I am not even sure what compelled me to purchase this book (months ago) except that I like biographies, especially ones that are meant to inspire, but upon having an extraordinarily realistic dream a couple of weeks ago about Cupcake Brown being the keynote speaker for the Gordon Parks Celebration (we live in his town of birth and my husband telling me Cup was not involved in this, much to my disappointment), I figured God was telling me it was time to read this book. I really do not have adequate words for this book. It truly was so much more than what I was expecting. I have struggled lately with varying aspects of my life and my relationship with God, and I think this book has helped me put a lot of things in perspective and seek God as I once did. While Cup and I do not appear to have very much in common (I'm currently a middle-aged stay-at-home white mom of three children), I can completely relate to a lot of things she experienced as a child that lead her down a wild path in order to numb the pain, having endured several things most people cannot fathom in their day-to-day life. In addition to the abuse suffered, so much of Cup's book resonated with me, like: learning as an adult what my childhood dreams were and that it is never too late to achieve them, learning to love and forgive myself and those who have hurt me, working through anger issues, learning to trust God and not be ashamed of my past. Cupcake is truly proof that God means it for good. I am grateful Cupcake shared her real story; it's inspiring and reaching people years after it has been told. If you are someone who is struggling in life, a wounded soul, or just looking for something inspiring to read, I would definitely recommend this book. You will not be let down!
It took me a while to get into this book because of the terrible things that Cupcake experienced and the choices she made but it is a very inspiring book that no matter what you have been through, how little you have, you can turn it around if you are determined and put the hard work in. Cup was able to accomplish so much near the end - I kind of wish more emphasis was put onto the amazing things near the end - after struggling to get to where she turns it around I didn't want the book to end because I wanted to hear more of the great things she has done. I have seen too many lives affected by drugs and this gives me hope that more people in situations like this can and do turn it around to become successful and have a rewarding life. My cousin battled with drugs and addiction from a young age and then when approaching 40 he got clean and went back to school. He just graduated at the top of his class and was hired with what I believe is one of his first jobs EVER and is doing fabulous. I am so proud that he made the decision and is doing so well now. He sees what it's like to live life to the fullest and is happier than ever. This book gives you a "good feeling" and I would recommend it to anyone looking for a motivational/inspirational story.
Great job Cupcake Brown!! Thank you for sharing your story and I am so glad you were able to overcome all of the unfortunate situations you had to deal with through your life! I hope people dealing with an addiction can see that there is life without drugs and that they really can succeed if they have the determination.
I really like this book. It's heart-wrenching & angering & I had to take a break from it every now & then but it was awesome to read how she triumphed & overcame! I loved reading about how she pushed through & preseved & how God reached down & saved her. How He blessed her time & time again & surrounded her w/an encouraging group of ppl that wouldn't let her give up! Her relationship with God grew & in Him she found freedom. It's difficult to read what she went through but her testimony is so very worth it!
I thought this book was engaging and well-written. Although it is difficult to read about the things that Cupcake went through as a child I feel it is important to expose yourself to this type of information in order to maintain empathy for those around you. As a former social worker, I was taken back to my days as a child abuse investigator and the frustrations that I had with the system. I would like to say that it has improved a lot since the 70's and 80's but much of what Cupcake experienced still goes on. Hopefully reading this book will help others empathize with those in the foster care system, or products of it, and maybe spark some to advocate for change or become foster parents themselves. I would like to see an epilogue that updates what Cupcake has been doing with her life and her law degree.
Here it is, the book that will break you, rip your heart out and somehow piece it back together again. You will need multiple heart check breaks to keep up with everything Cupcake endured.
Eleven, Cupcake was eleven when she found her mother dead, eleven when she was ripped from the only family she’s ever known and eleven when she was forced into womanhood. It was survival ever since.
I appreciate Cupcakes honesty, her rawness, her unapologetic retelling of every emotion she had. I wanted to fight for her and wondered many times why no one stepped in and did right by her. I want to ask all of the adults she encountered if the money they received was worth torturing and taking away her childhood? I want to ask those men how they can live with themselves knowing what they had done.
I would recommend this book. It’s a hard one to get through, but well worth it in the end.