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A Piece of Cake by Cupcake Brown
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Feb 15, 2012

it was amazing

After waking up one morning to find her mother dead, ten-year-old Cupcake Brown soon found out the person she had been calling “Daddy” her whole life was not her biological father. Taken away from the only family she had ever known, Cupcake was dropped off at an abusive foster home where she would spend years trying to escape by running away, hitchhiking, drinking, gangbanging, prostituting, and trying every drug in the book. After years of drugs and alcohol being the only thing Cupcake knew, she finally decided to get clean and follow her dreams to make life worth living. A Piece Of Cake is Cupcake Brown’s true story of the horrors of abuse and addiction, and the road to recovery.

It’s not often you find a book that’s so honest, tragic, hilarious, and inspirational at the same time. A Piece Of Cake is the perfect combination of just that. Cupcake shares the story of her unimaginable life and doesn’t leave out a single detail. Her shocking descriptions of her most tragic memories make it impossible to not feel sympathy for her. She recounts her stories of abuse just as she remembers them. During the parts where she explains her childhood, it’s as if you can hear ten-year-old Cupcake actually speaking. She talks to the reader from that exact moment in time instead of just retelling the story, which makes it so painstakingly real. Her use of voice is just so incredible that you forget she’s telling a story. It feels as though you are actually with Cupcake, living out each moment in her life. You begin to really feel her pain and see that all she wants is love, which comes up in a quote I can’t forget. “It was during a discussion about that book that I decided purple would be my new favorite color. There was a line in the book that said the color purple just wanted to be loved like everything else, like me.” (126) Her innocence and longing to just feel love is so striking. You begin to feel like you actually know her, which makes her stories of abuse, rape, prostitution, gangbanging, homelessness, and drug addiction even more heartbreaking. It makes it seem impossible that anybody would be able to live through the things she’s experienced in her life. Yet, right when it seems like there is no hope left, Cupcake asks for help and decides to get clean. After recovery, she goes on to attend college and fulfill her dream of being a lawyer. Her success and resilience is so incredibly inspirational. It shows that there is always hope no matter what you’ve been through. When you finish this book, you don’t just throw it back on the shelf and forget about it. It’s one that really sticks with you and has a place in your heart. It’s something you find yourself revisiting again and again and will always be my favorite book for these reasons and more.
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