This week, I want to talk about is A Piece of Cake: A Memoir by Cupcake Brown. Let me start by saying that the adorable title shouldn't fool you... this is an adult book! And it's not a sweet book about baking.
Cupcake, as her mother called her, shares with us her life of abuse, neglect, crime, drugs, gangs, prostitution, alcoholism, and life in the foster care system and as a runaway. And the most incredible part is that she experiences ALL of these things before turning 20.
She doesn't share her story from a place that begs for pity. Instead, she shares her dark past as a means to inspire others who have been neglected by our system and felt defeated. Her story is a much-needed reminder that one is never too-far-gone to change paths, as that's exactly what she did.
With a little faith, guidance and support from the right group, and a lot of determination, Cupcake was able to rise to greatness. She exhibits a sense of determination and strength that I can't even imagine, pulling herself our of the depths of addiction and out of a life riddled with poor choices. Through her ceaseless work, she went on to become not only a college graduate but a lawyer in one of the top 25 firms in the country.
Her message is an important one for those who need the reminder that every day is filled with choices, and that those choices create the life we live. It reminds me of a quote I used to hear from my late grandmother, "Unless you change who you are, you'll always have what you've got."
In case it wasn't clear, I definitely recommend this book!
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