Share from cover. Share from page:. More magazines by this user. Close Flag as Inappropriate. You have already flagged this document. Thank you, for helping us keep this platform clean. The editors will have a look at it as soon as possible. Delete template? Just when I thought her life couldn't get any worse and that sh Not good.
Just when I thought her life couldn't get any worse and that she hit rock bottom, I turned the page and found out I was wrong. Yeah, she went into rehab and made something of her life, but to me it didn't redeem the rest of the book. The story quality, if it's even all true, which I sincerely doubt given her heavy drug and alcohol abuse, doesn't make up for the poor writing.
Not something I ever wanna touch again with a ten foot pole. Jan 30, Anita Pomerantz rated it really liked it. First of all, this book is an undeniably gripping and gritty read. It brought tears to my eyes several times, and I'm always in awe of books that can do that. If ever a book demonstrates the perils facing the underclass, this book does. Prostitution, gangs, drugs, spousal abuse, homelessness. The author's life careens out of contr First of all, this book is an undeniably gripping and gritty read.
The author's life careens out of control after the horrific trauma of her childhood. I felt like the best parts of the book were really how Cupcake shows the reader how drug addicts think, act, and feel. The ending is very uplifting in good measure because of the people who were able to see beyond the drugs to the human being.
Honestly, there must have been something special about Cupcake that wasn't quite conveyed because people helped her repeatedly, sometimes when it was hard to see why she deserved it from the reader perspective given how much she lied. The writing is not particularly literary, but I think if it was, it really wouldn't read as true.
It's an incredible story, and honestly, it doesn't need a lot of embellishment in the language department. May 21, Julia rated it it was ok Shelves: nonfiction , memoir.
First, I think this was a great story that needed to be told, but the way it was told made reading the book a frustrating experience rather than inspiring. After about the first pages, I began to enjoy the book more, but since the book is just under pages, I spent the majority of the book just wanting to get to the end to get to the recovery.
I'm glad I read it all the way through and it does seem like a book with overall good reviews It is a New York Times Bestseller , but I did have s First, I think this was a great story that needed to be told, but the way it was told made reading the book a frustrating experience rather than inspiring. I'm glad I read it all the way through and it does seem like a book with overall good reviews It is a New York Times Bestseller , but I did have several problems with it.
Things that went wrong that hurt the quality of the story: 1 The author glorified her experiences turning them into war stories rather than just explaining what happened.
Reading about her constant pride and arrogance about her terrible decisions became extremely frustrating, and it seemed to become more of a "I bet this was more intense for me that it was for you" battle with other memoirs that are out there. I found it excruciating that she kept referring to herself as mature for her age and that everyone else was ignorant throughout the book, not in reference to how she is now and I still haven't figured out if the author was trying to right from her perspective at each time of the chapter or at her current state.
I read it as if the author was telling a story since she did make present day references such as "Little did I know, the next few years If you read it as if she is writing from the age of the moment, I don't think it would be as bad. Overall though, this provided as a distraction from her story more than anything. There were several times when the sentences made absolutely no sense or she would say something that caused an emotionally charged or dramatic situation, even though she referenced the exact same thing chapters before in a different context it made me wonder if it was embellishment or just an error she didn't catch.
So do I recommend this book? Yes and no. I love memoirs, and so I may be a much pickier reader when it comes to them than the average person. There is definitely an art to telling a story about one's self, and I think that authors tend to either glorify their life or make it into a story that they are sharing.
I tend to like the latter, but this was definitely more of a glorification. Brown's story is definitely inspiring in more ways then one and is worth knowing about, whether it is through her books, one of her presentations, or some alternative biography. One last note: I do not recommend this book for teens and possibly young adults because of the amount of glorification. The people who become as successful as Brown did after all her traumatic experiences and poor life decisions are 1 in a million.
Her story, however, may give people the impression that they can not get an education she didn't put effort into schooling until her late 20s and did not complete her education prior to that , do drugs, drink, and not do an ounce of work until their mid twenties and become a successful lawyer and writer.
