Saturday, July 9, 2011
Piece of Cake by Cupcake Brown
There are shelves of memoirs about overcoming the death of a parent, childhood abuse, rape, drug addiction, miscarriage, alcoholism, hustling, gangbanging, 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.
The story started out good, but less than halfway through, I felt myself beginning to get angry. Especially reading the parts about Cup and her husband charging up thousands of dollars on credit cards, with no intention of ever paying them. Then, Cup gets a job as a legal secretary, lies on her resume, treats everyone at her workplace like crap...I lost every bit of sympathy I had for this girl who lost her mom so young, and spent years in foster home abuse. I stuck it out and finished the book, but I was not impressed with her going back to school and making something of herself. For so much of the book she treated people terribly....It can't all be neatly wrapped up in the end with a happily ever after.