Monday, June 4, 2018

Book Review-A Piece of Cake

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! 

15 comments:

  1. Think I'll pass on this one. The language, drugs & sex isn't something I want to read.

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  2. This is not my cup of tea. I grew up in a poor neighborhood and saw enough without further reading about it. Friends have told me I should write about it but it is just too depressing.

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    1. I grew up poor too. But thank God I didn't have to resort to any of this!

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  3. Whew. Once the 'horrific' stuff started (and continued), I'd be seeking other reading material.

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  4. I wish I had the time to sit and read. I like all books and have collected enough for rainy days to come. Its nice to stop in and get your opinions.

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  5. Her words might be helpful to those going through similar situations. So they can see themselves, and what they're currently living through, and see that it's survivable. And they could even climb all the way out.

    Not a book for me. I'm glad you got something out of it.

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    1. I don't know that I got anything out of it to tell the truth!

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  6. I hadn't heard of Cupcake Brown; now I'll have to google her to find out more about her. Not sure I'll be reading the book though, but good review of it!

    betty

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  7. Well you know this review is hitting home with me right now. We are awaiting the "full disclosure" paperwork. The case worker says there is tons of it.

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  8. I'm sure this book is a catharsis. Telling it all is the only way to get this story out. Anything else is a fiction that comes back to you in old age. The people who read it and benefit most from it are those who have had this happen to them. Unfortunately, there are a lot of them, in this wicked society, and blind eyes have gotten turned, even in Protective Services, and even by good people who are overworked and underpaid.

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