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A Piece of Cake | Paperback

Released on 02 October 2006

Author: Cupcake Brown | Format: Paperback

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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 sixteen, she stumbled into the terrifying world of the gangsta, dealing drugs, hustling and only just surviving a drive-by shooting. But, 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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 Well worth a read

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I must admit, I found the American ghetto-language this book is written in a bit hard to understand at first but other than that, I found this a brilliant book about an amazing womans life. Don't hesitate, buy it today.

 Truly Inspirational

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This is by far the most inspirational book i have ever read. Cupcake Brown doesn't hold back with her storytelling and reveals the brutal truth about her childhood. She went through so many harrowing experiences - drug addiction, neglect and abuse to name but a few, and somehow she manged to come out the other end. This is the ultimate tale of a survivor and everyone must read this book.

 jaw dropping

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I could not put this book down! It made me cry it made me angry and it made me laugh.It is a truly inspirational book written by a truly inspirational woman.I recommend this to anyone.

 The best book I have ever read, totally brilliant.

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The best book i have ever read, keeps to hucked from the first page, definately worth a read.

 Inspirational life changing book

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I knew a few things about drugs before i read this book and i'd read a fair bit about child abuse, neglect etc in other books, but this book, has to be the most eye opening book i have ever read...about real life. Im not in denial of what goes on behind closed doors, im pretty sure there's a lot going on that's not open to the public. Cupcake Brown has to be awarded something for her bravery, for her experience, for her journey.
It's sad what she went through when the system failed her. Its terrible that no one wanted to save her or speak to her. Her dad and Jr did help but this thing about being "grown" meant as you're an adult, you deal with it your way, no one interferes.
What surprised me the most, she was able to get jobs in Law Firms by the way she dressed. She was looked down on by the way she dressed, and just her attitude and probably the way she conducted herself would have caused concern, but the managers never said a thing, they were impressed by her resume. I loved this about her. I dont know if it was the drugs talking but she could talk her way out of anything.
I felt sorry for her, a lot. I was amazed by the things she got away with. I was surprised that no one did anything to help her. I was even more suprised by the amount of drugs she was taking and the amount of alcohol she consumed. She was slowly self destructing from the age of 11 to 20 and i found it quite interesting how the mind, attitude, well being can alterate someone's life. I knew about drugs, limited amount, before i started reading but i know so much.
I would recommend this book to anyone who is thinking about taking drugs or to those who are starting off on stuff like weed and want to try stronger drugs or those that just want to learn about the affects. It certainly opened my eyes and made me think there are so many people out there who carelessly take drugs, not knowing anything about them and dont actually know the affects of these drugs.
I loved how despite her appearance, she got the jobs she went for, i loved the hope in America and the perseverance of the employers, esp the managers. Even tho her colleagues complained about her, it didn't do anything to her, but then again it could have been the drugs that made her oblivious but she kept on working even though she was late. The drugs she took made her proactive.
I have not read all of the book yet, i have just spent a whole day reading most of it. I am up to the bit where she's just looked at herself in a window and seen what she really looks like.
This book has made me more confident. Has given me hope that there are people out there that want to help you. Im glad she's now a lawyer. I hear she has been sober for 20 years. And she recently celebrated her birthday in March. Happy Belated Birthday Cupcake, hope the making of the film goes well.

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AuthorCupcake Brown
PublisherTransworld Publishers Ltd (United Kingdom)
Year2006
ISBN9780553818178
FormatPaperback - 544 Pages