I have read and listened to a few books lately. I'll share my reviews with you!
The first book, A Piece of Cake, by Cupcake Brown is a memoir. This is the true story of the triumph of Cupcake. It starts out when she finds her mother dead in their house at the age of 11. Cupcake has an older brother who is currently living with their "father" because Cupcake's mother could not handle him. What comes to pass is this man is not the biological father of Cupcake and her brother. Even though the step-father would have probably been better for them, the judge awards their custody to their real father. Cupcake and her brother are placed in the foster care system by their biological father (while he supposedly is getting a home ready for them) and the horror of her life begins. She runs away, is sexually and physically abused, and runs away again and again. She becomes a prostitute at a very young age. She becomes addicted to drugs and joins a gang in Los Angeles. The book follows Cupcake through all of this until she finally gets recovery and joins up with a law firm who gives her a chance and she becomes a lawyer.
This book should be a 'feel good read.' But it was horrific to get through. The language was brutal and the continual stories of drugs, sex, and violence we kind of a turn off. I realize she needed to tell her 'real' story but I think it was too much. I would have liked for her to talk more about how all of the bad decisions she made (and the ones that were made for her) led her onto the wrong path. There is also a bit of 'white bashing' which is hard for me to understand. I think what really struck me about this book is her enthusiasm in telling the parts that to me were horrible. She seemed to be proud of them. But through some of my interactions with people like this, I have found they are often 'proud' of their criminal behavior.
The book was NOT read by Cupcake, herself, but the story is hers. I am glad she was able to better herself. Millions do not get the chances she was given. Over and over and over again.
I will give the book 3 stars. *** It was a good story even if I do think it could have cut out half the book and still told the same story. I listened to this book for my June bookclub!