"It dazzles you with the amazing change that is possible in one lifetime. We see a woman learn to build a family from strangers who help her because she is another human being trying to overcome horrendous circumstances. It is a story that is poetic in its simplicity, beautifully stripped to the basics" (Washington Post
"Extraordinary... An engaging account of a remarkable life filled with pain and wisdom, hope and redemption" (San Francisco Chronicle
"Her story of survival and triumph is incredible and often rough. Readers who like gritty, urban nonfiction will enjoy this" (Booklist
"Want to be inspired by a story that's far from run-of-the-mill? Curl up with Cupcake Brown's harrowing, sugar-free memoir..." (Marie Claire
"Incredibly frank and funny memoir
There are shelves of memoirs about overcoming the death of a parent, childhood abuse, rape, drug addiction, miscarriage, alcoholism, hustling, 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.