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  • Paperback: 544 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam; 1st Paperback Edition edition (2 Oct 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0553818171
  • ISBN-13: 978-0553818178
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 3.4 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (151 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 12,431 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"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 " (Closer)

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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.

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36 of 36 people found the following review helpful By L. Coleman on 29 Jan 2007
Format: Paperback
I was floored by this book! Most of us have read "A Million Little Pieces", and like other reviewers, I must admit that I am also addicted to these kinds of stories. However, this book is a strong departure from many of the other books I have read in this genre. First, Cupcake has an amazing voice throughout the novel. The dialogue, however "street" it may be, is accurate and on point! I can tell you coming from the streets of NYC/America, that the speech and dialects are nothing less than flawless. Secondly, this author has much less of a tendency to victimize herself than other authors in the memoir game. Perhaps one would say that this is simply the effect of her AA meetings, etc., but I continually felt the genuity and humility of her story. She admits her anger at she was treated, but impressively continues to muster resolve to get through it. Fantastic read, impossible to put down--and equally impossible to forget!
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By slinky_malinki on 16 Oct 2006
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I finished this book in a couple of days. I think 'enjoyable' would probably be the wrong word to use, as at times, it made me cry. Cup's story is a rollercoaster of emotions but ultimately one of survival & determination. I've never felt so proud of someone that I don't know. You go girl!!!
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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Lola...x on 22 Feb 2007
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This review isn't to tell people about this book but to simply tell people that it is a MUST READ. When I first looked at it I thought that it was way too dense and that I probably wouldn't get through the whole thing; to look at it it's quite intimidating. However, once I got over the size of the book I just got lost in it. I often missed my stop on the tube or bus as I was so into it that I forgot where I was. I enjoy these kinds of books and I often find myself welling up with tears as I read one, from the horrendous ordeals people go through. But with this book Cupcake Brown added so much humour that I felt for her but I couldn't help myself from laughing at the things she'd written. She has a unique writing style that just captured me. For anyone that enjoys this genre then I would definitely recommend this book!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Sara Davies on 20 Feb 2007
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At first when reading this book I thought that the author was going into a little too much detail. But as I read on, I could see exactly why she had. This is one of the most descriptive books that I've ever read. All through it, I could vision this authors life.

This is definitely one that should be turned into a movie.

Well done to Cupcake for being so bravely honest! After such a devastating life, you have shown the world that it is possible to turn from victim to survivor!

Like many of us authors that have written about this subject know, its not easy to be so honest sometimes. Yet to be honest is the only way of giving others an understanding of child abuse and the after effects.

Cupcake has done this brilliantly. Well done!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Rachel Arnold on 7 Jan 2007
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I don't particularly enjoy this type of novel but I picked it up cheap when I was looking for a book to read on holiday. I took it away and brought it home and finally was left with nothing else to read.

It was a fascinating read and a real insight into the drug and gang world. It gave me a understanding of why this world is attractive to people and how they can be drawn into such disastrous and dangerous lives.

Cupcake's one day at a time recovery was truly inspiring and I have thought recently about small trials in my own life - if Cupcake can do this then I can apply her lessons to my own life.

A true surprise of a good read.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By sonia418 on 11 Mar 2007
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I have never read a story like this before and although i'm only half way through it i am hooked and can't put it down cos I want to know what happens to her and i can't believe her body could take so much abuse.I'm looking for other books of a similar type to read now. This book has changed my reading intersets.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Stacey on 20 Mar 2007
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I'm not a super reader and it takes a special book to keep me hooked. There are not many books I have read in full since leaving school. "A boy called it" was 1 and this 1. Everyone must read this because it is incredible. Cupecake Brown is an amazing person. It has made me want to read more.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Sunshine5 on 31 Oct 2006
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I just finished this book and I thought it was an awesome read. The only part I found slightly tiresome was the gangsta part however I persevered and what an amazing story was told. From the age of 11 after Cupcake lost her beloved mother she suffered the worst kind of hell in foster care encountering physical and sexual abuse and after years of alcohol and drug use she turned her life around and came through the other end shining. Cupcake is an amazing woman and I'd like to congratulate her on her sobriety and wish her all the best for the future. This is an inspirational read and I would highly recommend to everyone.
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