In my last post My mini (click on it if you missed it) I mentioned my favorite memoir "A Piece of Cake" by Cupcake Brown... I didn't want to leave you hanging about it because it was a GREAT book and a SuPER interesting read.
Cupcake is a young girl who had been through it all: foster care, gangs, prostitution, drug and alcohol addiction, abuse and homeless she really went through it all, changed her life for the better and today is a successful lawyer.
If you want a little more details...
Here is an editorial review from Booklist:
"Cupcake (La'Vette) Brown went from the relative security of life in a working-class neighborhood of San Diego to hardship and uncertainty when, at the age of 11, her mother died. Her estranged biological father lost interest when an expected insurance payout didn't materialize, and Cupcake and her brother were left with a merciless foster mother and her abusive son. Unable to take the mistreatment, Cupcake drifted into a life of prostitution, drug addiction, gang affiliation, stealing, homelessness, and any available means of survival. Her salvation comes in an unlikely group of fellow addicts who encourage her to change. Brown takes the same fortitude it took to survive the streets and uses it to become a lawyer. Her story of survival and triumph is incredible and often rough. Readers who like gritty, urban nonfiction will enjoy this book."
I recommend this read to anyone. :) & once I gradutate with my Master of Social Work these are the kids i'm looking forward to working with.
♥ Love. Erica