A Piece of Cake
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 Ã�Â�Ã�Â�Ã�Â�Ã�Â¢Ã�Â�Ã�Â¢Ã�Â�Ã�Â�Ã�Â�Ã�Â¬Ã�Â�Ã�Â¢Ã�Â�Ã�Â�Ã�Â�Ã�Â� 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 Ã�Â�Ã�Â�Ã�Â�Ã�Â¢Ã�Â�Ã�Â¢Ã�Â�Ã�Â�Ã�Â�Ã�Â¬Ã�Â�Ã�Â¢Ã�Â�Ã�Â�Ã�Â�Ã�Â� 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.
There are shelves of memoirs about overcoming the death of a parent, childhood abuse, rape, drug addiction, miscarriage, alcoholism, hustling, near-death injuries, drug dealing, prostitution or homelessness. Cupcake Brown survived all these things before she'd even turned twenty. And that's when things got interesting.
Shortlisted for YoungMinds Book Award 2007.
Sally writes: It is difficult to imagine whilst reading this that Brown is still alive, let alone a lawyer in a large firm. Following the death of her mother, at the tender age of eleven, she was ceremoniously dumped into the American child welfare system. It was in this supposed home for orphaned and neglected children that she was subjected to daily abuse, physically and mentally. In order to escape this systematic abuse Cupcake ran away only to find herself running headfirst into a world where drugs ruled. This is a truly inspiring book and a real eye-opener. Despite her horrific and tragic past Cupcake has been able to retell her story with humour that doesn't deflect from the gravity of her story.
Cupcake Brown was born in San Diego, in the heart of the ghetto. After years of hard work and dedicated study, she achieved her ambition, graduating from law school in the spring of 2001. She now practices law at one of America's largest law firms and is a motivational speaker. She lives in San Francisco.