I was a little more than halfway, she was still talking about her addictions and I was ready to read about how she had changed her life. Overall I highly recommend the book especially for anyone knowing someone with an addiction or having an addiction themself. She endured this lifestyle for years but eventually changed which is proof that anyone can change with will and determination.
Feb 28, 2008
My very best friend has been addicted to cocaine for the majority of his life; he started using at 17 and is currently 39 years old. He entered rehab back in July 2007, where he currently remains, learning to live/cope with life's challenges without the use of cocaine, alcohol, etc. A very close friend of mine recommended that I encourage my friend to buy/read "A Piece of Cake" for inspiration - that if Cupcake Brown can bring it under control and live a healthy life without drugs, etc., so can he. And so, I purchased this book and took it to Ron on my monthly visit to his rehab community. "A Piece of Cake" was a hit with Ron, easy reading, and hit the nail on the head as to where he was coming from in life - nothing much in his favor, with drugs being his only outlet. Ron read this book quickly and has donated it to the rehab community as a "must-read" for anyone who also wants to be reminded that life can be lived without addiction to drugs. I highly reccommend this book as inspirational reading to anyone who either has a friend/family member that is addicted or in recovery, and most definitely to anyone who is an addict. It hits the nail on the head.
Oct 22, 2007
Raw and honest
Cupcake Brown walks us through her life without apologies. Many people of the world today live in seemingly impossible circumstances. She gives them a voice and a belief that everyone is capable of great things. Her perseverance and authenticity gives any reader hope to follow their dreams and passions.
Apr 4, 2007
If you want a real look into the life of an addict turned professional with all the bells and whistles, this is it and more. Although one would think this is your typical "I blame my past for my present" lamentation, you would be surprised to find the unapologetic tone of the book very appealing. The read can become a bit lengthy, but just as one cannot edit out any small parts of their life, it would do no good to shorten this memoir. All points are integral to understanding the struggles and successes of this character. Prepare to be inspired.
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