A Piece of Cake by Cupcake Brown

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In addiction memoirs
Jan 19th, 2014

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A Piece of Cake by Cupcake Brown

Last time I checked though, with Oprah and the dictionary, memoirs are supposed to be non-fiction.  While many people seem to take what Ms. Brown says, repeatedly, in her book as gospel, I take issue with most of it, a la James Frey.    Parts of the book are, indeed, a page-turner as she describes her life as a "gang member" in L.A. and the constant abuse through which she seems to survive.  However, myself and countless other readers, take issue with the graphic detail that she is able to recount of many of her exploits while she was seemingly trashed out of her gourd.  Many of the experiences I cannot relate to but being wasted and addicted I can - and never was I lucid enough to remember details for five minutes much less months or years.

There are so many contradictions in the book, it's crazy.  And yes, I could start naming them but I'm not getting a grade or being paid for this so I don't feel inclined.   I also question the admissions standards of the law school that she attended given the volume of grammar mistakes throughout the book.  I don't know about you, but when I read these types of books, I'm looking to be inspired at some point, not to learn the details on how to cook meth.  In fact the actual "recovery" part doesn't even get mentioned here until nearly 300 pages in.  That's a lot of drugs and gang-banging to get through to get to any sort of hope.  Too much for this reader.

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