From beloved daughter to abused foster child to prostitute and gang member, Brown took on the worst of contemporary urban life and survived it. Now ...Show synopsisFrom beloved daughter to abused foster child to prostitute and gang member, Brown took on the worst of contemporary urban life and survived it. Now an attorney at one of the largest firms in California, she vividly recounts her story.Hide synopsis
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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.
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.
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.
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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