Oh my! I was drawn into it from beginning to end, although the middle was long, it was needed to connect the ending...I can't imagine such a life! Kudos to Cupcake-congratulations! I just wanted to say that (and kudos to the reader of the audio book - great job!) :-)
I think it's completely possible to live a life of extreme abuse, neglect and addiction, and not survive to be a great writer. Kudos to Cupcake for her journey to sobriety - she is clearly a person of tremendous inner strength - but the outcome of her writing is repetitive and hard to get through. This seems a bit odd, because the events themselves are pretty outrageous, so I guess the problem could be the writing style. The book reads like an expanded first step (of the famous 12), with exhaustive recounts of the rape, crime, beatings, loss, and excessive quantities of drugs and alcohol, endless missed opportunities for change, and the, FINALLY, minutiae of recovery, all using the same 3 adjectives. Perhaps it should be a required listen for people new to recovery, but as a memoir it's not so compelling. I found the book by searching for Bahni Turpin, since she was such an excellent narrator in The Help, and she did try to enliven the "negative behaviors" and events of Cupcake's life, but it still doesn't work for me.
This is one of the best I've heard. Cupcake Brown shows amazing courage in sharing her story. It's definitely a story I will recommend to others.
This book is inspiring without being preachy. I really appreciate the authors honesty. It was a great read but painful in places because of her horrible life situations. The narrator is one of the best I've heard (I heard a sample of the one read by the author and it didn't sound as good, go with the unabridged read by Bahni Turpin and you'll have a better experience). Well worth the money and time.
Shorten it up a bit. The book was repetitive and sometimes sounded as if even the narrator was as tired of reading it as I was of listening to it. I couldn't wait to be done with it.
Fifty shades of grey...just for kicks.
Soothing. Smart. Nice. However, I'm not sure she was the right one for this book.
Inspirational story. Incredible heroine. Great narrator. Adult material: deals with the realities of the 1970's foster care system, rape, drugs, violence, and gangs. But the light at the end of the tunnel is so bright. Loved it.
Although this book gave a good insight into the life and recovery of an addict and someone who fell on hard times unfortunately this book didn't do much for me personally.
The only part I found inspiring was after Cupcake kicked the drugs and got clean and even then sometimes I found the parts where she used self deprecating humour to be unfunny and hard to believe.
As my header says I find it hard to believe someone who was constantly loaded and suffered blackouts would remember so much especially in instances when she was on her own.
Bahni Turpin did as a good a performance as could be expected give the lengthy book the content.
This story was shocking, funny, heart- wrenching and endearing. I laughed, cried, felt angry, sometimes all within a couple of paragraphs. Her story is a great example of God's mercy and love for His people.