Book Review: A Piece of Cake

Book Review: A Piece of CakeA Piece of Cake by Cupcake Brown
Published by Broadway Books on April 10, 2007
Pages: 472
Format: eBook

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 16 she stumbled into the terrifying world of the gangsta, dealing drugs, hustling and only just surviving a drive-by shooting. 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.

I’m back again with yet another book review. I know… I know too many books and not enough real life content, but more of that is coming soon. At least you have posts while I’m figuring out what I’m doing in my life.

Let’s get back to the topic at hand. This book review in case you haven’t noticed is about the book A Piece of Cake by Cupcake Brown. This is the Paper & Glam book club pick for June, I’m ahead and slightly behind due to a slight miscalculation on my part. You’ll find out a few book reviews from now my misstep and where I’m behind. If you have been following the blog for a while you will know that without a doubt that YA fiction in my wheelhouse. I’ll dive through like water, for this book club it challenges me to read things outside my comfort zone that I probably wouldn’t have heard of and probably wouldn’t have picked up if given the choice. All the more reason I love this book club 🙂

In this story, we find ourselves diving headfirst into this autobiography of Cupcake Brown. No punches pulled and no lies told that the reader is aware of. Cupcake goes from a loving normal life of a six year old to being torn apart from the family that she’s known and being flung all over California due to running away from a situation she never wanted to be in. Soon she discovers drugs as an escape and it would be a long time before she finally finds her way back to achieving her dreams and coming to terms with everything that has happened in her life.

I will try and keep my promise to not spoil the ending of the book too much, although being an autobiography you know most of what happens next. I would recommend this book with a grain of salt. Overall, I found the book fascinating and nearly always wanted to keep reading although the graphic nature of the material told in the book sometimes left me uncomfortable reading this book in public. If you are not into the gory details of someone’s life in a graphic sense. Cupcake Brown did drugs, was homeless, suffered abuse, and was tossed around the foster system for a bit. Then. you will definitely not like this book.

Let me know if you have read this book and what you thought. I also added a Currently Reading section in my sidebar instead of the usual books I’ve read. If you have any recommendations for books I should read this year, let me know 🙂 Also if you see any books that I’m reading and don’t see a review, you can always hop to my Goodreads to see a short review there. I’ll see you soon with another post.


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