I still can't wrap my head around her level of success and the amount of effort and positive decision making she put into her life, and I think that the rarity of this type of situation is often one that is missed, especially by young adults who are still in the mindset that the author was in for the majority of the book.
I think the book also shows a very warped perception of control because the author had a lot of control in how she dealt with the situations she was handed and often made them much worse because of how she choose to handle them which she never addresses in the book - the book focuses more on "this is what happened to me and the crappy life I was handed" rather than "these are how the decisions I made affected my already difficult life".
Sep 12, Martin rated it liked it. I bought this book several times when I worked as a therapist at an adolescent group home. I never got to read it because each successive copy would either 'come up missing' taken without permission and never returned or I would lend it to one of my group home kids in an attempt to get them to read. Loving the book, they would then lend it to their friends and I would never see it again. Because of the way this book had touched the lives of people who had touched me, I thought it would be more I bought this book several times when I worked as a therapist at an adolescent group home.
Because of the way this book had touched the lives of people who had touched me, I thought it would be more revelatory than it actually was.
I know that my group home kids loved the book because it spoke to their own experiences in foster care and the juvenile justice system. I have read many reviews doubting the truth in the number of unrelenting horror stories the author relates. Having worked with kids in foster care and having read their four-inch thick case files, I've come to expect that if anything can go wrong it will.
I have heard all these stories before, but I did not mind and I do not doubt that they can all happen to one person. The middle section, when Cupcake is working as a paralegal as a cover for her addiction, tends to be repetitive but I think gives a lived-in experience of an addict's insane behaviors and bizarre expectations. The final section on recovery also holds no surprises; it conveys a very standard 'two steps forward, one step back' progression in AA.
I am glad that so many young people are connecting with this book and hopefully it has demystified the recovery process for those who may need it later. In this sense, the book is reaching a part of the population who might not reach for other recovery memoirs, which tend to be middle and upper class stories about a great fall.
Cupcake started at the bottom and managed to pull herself up to the top. What will stay with me are the moments of unexpected kindness from strangers and co-workers who did not have to extend themselves at all. And the fact that Cupcake tried very hard to appear and sound professional in order to cover her addiction, but this faking it actually helped her make it in the end, as so many people believed she could overcome everything.
The reason why I'm only giving this book 3 stars is because it is poorly written. The writing in the beginning is very simple, with the intention of conveying a young girl's thoughts and feelings. It is not quite successful and I could tell what the author was trying to do. Later when Cupcake is trying to speak properly to prepare for the working world, the vocabulary expands too obviously, inorganically as if she were searching through a thesaurus for grander words. But if the writing was supposed to reflect the character's current intellectual capacity, why did she not know the meanings of colon, hypoglycemia or other words that would cause her humorous embarrassment?
And on almost every page she will describe an action or emotion with three adjectives, and usually one does not quite fit or two are so close in meaning as to render one of them redundant.
At her graduation she was "hyped, excited and nervous" while her family was "cheering, screaming and crying". I got so exhausted, exasperated and exclamatory whenever I read phrases such as these. Oh, did I mention she also has a talent for alliteration? I love her for that, actually, and I even enjoyed her triple adjectives if they were alliterative.
I read this years ago and suddenly just thought of it today. Cupcake Brown's story is a powerful one and a very honest one.
She talks candidly about her involvement with drugs, alcohol and prostitution. I think where the story fell short for me is her recording her drug use. It became almost monotonous as drug use can be!
Withdrawals, scores, highs, it was all terribly cyclical and nearly drove me up the wall. But I enjoyed her writing style and found it a readable b I read this years ago and suddenly just thought of it today. But I enjoyed her writing style and found it a readable book, even though I read it in a time before I really started to enjoy memoirs.
I think her story is a testament to the strength and resilience on the human spirit and hard evidence that even people who've been using substances from a young age can get clean.
An exceptional story, to match an exceptional woman. Dec 16, Brandi Garner rated it it was amazing. Honestly, I had no idea what this book was about when I read it. Learn more. Flag as inappropriate.
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