Day 17 – A book you’ve read that changed your views on something
A Piece of Cake – Cupcake Brown
“You can’t say it’s impossible if you haven’t tried.” That’s a part of the intro on Cupcake’s website. Her story is nothing short of amazing. Cupcake (yes, that’s her real name) is completely open, honest, to-the-point, and frank in her memoir titled A Piece of Cake. The name of the book doesn’t do it justice. It feels like she’s given ALL of her to us. Put it on our laps, in our hands, on our ereaders. There. For us to take what we will from it. Her style is very relaxed, comfortable, and personal. The language is largely colloquial, and it’s as if the scene is unfolding right before your eyes. You see everything as she sees it – at 13 years old, at 20 years old, at 25 years old. You’re in her corner, cheering, begging, pleading, praying, laughing, and crying, wanting everything to work out.
If anyone asks me about the best books I’ve ever read, this spring to mind immediately. I read it earlier in the summer on my nook. It was meant to be a lunch hour read, but I ended up reading quite a bit at home, and whenever I had a chance. It’s a real page turner. I find it hard to say much about this book without spoiling it for potential readers, but still being able to express how GREAT it really is and how REWARDING it would be to read it.
Without revealing too much of her story, here are a few things about Cupcake’s first book:
- Death happens. Early on.
- Her family is torn apart and her life changes in the first few pages.
- She becomes dependent on “the system.”
- Every kind of abuse you can imagine .
- Living on the streets.
- Job seeking.
- Employment and unemployment.
- Friendships, both good and bad.
- In and out of school.
- Going back to school.
- Furthering education.
- Things are not always what they seem.
- We really can do anything we put enough thought, time, and energy into.
- There is a power greater than us, be it God, the universe, karma, or parts of the solar system seen or unseen.
- We have the power to be great.
- We can change our circumstances.
- Addiction is REAL. And HARD. And undefinable. Often unrecognizable, especially if it is our own.
- “The system” is flawed.
- Rehabilitation is underrated. And underfunded.
- PEOPLE need to HELP PEOPLE.
- One of the things we need most in life is SUPPORT.